Daveed Diggs and Benjamin Scheuer Are Among Theatre World Awards Winners

Twelve newcomers will be awarded for their debut performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

NEW YORK CITY: The recipients of the 2015 Theatre World Awards were announced on May 5, recognizing six actresses and six actors for their debuts in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.

Two of the recipients were for Off-Broadway performances at notable New York nonprofit houses: Daveed Diggs, who played the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamiltonwhich recently wrapped up its twice-extended run Public Theater and will move uptown to the Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer. The other Off-Broadway winner was Benjamin Scheuer, whose one-man play with music The Lion recently played at Manhattan Theatre Club and at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (and is currently on a tour of the nation’s resident theatres).

In addition to the debut awards, the committee also named the recipients of honorary awards: Chita Rivera, who’ll recieve the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and Leanne Cope, winning the 7th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence for her performance as Lise in An American in Paris.

Peter Filichia will host 71st Annual Theatre World Awards ceremony, which will take place June 1 at the Lyric Theatre in New York City.

The complete list of this year’s recipients is below.

OUTSTANDING DEBUT PERFORMANCE, ACTRESS
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Megan Fairchild, On the Town
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Karen Pittman, Disgraced
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

OUTSTANDING DEBUT PERFORMANCE, ACTOR
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Last Ship
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion
Alex Sharp , The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

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