`Theatre World' Awards Salute Bryan Cranston, Chris O'Dowd Broadway Bows

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsBryan Cranston, starring on Broadway as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, and Chris O’Dowd, co-starring with James Franco in the Broadway revival of Of Mice And Men, were among the winners of Theatre World‘s 70th annual awards this morning. Kudos give the nod to outstanding Broadway and off-Broadway debuts. Also cited were Mary Bridget Davies, whose uncanny imitation of Janis Joplin recently aborted its Broadway-to-off-Broadway move, and Zachary Levi, who debuted in the Broadway tuner First Date. The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre went to Celia Keenan-Bolger, Laura in the Tony-nominated revival of The Glass Menagerie. Canadian thesp Christopher Plummer got the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement. Willis was the founder and longtime editor of Theatre World and Screen World seasonal compendia. The awards will be handed out at a June 2 ceremony at Circle In The Square Theatre. A complete list of winners follows:

2014 Theatre World Award Winners

Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance during the 2013-2014 theatrical season:

Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Sarah Greene, The Cripple Of Inishmaan
Rebecca Hall, Machinal
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Zachary Levi, First Date
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice And Men
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin In The Sun
Emerson Steele, Violet
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder

2014 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Winner, Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production

Celia Keenan-Bolger for her performance as Laura in The Glass Menagerie

2014 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Winner
Christopher Plummer

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