|Shalita Grant of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike|
at the Theatre World Awards
Theater journalist Peter Filichia hosted and wrote the ceremony which was indeed a "show" as Alda said. John Tartaglia of Avenue Q directed the production which included performances by previous TW winners. Ben Vereen opened the evening with a electric rendition of "Magic to Do" which he introduced in the original Pippin. Also singing were Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz, 2004), Philip Boykin (Porgy and Bess, 2012), and Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages, 2009). Taylor advised the winners to cherish the praise since it may not last. After winning his TW Award for Rock of Ages which was a popular and critical hit, he appeared the universally lambasted Addams Family and then everyone's favorite object of hate-watching Smash.
|Crystal A. Dickinson (top) presented a|
Theatre World Award to her husband
Brandon J. Dirden
Each presenter had a strong connection with the recipient. Rob McClure of Chaplin performed opposite Ben Vereen in I'm Not Rappaport; Keala Settle (Hands on a Hard Body) was in the ensemble of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Tony Sheldon; and Ruthie Ann Miles (Here Lies Love) was a student of Meg Bussert (The Music Man, Brigadoon) at NYU.
Probably the closest link was between Crystal A. Dickinson, who won last year for Clybourne Park, presenting to her husband Brandon J. Dirden for The Piano Lesson.
New York theater award season continues--the Astaire Awards were presented the same night--culminating with the Tonys this Sunday.