The 2013 Theatre World Award winners, given to 12 performers making their Broadway (or Off-Broadway) debuts are:
Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Carrie Coon, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Yvonne Strahovski, Golden Boy
Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Only “The Piano Lesson” and “Here Lies Love” were Off-Broadway.
I asked Valisia LeKae how she qualified, since she has been in four previous Broadway productions. “You know Jonathan, I can’t explain it,” she replied, “but I thank God for it. I’m grateful to be recognized in my debut starring role!”