Theatre World Award Winners On Their First Time, and Tough Times, and Cher

A dozen luminous first-time New York stage performers, plus Nathan Lane, were honored at the 75th annual Theatre World Awards. Some spoke on the red carpet about when they first realized the could be — or at least wanted to be — professional performers.

Gbenga Akinnagbe talked about how tough it has been to play Tom Robinson, a black man beaten down by racists, in To Kill A Mockingbird, and the reaction to his essay in the Washington Post about that difficulty.

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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