Theater World Awards to legit newcomers John Laroquette and Jim Parsons

A dozen performers making their New York stage debuts have been named as recipients of the Theater World Awards. Among those being feted are a pair of Emmy champs: “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons — who won Best Comedy Actor last year — for his performance in “The Normal Heart” and five-time Emmy winner John Laroquette (“Night Court,” “The Practice”) for “How to Succeed.”

Laroquette, who is up for Featured Musical Actor, is one of four Tony nominees being recognized at the 67th edition of these awards on June 7. The others are Ellen Barkin (“The Normal Heart,” Featured Play Actress), Patina Miller (“Sister Act,” Musical Actress) and Tony Sheldon (“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” Musical Actor).

The other three men to win were:
Desmin Borges, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Arian Moayed, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Zachary Quinto, “Angels in America”

The other four women to win were:
Halley Feiffer, “The House of Blue Leaves
Grace Gummer, “Arcadia
Rose Hemingway, “How to Succeed”

Heather Lind, “The Merchant of Venice

The third annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence will go to Seth Numrich of “War Horse.”

The first annual Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence will go to the cast of “The Motherf***er with the Hat”: Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vázquez.

The awards committee members were: David Cote (Time Out New York, NY1), Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Daily News), Peter Filichia (Newark Star-Ledger,, Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (Talkin’ Broadway), Frank Scheck (The Hollywood Reporter) and Linda Winer (Newsday).

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