On May 23, 2016 the 72nd annual Theatre World Awards were announced for Outstanding Broadway and Off Broadway "debut performances" in the theatre.
Originally presented for the first time in 1945, the Theatre World Awards were founded by John Willis and are actually the oldest awards given to acknowledge outstanding performances in the theatre. The awards are presented at the end of the theatre season to six actors and six actresses for their "significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway and Off Broadway production".
The 2016 Theatre World Awards were given out in a ceremony at New York's Circle in the Square Theatre. The host was respected theatre journalist Peter Filichia.
Have a look at the 2015-2016 season's Theatre World Awards honorees below if you have a moment.
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple