Every year since 1944, the Theatre World Awards have recognized outstanding New York debut performances. This year's ceremony was held at Studio 54 on Tuesday, June 6. The honorees: Harry Connick, Jr., The Pajama Game; Felicia P. Fields, The Color Purple; Maria Friedman, The Woman in White; Richard Griffiths, The History Boys; Mamie Gummer, Mr. Marmalade; Jayne Houdyshell, Well; Bob Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone; Ian McDiarmid, Faith Healer; Nellie McKay, The Threepenny Opera; David Wilmot, The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, The Color Purple; and John Lloyd Young, Jersey Boys. The tropies were presented by 12 winners from previous years, and the ceremony ended with all of the honorees and the audience singing "Happy Birthday" to John Willis, who co-founded the Theatre World Awards with Daniel Blum.