Notably everyone’s favorite award! And this year it will evolve differently, virtually, with a night of legends to honor Broadway’s best with a Special Gala Award Benefit to help raise funds for the prestigious Theatre World Awards.

The 2021 Special Honorees include Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Andre De Shields.

Audra McDonald will receive a Dorothy Loudon ‘Special Award’ for Excellence in the Theatre. Patti Lupone and André De Shields will receive the 8th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

The ONE-NIGHT ONLY Special Gala Benefit on July 11 at 7 pm, will be a celebration of 75 years of the Theatre World Awards and a passionate heartfelt fundraising drive to keep the Theatre World Award legacy alive and thriving for generations to come.

Dale Badway, President, in association with Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora (who will direct the evening) will call upon an array of Theatre World Alum who will share their thoughts about their breakout debut performance, or about what it felt like to be honored with a Theatre World Award. All proceeds from the event will go toward presenting and celebrating the theatre community with the much anticipated in person, in theater annual ceremony, the 76th Theatre World Awards, in June 2022.

The special event will be hosted virtually by Sunday July 11,2021 at 7pm. Free Stream available.

The producing trio Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee recently stepped up to help raise much needed funds for The York Theatre Company, West Bank Cafe and Birdland Jazz Club. The trio, who are donating their time, have taken on The Theatre World Awards as their next project.

The Theatre World Awards relies on the support and contributions of its alumni and donors. Donations can be made at the GoFundMe link at