Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada will be among those honored at the 73rd Theatre World Awards to be held on June 5 in New York.
Briones, who grew up in Quezon City, was recognized for his role as the Engineer in the Broadway revival of "Miss Saigon," and Noblezada, a Filipino-American, for her star turn as Kim, a young Vietnamese bar girl who falls in love with an American soldier.
The other honorees are Carlo Albán ("Sweat"), Christy Altomare ("Anastasia"), Barrett Doss ("Groundhog Day"), Lucas Hedges ("Yen"), Denée Benton ("Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"), Raymond Lee ("Vietgone"), Jeremy Secomb ("Sweeney Todd"), and Cobie Smulders ("Present Laughter").
In addition to those honorees, the Theatre World Awards will also present special awards to Katrina Lenk ("Indecent, The Band's Visit"), Glenn Close ("Sunset Boulevard"), and Dave Malloy ("Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812").
The news comes after Noblezada earned herself a Tony nomination --her first -- for the same role. Briones was also recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
According its website, the Theatre World Awards celebrate debut performances on and off Broadway. The annual awards show wants to "encourage and inspire newcomers to the stage to continue to pursue their dream."