Originally created 05/24/04

John Tartaglia and Anika Noni Rose 2004 Clarence Derwent winners



NEW YORK -- John Tartaglia of "Avenue Q" and Anika Noni Rose of "Caroline, or Change" are winners of the 2004 Clarence Derwent Awards, given each year to the most promising performers on the New York stage.

Tartaglia sings and acts two puppet roles in the hit musical: Princeton, a dewy-eyed newcomer to the big city, and Rod, an uptight Republican who happens to be gay.

Rose portrays Emmie Thibodeaux, Caroline's daughter and the voice of the future in the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical about an embittered black maid and her white employer's son in 1963 Louisiana.

The winners were announced Wednesday by Carl Harms, trustee of the awards and president of Actors' Equity Foundation, which administers them.

The prizes, $2,000 and an engraved crystal trophy, will be presented to the actors on July 13 at the New York offices of Actors' Equity.

Among the past winners of the Derwent are George C. Scott, Calista Flockhart, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. The prizes were established in 1944 by Derwent, a president of Actors' Equity Association.