African-American theater received several nods in this year’s Tony nominations, which were announced April 30 in New York.
Veteran actress Cicely Tyson received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role in “The Trip to Bountiful,” a revival of Horton Foote’s beloved 1953 American classic.
The production, which co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad, marked Tyson’s return to Broadway after a three-decade hiatus. It also followed a recent trend, including notable Tennessee Williams makeovers, which casts Black actors in roles written and traditionally performed by Whites.
The play is up for four honors in all, also including Rashad for Best Performance in a Featured Role in a Play; Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Revival of a Play.
Another Black production, “Motown: The Musical,” also received four nods, including Valisia LeKae for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical; Charl Brown for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical; Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations.
Other nominations included George C. Wolfe as Best Director for his work in “Lucky Guy,” which stars Tom Hanks. Courtney B. Vance received a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his role in the same play.
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