A First Time For Everything: Actress Cicely Tyson Nominated for A Tony Award!

May 4, 2013  |  

Who knew that returning to Broadway after a 30 year hiatus would result in a Tony Award nomination?

Such is the case for the legendary Cicely Tyson.  The actress has not graced the “Great White Way” since her role as “Miss Moffat” in The Corn is Green but she is now being recognized for her work in A Trip To Bountiful, which is produced by New York Knicks’ star Tyson Chandler. Miss Tyson has been nominated for “Best Actress In A Leading Role In A Play.”

Although, she’s worked on Broadway since the 1950s, this is her first nomination in any capacity according to Black Voices.  The Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee rounds out the nominations for The Trip to Bountiful, as it has also been nominated for “Best Revival of a Play,” “Best Set Design,” and “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play,” where Condola Rashad is nominated.

It is amazing that at age 88 (allegedly), Cicely Tyson still takes command of all her roles. As most of us know, she appears to be a permanent fixture in most of Tyler Perry’s “Madea” movies. It is also good to see a few people of color being recognized at the Tony Awards when we know it is often a “whitewash.”

Congrats to Cicely Tyson and to all the nominees!

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