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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!
(Wall Street Journal) — The Tony Awards belonged to a foul-mouthed-but-friendly show that couldn’t put most of its lyrics on national television. As theater watchers predicted, “The Book of Mormon” dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night, racking up nine awards. Honors for the edgy musical about Mormon missionaries in Uganda—written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with “Avenue Q” creator Robert Lopez—included best musical, best book, best original score and best direction. In his acceptance speech for best direction, Mr. Parker kept it clean, shimmering in a spangled black shirt under his tuxedo jacket. He thanked the show’s audiences—”you’re going to have to atone for it,” he told them. He finished with a nod to “our co-writer who passed away, Mr. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. He couldn’t be here tonight but you did it, Joseph, you got the Tony.”
(The Grio) — The prestigious Tony Award nominations are in!Today, Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Broderick made the announcements. In the months to come, Broadway’s best will wait in anticipation for the official awards ceremony. The predominantly African American cast of The Scottsboro Boys cleaned up with a total of 12 nominations. The musical based on the 1930s Alabama court case involving nine black men wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman closed in December of 2010 due to low ticket sales, but is campaigning for a return to Broadway after posthumous acclaim.
v(Grio) – Word on the street is Tony award winner and Oscar nominated actress, Viola Davis, is the top pick for the Shirley Chisholm role. According to New York Daily News, Creative-Monster producers Grant Anderson and Bryan Gambogi are bringing the life and work of Shirley Chisholm, Brooklyn Congresswoman, and first major party black candidate for President of the United States, to the big screen.
The untitled motion picture was written by Camille Thomasson, who appears to specialize in bio-pics (_When Loves is not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story_, Picture of Hollis Woods).
(News One) – Denzel Washington dominates the Tony Awards receiving numerous nominations, his first Tony Award in history, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The star of “The Book of Eli” won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in “Fences”.
(CBS) –First-time Tony winner Denzel Washington would have you believe it’s the play – and not his acting – that garnered him the best actor in a play award for “Fences” at the 2010 Tony Awards in New York. “Its one of the best plays, Pulitzer Prize winning,” he told the media in the press room. “It’s a great play.”