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Audra McDonald & Other Broadway Black Favorites Get Emmy Nominations

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Lead by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham, The Television Academy announced the nominees for the  2016 Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday morning.

Six-Time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald received a nomination for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her flawless embodiment of the late jazz singer, Billie Holiday, in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” on HBO. A filmed version of her Broadway show of the same title for which she won her sixth Tony award back in 2014, making her the most winningest Broadway actress of all time.

Going up against Audra is Kerry Washington for her incredibly honest portrayal of Anita Hill in HBO’s “Confirmation”. Kerry appeared on Broadway back in 2009 in Race. “Confirmation” is also up for Outstanding TV Movie.

Viola Davis grabbed a nomination for her role as “Annalise Keating” in ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” in the category of Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Viola will soon be bringing the character of “Rose” to the big screen in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Tony Award winning drama, Fences, alongside Denzel Washington.

Speaking of Fences, another Broadway Black favorite who made his Tony Award nominated Broadway debut in the same play, Courtney B. Vance snagged an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of smooth-talking attorney, Johnnie Cochran, in FX’s “The People vs O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story.”

Our favorite funny guy, Tituss Burgess received a nomination for his role as “Titus Andromedon” in Netflix’s “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. Tituss has several Broadway credits including: Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, Jersey Boys and Good Vibrations.

Tracie Thoms also received an Emmy nomination for work in BET’s “Send Me” in the category of Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy of Drama Series! Tracie returns to Broadway in the musical The Falsettos this season!

Reg E. Cathey, who was recently in White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the Westside Theater, received an Emmy nomination for his role as “Freddy Hayes” in “House of Cards” in the Outstanding Guest Actor In a Drama category.

Lastly, in the category of Best Costume Design, Tony Award winner Paul Tazwell gets a nomination for his breathtaking work on “The Wiz Live!”. Paul recently won the 2016 Tony for Best Costume Design for his work on the history making Hamilton: An American Musical.

We will definitely be tuned in to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 18th at 7pm on ABC to see if our favorites take home statues!




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Cynthia Erivo Nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award

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Cynthia Erivo at Opening Night of the Color Purple. Photo by Drew Shade

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo, known for her transformative performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple is now one of five actors nominated for the British Academy of Film’s 2019 Rising Star Awards.

Most recently seen alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s Widows, Erivo says:

“I’m ever grateful to BAFTA and the jury panel for nominating me for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award. It means the world to me to be acknowledged by the community that, for most of my life, I’ve known as home. Thank you for this incredible honour.” – Cynthia Erivo

The BAFTA Awards will take place on February 10th.

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Audra McDonald and Will Swenson To Host The 2017 Drama League Awards

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Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson will host the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards. What a perfect selection, it’s almost like we came up with it!

All jokes aside, we’re in the middle of awards season and anticipation runs high as we celebrate the work of our community all the way up until Tonys night on June 11.

In the weeks up to the Tonys, it can be hard to differentiate one award from the other. The Drama League Awards are unique in that they hinge on the Distinguished Performance Award. In a category of over 50 performers, this award goes to one artist a year, and can only be won once in an artist’s lifetime.

The Drama League previously announced its 2017 Special Recognition Honorees: the legendary Bette Midler will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; Bill Berloni will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award for his work in animal training for Broadway, and Michael Greif will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon includes a nominees cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentation and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 19, 2017, beginning at 11:30 am. Tony winners Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth announced nominations for the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on April 19th at New York’s famed Sardi’s.

For a complete list of 2017 nominees click HERE.

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