The Tony Award is reserved for actors who have displayed amazing skill and excellence on stage. It was an amazing night for many hardworking thespians. Here are African-American Tony Award nominees and winners.
Kenny Leon (58) took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Play as he revived A Raisin in The Sun with the help of Oscar-Award winner Denzel Washington (59) as lead role of Walter Lee Younger. Leon also walked away with the Tony for Best Direction of a Play along with his actress, Sophia Okonedo (45) as the United Kingdom-born actress accepted her first Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, beating out her cast mate, Anika Noni Rose (41) known for her roles on the big screen like, Dreamgirls (2006) where she played along side Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson’s (64) nominee for Best Performance by an Actress In a Leading Role In A Play, won by Audra McDonald (43) for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Overall, it was not a bad night to have been a raisin in the sun.
But the Lorraine Hansberry classic didn’t completely steal the night. There were several other very impressive Black winners. James Monroe Inglehart (40) snagged his first Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his performance in Aladdin, derived from the original Disney story. Another worthy name in the category was Joshua Henry (29) in Violet who can be seen on the big screen as well in the love story, Winter’s Tale (2014).
Also nominated was Adriane Lenox, best known for her role in the dramatic play Doubt (2005), for Best Performance by An Actress In A Featured Role In A Play for her performance in After Midnight, a Jazz age piece,won by Lena Hall for her performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a revised musical starring Neil Patrick Harris. If you want to know more about the Tony Awards, the plays, and the winners go to