Lillias White, Viola Davis, Condola Rashad, and More Among NAACP Theatre Award Recipients

Awards   Lillias White, Viola Davis, Condola Rashad, and More Among NAACP Theatre Award Recipients
 
The awards will be held June 17 in Los Angeles.
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Tony winner Lillias White will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Wards in Los Angeles this month. The awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—a civil rights organization working towards equality and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination—are an annual "Salute to Black Theatre" on the West Coast.

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Condola Rashad Marc J. Franklin

The NAACP Theatre Awards will be presented June 17 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Click here to purchase tickets.

White is a Tony winner for The Life and a nominee for Fela!, as well as one of Disney’s leading ladies as the voice of Calliope in the animated feature Hercules. Other recipients at the NAACP Theatre Awards will be Oscar winner Viola Davis, who will be honored with a Trailblazer Award, and three-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, who will receive the evening's Spirit Award.

Among the nominees for the night are Phylicia Rashad, who is nominated for her performance in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes at Center Theatre Group (playwright McCraney and director Tina Landau are also nominated); and Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, who are nominated for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (the Broadway musical, seen at La Jolla Playhouse, earned a total of 10 nods).

Check out the complete list of nominees below.

Best Choreography Larger Theatre
The Legend of Georgia McBride - Paul McGill
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Sergio Trujillo
Born For This – Warren Adams

Best Choreography 99 Seat Theatre
Les Blancs – Joyce Guy
Punk Rock – Matthew Glave
Runaway – Home Janet Roston

Best Costumes Larger Theatre
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Paul Tazewell
The Legend of Georgia McBride – E.B. Brooks
Born For This – William Ivey Long

Best Costumes 99 Seat Theatre
Transition – Kate Bergh
Les Blancs – Wendell C. Carmichael
Antony and Cleopatra – Gloria Gifford, Lauren Plaxco and Lucy Walsh

Best Director Larger Theatre
Head of Passes – Tina Landau
Zoot Suit – Luis Valdez
The Legend of Georgia McBride – Mike Donahue

Best Director 99 Seat Theatre
The Meeting – Bill Cobbs
Lyrics from Lockdown – Gina Belafonte
Runaway Home – Shirley Jo Finney

Best Director of a Musical Larger Theatre
Born For This – Charles Randolph-Wright
Shout Sister Shout – Randy Johnson
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Des McAnuff

Best Director of a Musical 99 Seat Theatre
Antony and Cleopatra – Gloria Gifford
Can Gods Love – Spencer M. Collins IV
Walking in Dorothy Dandridge's Shoes. Her Final New Beginning – Wanda Ray Willis

Best Ensemble Cast Larger Theatre
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Home
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Best Ensemble Cast 99 Seat Theatre
The Meeting
Periphery
Les Blancs

Best Lead Female - Larger Theatre
Head of Passes – Phylicia Rashad
Born For This – Deborah Joy Winans
Trouble in Mind – Earnestine Phillips

Best Lead Female 99 Seat Theatre
An Accident – Kacie Rogers
This Land – LeShay Tomlinson Boyce
Brer Cotton – Yvonne Huff Lee
This Land – Niketa Calame

Best Lead Male Larger Theatre
Born For This – Juan Winans
Between Riverside and Crazy – John Cothran
Driving Miss Daisy – Arthur Richardson

Best Lead Male 99 Seat Theatre
Brer Cotton – Omete Anassi
An Accident – Kent Faulcon
Transitions – Joshua Wolf Coleman

Best Lighting Larger Theatre
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Howell Binkley
Head of Passes – Jeff Croiter
Born For This – Jason Lyons

Best Lighting - 99 Seat Theatre
Transition – Donny Jackson
Les Blancs – Derrick McDaniel
King Hedley II – Derek Jones

Best Music Director Larger Theatre
Born For This – Jaret Landon
Shout Sister Shout – Rahn Coleman
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Ron Melrose

Best Music Director 99 Seat Theatre
Love is a Dirty Word – Giovanni Adams
Elevator – Mario Marchetti
Can Gods Love – Cedric Lily

Best One Person Show Larger Theatre
Turn Me Loose – Joe Morton

Best One Person Show - 99 Seat Theatre
Lyrics from Lockdown – Bryonn Bain
Love is a Dirty Word – Giovanni Adams
Conversation Bout the Girls – Sonia Jackson

Best Playwright Larger Theatre
Born For This – Bebe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff
Head of Passes – Tarell Alvin Mc Craney

Best Playwright 99 Seat Theatre
King Hedley IIAugust Wilson
This Land – Evangeline Ordaz
An Accident – Lydia Stryk

Best Producer Larger Theatre
Turn Me Loose – John Legend, Get Lifted Film Company & Mike Jackson
Born For This – My Destiny Productions and Ron Gillyard
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – LaJolla Playhouse

Best Producer 99 Seat Theatre
This Land Company of Angels, Danny Munoz & Tamadhur Al--Aqeel
The Meeting Shannon Sylvain
King Hedley II Sophina Brown

Best Set Design Larger Theatre
Head of Passes – G. W. Mercier Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Robert Brill
Big Night – John Lee Beatty

Best Set Design - 99 Seat Theatre
This Land Justine Huen
Bee-luther Hatchee – Christopher Scott Murillo
King Hedley II John Iacovelli

Best Sound Larger Theatre
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Gareth Owen
Head of Passes – Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Shout Sister Shout – Jon Gottlieb

Best Sound 99 Seat Theatre
Transition – David Marling
Les Blancs – Jeff Gardner
King Hedley II – Kevin Novinsky

Best Supporting Female Larger Theatre Born For This Nita Whitaker
Born For This – Kirsten Wyatt
Born For This – Kiandra Richardson

Best Supporting Female 99 Seat Theatre
Peace Be Still – Brely Evans/Anika McFall
Punk Rock – Raven Scott
Runaway Home – Karen Malina White

Best Supporting Male Larger Theatre
Born For This – Milton Craig Nealy
Five Guys Named Moe - Rogelio Douglas, Jr
The Legend of Georgia McBride – Larry Powell

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