Miss Evers' Boys, HBO's TV adaptation of David Feldshuh's 1989 Off-Broadway drama about U.S. government venereal disease experiments on unsuspecting black men, won three Emmy Awards Sept. 12 for outstanding achievement in television. The production had debuted at Baltimore's Center Stage.
Several other theatre-oriented productions on cable and broadcast television won awards.
* Bette Midler won Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Diva Las Vegas.
Miss Evers' Boys was nominated in the following categories, and won the awards marked with an asterisk (*):
* Outstanding Made-For-Television Movie
* Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Special (Alfre Woodard)
* President's Award
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries Or A Special (Walter Bernstein)
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries Or A Special
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries Or A Special
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries or Special (Laurence Fishburne)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Special
Outstanding Make-Up For A Miniseries Or A Special
A number of technical Emmys were distributed a week earlier, a few going to theatre-oriented programs or performers.
Here are some highlights:
"Mad About You" won best guest actress in a comedy series for Carol Burnett, who appeared in an episode in which the characters attend the Broadway show, Bring In `Da Noise, Bring In `Da Funk.
Individual achievement in costuming for a miniseries or special went to "Disney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular," (Disney Channel), with music by Alan Menken.
Lighting direction for drama, variety, miniseries or special went to Bette Midler for her HBO special, "Diva Las Vegas," HBO.
Taking Editing (For Single Camera) and Cinematography awards for miniseries or special was the HBO drama, Miss Evers' Boys, based on the play of the same title.
"Disney's Beauty And The Beast: A Concert On Ice" (CBS) won for technical direction (camera/video) of a miniseries or special.