McDonald, Epps, Hudson and Arnold to Receive NAACP Honors
14 Aug 2009
Photo by Michael Wilson
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps will be honored at the NAACP Theatre Awards.
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McDonald (Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class) will be presented with the Trailblazer Award, while Epps will receive the Community Service Award. Additional honorees include Tony winner Ruben Santiago Hudson (Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tichina Arnold, who will be presented with the Spirit Award. The President's Award honoree has not been named.
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