Actors Kimberly Elise ("The Great Debaters") and Anthony Anderson ("Law and Order", "Transformers") hosted the 18th annual NAACP Theatre Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on June 30.
The Pasadena premiere of Ray Charles Live! – starring Brandon Victor Dixon and Nikki Renée Daniels – earned three NAACP Awards, as did the national tour of The Color Purple.
Performance highlights included songs from The Color Purple and Ray Charles Live!. Grammy winner Stephanie Mills, of Broadway's The Wiz, was also on hand to perform "Be a Lion" from that Tony-winning musical.
In addition to the announced winners, the distinguished honorees for the event included orchestrator Harold Wheeler (Lifetime Achievement Award), writer and producer David E. Talbert (Trailblazer Award), actress Vivica A. Fox (Spirit Award) and American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" (Community Service Award).
Jeanette Bayardelle – The Color Purple
Cedric Sanders – A Matter of Honor
Earnestine Phillips – The Tempest
Rufus Bonds, Jr. – The Color Purple
Ray Charles Live! A New Musical
Michael Pressman – Come Back, Little Sheba
Rahn Coleman – Ray Charles Live! A New Musical
Marguerite Derricks – Sister Act
Paul Tazewell – The Color Purple
Paulie Jenkins – Defiance
James Noone – Come Back, Little Sheba
Carl Casella – Ray Charles Live! A new Musical
Suzan-Lori Parks – Ray Charles Live! A New Musical
Pasadena Playhouse – A Matter of Honor
NAACP Local winners include:
Nia Orms – Please Take A Number
Dominic Hoffman – Last Fare
Wynter Daggs – Meet Me At The Oak
Jeff Branion – Drums in the Night
Darin Dahms – Butterflies of Uganda: Memories of a Child Soldier
Director of a Musical
Denise Dowes – Love & Other Social Issues
Paul Wong – Do Lord Remember Me
Bradley Rapier – City Kid
Mylette Nora – George Washington’s Boy
Joel Daavid – Jitney
Ellen Sandor – The Bow Wow Club
Ellen Juhlin & Kari Rae Seekins – Gilgamesh
Terryl Daluz & Mann Alfonso – Masks
Paula Mitchell Manning and Greenway Arts Alliance – Butterflies of Uganda: Memories of a Child Soldier
For a complete list of nominees visit www.bhwdnaacptheatreawards.com.