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Introducing The Antonyo Awards



Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, is pleased to announce the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community. This joyous online event will take place at 7:00 pm EST on June 19, 2020 on Broadway Black’s YouTube and Facebook pages by Bryan Terrell Clark and Kristolyn Lloyd. June 19th is also known as Juneteenth, a holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in America.  The streamed ceremony will include a pre-show virtual red carpet, original musical numbers, star presenters and performers, and more.

Current presenters and performers include: Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Alex Newell, Jordan E. Cooper, Teyonah Parris, Ephraim Sykes, LaChanze, Derrick Baskin, Nicolette Robinson, Jelani Alladin, Christiani Pitts, James Monroe Iglehart, Amber Iman, Kalen Allen, Nzinga Williams, Jackson Alexander, Cody Renard Richard, Ashton Muñiz, Shereen Pimentel, Kirsten Childs, Aisha Jackson, Antoine L. Smith, Griffin Matthews, Michael McElroy, Jocelyn Bioh, and L Morgan Lee, with more to come. 

Four special “Kinfolk Awards” – the Lorraine Hansberry Award, the Langston Hughes Award, Welcome Award and The Doors of the Theatre are Open Award – will also be presented to members of the Black theatre community as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award to be announced prior to the event.

Also, in recognition that talent has no gender, please note that each of the award category nominees are honored for talent regardless of their gender identity.

The ANTONYO AWARD Nominee’s are:

Best Featured Actor in a Play Off-Broadway

  • Leland Fowler – One in Two
  • Nicco Annan – The Hot Wing King
  • Crystal Lucas Perry – A Bright Room Called Day
  • John Andrew Morrison – Blues for an Alabama Sky
  • LaToya Edwards – The Rolling Stone
  • Okwui Okpokwasili – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Best Featured Actor in a Play on Broadway

  • David Alan Grier – A Soldier’s Play
  • Ato Blankson – Wood Slave Play
  • Chalia La Tour – Slave Play
  • Zawe Ashton – Betrayal
  • Grantham Coleman – The Great Society
  • Jordan Barbour – The Inheritance

Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway

  • John Andrew Morrison – A Strange Loop
  • Starr Busby –  Octet
  • Jasmine Cephas Jones – Cyrano
  • Saycon Sengbloh – The Secret Life of Bees
  • L Morgan Lee – A Strange Loop
  • Taylor Iman Jones – Scotland, PA

Best Featured Actor in a Musical Broadway

  • Sahr Ngaujah –  Moulin Rouge
  • Celia Rose Gooding – Jagged Little Pill
  • Jeanette Bayardelle –  Girl From the North Country
  • Dharon E. Jones – West Side Story

Best Director

  • Stevie Walker Webb – One In Two
  • Robert O’Hara – BLKS
  • Whitney White – Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
  • Colette Robert –  STEW
  • Raja Feather Kelly – We’re Gonna Die
  • Lileana Blain-Cruz –  Anatomy of A Suicide

Best Choreography

  • Raja Feather Kelly – A Strange Loop
  • Camille A. Brown – for For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,
  • Edisa Weeks – Novenas For a Lost Hospital
  • Adesola Osakalumi – Coal Country
  • Byron Easley – Slave Play
  • nicHi Douglas – Skinfolk: An American Show

Best Quarantine Content

  • Daniel J. Watts – The Jam IG Live
  • Edward Mawere  – #BroadwayRemixChallenge
  • Drew Shade – Inside The Mind, a Mental Wellness series
  • Jordan E. Cooper – Mama Got A Cough
  • Sis –  Living with Sis IG Series
  • Camille A. Brown – Social Dance for Social Distance

Best Lighting Design 

  • Allen Lee Hughes – Toni Stone
  • Alan C. Edwards – The Hot Wing King
  • Stacey Derosier –  Novenas For A Lost Hospital
  • Allen Lee Hughes – A Soldiers Play

Best Scenic Design 

  • Lawrence E. Moten III – Native Son

Best Sound

  • Justin Ellington – One in Two
  • Rucyl Frison – Anatomy of a Suicide
  • Luqman Brown – The Hot Wing King

Best Costumes

  • Toni Leslie James – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
  • Dede Ayite – BLKS
  • Andy Jean for One in Two
  • Karen Perry- runboyrun/ In Old Age
  • Sarita P Fellows for Native Son
  • Ari Fulton for Novenas For a Lost Hospital

Best Hair & Wig Design

  • Cookie Jordan –  Toni Stone
  • Nikiya Mathis – STEW
  • Greg Cooper Spencer  –  A Soldier’s Play
  • Nikiya Mathis – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
  • Cookie Jordan  – A Strange Loop

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Chuck Cooper

Best Orchestrations

  • The Secret of Life Bees
  • A Strange Loop
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • We’re Gonna Die
  • The Wrong Man
  • Skinfolk: An American Show

Best Original Score

  • The Secret of Life Bees
  • A Strange Loop
  • Broadbend, Arkansas
  • We’re Gonna Die
  • The Wrong Man

Best Book

  • Michael R. Jackson –  A Strange Loop
  • Lynn Nottage – The Secret Life of Bees
  • Katori Hall –  Tina: A Tina Turner Musical
  • Harrison David Rivers – Broadbend, Arkansas

Best Solo Performance

  • Donnetta Lavinia Grays – Where We Stand
  • Michael Benjamin Washington  – Fires in the Mirror
  • Dierdra McDowell  – Down to Eartha

Best Actor in a Play Off-Broadway

  • Kara Young  –  All The Natalie Portmans
  • Portia –  STEW
  • April Mathis  – Toni Stone
  • Kristolyn Lloyd  –  Little Women
  • Ato Blankson Wood  –  The Rolling Stone
  • Danielle Brooks  –  Much Ado About Nothing

Best Actor in a Play on Broadway

  • Audra McDonald – Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
  • LaChanze – A Christmas Carol
  • Joaquina Kalukango – Slave Play
  • Blair Underwood – A Soldier’s Play

Best Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway

  • Ciara Renee  –  The Wrong Man
  • Larry Owens  –  A Strange Loop
  • Janelle McDermoth  – We’re Gonna Die
  • Danyel Fulton  –  Broadbend, Arkansas
  • Joshua Henry  –  The Wrong Man
  • LaChanze  –  The Secret Life of Bees

Best Actor in a Musical on Broadway

  • Kimber Elayne Sprawl  –  Girl From North Country
  • Adrienne Warren  –  Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Isaac Cole Powell  – West Side Story
  • Daniel J. Watts  –  Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Shereen Pimental  – West Side Story

Best Revival

  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
  • West Side Story
  • Native Son
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fires in the Mirror
  • Two Can Play

Best Play

  • One in Two by Donja R. Love
  • Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond
  • All The Natalie Portmans by C.A. Johnson
  • STEW by Zora Howard
  • BLKS by Aziza Barnes
  • Paris by Eboni Booth

Best Musical

  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • A Strange Loop
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • The Wrong Man
  • Girl From North Country
  • Jagged Little Pill

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


League of Professional Theatre Women’s 10th Annual Women Stage The World March



 The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) will hold its 10th Annual “Women Stage the World March”  — a Suffragette-inspired project to educate the public about the role of women in the theatre industry — on Saturday, June 17.   The march will begin at noon, at Shubert Alley and weave through Times Square and the Broadway Theatre District, wrapping up at about 2 p.m.

“The event is FREE and LPTW invites all theatre women and allies to join us as we increase awareness, lift our voices, and advocate for more opportunities for women in theatre,” said Ludovica Villar-Hauser, Co-President of LPTW.

“The Women Stage the World March is designed to educate the public about the role women play in creating theatre and the barriers they face as men continue to outnumber women by 4 to 1 in key roles such as playwright, director and designers.  Women buy 67% of the tickets and represent 65% of the audience, yet 80% of the storytelling on stage is shaped by men’s voices,” said Katrin Hilbe, Co-President of LPTW.

Handouts during the March will prompt ticket-buyers to ask three questions as they make buying decisions: (1) Who wrote, directed and designed this play? (2) What is this theatre’s track record in giving opportunities to women? (3) How can you spread the word and promote women’s voices?

“All participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite historical theatre woman, or dress all in white.  March participants will gather at Shubert Alley starting at 11:30 AM, in preparation for the start of the march at noon.   Women Stage the World sashes and signs will be provided, as supplies last,” noted Penelope Deen, LPTW member and organizer of the event. Those interested in participating in the event please R.S.V.P. at: or contact Penelope Deen at:

LPTW Co-President Ludovica Villar-Hauser added:  “The League of Professional Theatre Women stands alongside the Writers Guild of America (WGA) as they demand fair wages and take action to ensure more protections for artists. We encourage LPTW members to find a time to join the WGA on the picket lines this month as the strike continues.  Women writers are the future of the film and television industry, just as they lead the way in theatre.  LPTW supports the women on the frontlines of this movement as they call for long overdue change. We are stronger together.”

For the past 10 years LPTW members, affiliated union members, theatre artists and their allies have hit the streets in a March reminiscent of the Suffragette parades of the early 20th Century, with some marchers dressed in traditional suffrage garb and colors. ​ Like the Suffragettes before them, participants in the Women Stage the World March empower women and men to become aware, take action and influence others.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is a membership organization championing women in theatre and advocating for increased equity and access for all theatre women. Our programs and initiatives create community, cultivate leadership, and increase opportunities and recognition for women working in theatre. The organization provides support, networking and collaboration mechanisms for members, and offers professional development and educational opportunities for all theatre women and the general public.  LPTW celebrates the historic contributions and contemporary achievements of women in theatre, both nationally and around the globe, and advocates for parity in employment, compensation and recognition for women theatre practitioners through industry-wide initiatives and public policy proposals.   LPTW is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2023.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Chicago



John Kander & Fred Ebb / Bob Fosse musical Chicago is now the longest running show playing on Broadway. Having played 10,338 performances, Chicago is the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical playing at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., NYC.

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Ham4Ham: Some Like It Hot, Parade and Shucked With Special Guests



Lin-Manuel Miranda brought out a. special edition of Ham4Ham outside the Richard Rodgers Theater yesterday and it was a star studded afternoon.

J Harrison Ghee

First up Leopoldstadt stars Josh Molina and Brandon Uranowitz introduced Some Like It Hot‘s J. Harrison Ghee, who performed “You Coulda Knocked Me Over With a Feather” accompanied by the show’s composer, Marc Shaiman. You can watch the beginning of this and the whole performance of that song here.

The crowds

Then Nikki Crawford and playwright James Ijames from Fat Ham, introduced composer Jason Robert Brown and performers Ben Platt and Michaela Diamond who perform the duet “This Is Not Over Yet” from the must see revival of Parade.

The Thanksgiving Play stars D’Arcy Carden and Chris Sullivan introduced book writer Robert Horn and the Tony-nominated cast of Shucked recreated new lyrics for “We Love Jesus” and a parody of Hamilton‘s “The Story of Tonight.”led by Ashley D. Kelley, Grey Henson, Andrew Durand and Kevin Cahoon

This was a spectacular afternoon that can only be had in NYC.

Kevin Cahoon

T2c would love to thank these three ladies who gave us a chair to sit on.


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The Outer Critics Circle Awards and You Are There Part 2



Yesterday the 72nd Annual Awards honoring achievements in the 2022-2023 Broadway and Off-Broadway season were presented at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Here are highlights from the show.

Outstanding New Score: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman – Some Like It Hot

T2c interviewed the fantastic duo.

Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Bill Irwin –Endgame

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Alex Newell – Shucked

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: J. Harrison Ghee

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play: Brandon Uranowitz – Leopoldstadt

T2c talked to this amazing performer before the ceremony.

Special Achievement Award:To B.H. Barry, one of the world’s foremost fight directors.

Outstanding New Broadway Play: Leopoldstadt and Outstanding Director of a Play:Patrick Marber – Leopoldstadt

Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Some Like It Hot Robert E. Wankel and Neil Meron

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Broadway’s Samantha Pauly and Reeve Carney Come To Chelsea Table and Stage



On May 29th catch Samantha Pauly for Memorial Day. Best known for originating the role of Katherine Howard in Broadway’s smash hit SIX the Musical, and her captivating performance as Eva Peron in Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed revival of Evita on London’s West End, Samantha Pauly has carefully crafted an evening that reflects the last few years of her life. Join this Grammy nominee and Drama Desk Award winner as she revisits some career highlights, Broadway classics, pop/rock favorites, and all the fun stuff in between.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actor Reeve Carneyreturns to Chelsea Table + Stage June 4th  to perform a night of music honoring the artistry of the legendary rock n’ roll supergroup Led Zeppelin. Carney is best known for his portrayal of Dorian Grayin on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Riff Raff in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Reimagining, as well as originating the role of Peter Parker in Julie Taymor/U2’s Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. He is currently starring in the Broadway blockbuster, Hadestown. Reeve Carney delivers a one-man-show cabaret that feels more like an invitation-only after-party than a traditional concert performance. Don’t miss this special performance from one of Broadway’s leading actors!

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