Blacks Dominate the 2013 Tony Awards

Wins by performers of color signal that Broadway may be more welcoming than Hollywood.

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Another point worth noting in considering what likely makes Broadway more viable for performers of color: Broadway producers. In previous interviews with The Root, black Broadway producers lamented their small numbers, particularly given the important role they play in ultimately hiring black actors, black crew and other staff for productions. (The Trip to Bountiful, the production for which Tyson was awarded a Tony, and for which Condola Rashad was nominated, was produced by African Americans Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones, New York Knick Tyson Chandler and his wife, Kimberly Chandler, among others.)

During our previous interview, Byrd discussed the difficulties of trying to make it as a Broadway producer, but he made it -- and only after tiring of how difficult he found the experience of trying to produce in Hollywood, where there is much more money at stake and the threshold for success is harder to reach. In other words, there may be more black film producers, but it's also much harder for them to get noticed and break through in a meaningful way, and in turn to provide meaningful opportunities to performers of color.

Hollywood is like an ocean. Broadway is a bit like a smaller, more sophisticated lake, and if producers and performers have the talent, you could say that they get to be treated like swans. Ultimately, their color seems to matter a whole lot less on the Great White Way. 

Keli Goff is The Root's special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.

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