It's been a good year for black actors on Broadway — just check out the 2011 Tony Award nominations.
From the stars of the controversial Scottsboro Boys musical to Sister Act, black stage actors were shown some nomination love for this year's Tonys. Joseph Henry of The Scottsboro Boys and Patina Miller, who plays the Sister Act character originated on film by Whoopi Goldberg, were nominated for best male and female leads in musicals. Both Coleman Domingo and Forrest Mclendon of The Scottsboro Boys were nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical.
In all, The Scottsboro Boys, a play about the infamous Scottboro case that is performed partly in blackface, garnered 12 nominations. Director and playwright George C. Wolfe (Top Dog/Underdog, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, Angels in America) was also nominated, along with Joel Grey, for directing The Normal Heart.
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Lauren is a former Deputy Editor of The Root.