And the AUDELCO nomination goes to ...

Linda Armstrong | 11/5/2015, 1:56 p.m.
In 2014 and 2015, Black theater has shined so brightly.
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Recognized female playwrights are definitely doing well with this year’s nominations. With six and from the Public Theatre is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks with “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3.” This riveting production is up for dramatic production of the year; playwright, Parks; director/dramatic production, Jo Bonney; lead actor, Sterling K. Brown; supporting actress, Jenny Jules; and supporting actor, Jacob Ming-Trent.

“Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” from AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl L. Ralph, has five nominations for musical production of the year; director/musical production, Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman; outstanding musical director, Alonzo Harris; choreography, Anastacia McCleskey; and outstanding performance in a musical-male, Anthony Wayne.

Four is the magic number for six productions up for AUDELCO’s VIV awards. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” from the Irving Street Rep and Faison Firehouse Theater is nominated for best revival; outstanding ensemble performance; director/musical production, A. Curtis Farrow; and outstanding musical director, Darius Frowner. “For the Last Time,” presented by Clement Arts and Epic Theatre Ensemble, is up for musical production of the year; outstanding performance in a musical-male, Carl Clemons-Hopkins; outstanding performance in a musical-female, Brittany Campbell and Anita Welch.

“Texas in Paris,” a York Theatre Company production, is up musical production of the year; director/musical production, Akin Babatunde; outstanding musical director, Amy Jones; and outstanding performance in a musical-female, Lillias White. “The Fortress of Solitude” from the Public Theatre is nominated for musical production of the year; director/musical production, Daniel Aukin; outstanding musical director, Kimberly Grigsby; and outstanding performance in a musical-male, Kevin Mambo. Mambo is nominated for performances in both a dramatic and musical production.

“The Tempest” from the Classical Theatre of Harlem is nominated for best revival; lead actor, Ron Cephas Jones; choreography, Byron Easley; and supporting actor, Anthony Merchant. “A Band of Angels,” an uplifting production from the New York City Children’s Theatre, is nominated for musical production of the year; director/musical production, Colman Domingo; and outstanding ensemble performance and outstanding musical director, Kristen Rosenfeld.

“Tamburlane, Parts 1 and II” from Theatre for a New Audience has three nominations for lead actor, John Douglas Thompson; supporting actress, Patrice Johnson Chevannes; and supporting actor, Chukwudi Iwuji. Another production with three nominations is “The Glass Menagerie,” from Masterworks Theatre Company. It is nominated for best revival; supporting actor, Richard Prioleau; and supporting actress, Olivia Washington (who made her New York stage debut and was quite impressive).

Two nominations are going to “Kings of Harlem” from Layon Gray American Theatre Co.: outstanding ensemble performance and choreography, Layon Gray. “Dutchman,” a New Federal Theatre production is nominated for best revival and lighting design, Antoinette Tynes. “Pitbulls” from the Rattlesnake Playwrights Theatre is up for lead actress, Yvette Ganier, and lead actor, Billy Eugene Jones.

In the solo performance category, numerous actors received a nomination, including Keith Hamilton Cobb for “American Moor” from the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Dael Orlandersmith for “Forever” by the New York Theatre Workshop, J. Alphonse Nicholson for “Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green,” from StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance and New Dog Theatre Company, Rain Pryor for “Fried Chicken and Latkes” from the National Black Theatre and Phil Darius Wallace for “Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story” from Derek Yip and Nikita Productions.