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Nominations announced for 45th AUDELCO Awards

Linda Armstrong | 10/19/2017, 3:55 p.m.
The word is out for the nominees of the 45th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize excellence in Black ...
“Bella: An American Tall Tale”

The word is out for the nominees of the 45th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize excellence in Black theater. The awards will take place Monday, Nov. 20, at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come out and be prepared to enjoy New York’s biggest Black theater family yearly event! There are 20 categories under which productions are judged, and this year 47 shows have made the list.

Leading the pack with 10 nominations for the awards dubbed “the VIV” is “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” from Playwrights Horizons. This musical is nominated for musical production of the year; playwright—Kirsten Childs; director/musical production—Robert O’Hara; choreography—Camille A. Brown; outstanding musical director—Rona Siddiqui; outstanding performance in a musical—Natasha Yvette Williams and Ashley D. Kelley; sound design—Lindsay Jones; costume design—Dede M. Ayite; and set design—Clint Ramos.

“The Three Musketeers” from the Classical Theatre of Harlem has nine nominations. It is nominated for dramatic production of the year; director/dramatic production—Jenny Bennett; choreography—Tiffany Rea-Fisher; lead actress—Miriam Hyman; supporting actor—R.J. Foster; sound design—Luqman Brown; costume design—Rachel Dozier-Ezell; set design—Christopher and Justin Swader; and lighting design—Kate Bashore.

Tying with six nominations each are “Pipeline” from Lincoln Center Theater and “Autumn” from the Billie Holiday Theatre. “Pipeline” is nominated for dramatic production of the year; playwright—Dominique Morisseau; director/dramatic production—Lileana Blain-Cruz; lead actress—Karen Pittman; supporting actress—Heather Velazquez; and supporting actor—Jaime Lincoln Smith. “Autumn” is nominated for dramatic production of the year; playwright—Richard Wesley; director/dramatic production—Walter Dallas; lead actor—Jerome Preston Bates; supporting actress—Pauletta Washington; and supporting actor—Count Stovall.

Coming in with five nominations apiece are “Raisin” from Astoria Performing Arts Center and “Kill Move Paradise.” “Raisin” is nominated for musical production of the year; outstanding musical director—Darius Smith; director/musical production—Dev Bondarin; outstanding performance in a musical, male—Warren Nolan Jr.; and outstanding performance in a musical, female—Ebony Marshall-Oliver. “Kill Move Paradise” is nominated for outstanding ensemble performance; choreography—Darrell G. Moultrie; sound design—Palmer Hefferan; set design—Maruti Evans; and lighting design—Alan C. Edwards.

Three productions received four nominations: “Sweet” from National Black Theatre, “On Strivers Row,” from Metropolitan Playhouse and “The View Upstairs” from Invisible Wall Productions. “Sweet” is nominated for dramatic production of the year; outstanding ensemble performance; director/dramatic production—Raelle Myrick-Hodges; and playwright—Harrison David-Rivers. “On Strivers Row” is up for best revival; director/dramatic production—Timothy Johnson; lead actress—Kim Yancey-Moore; and costume design—Sidney Fortner. “The View Upstairs” is nominated for musical production of the year; director/musical production—Scott Ebersold; outstanding musical director—James Dobinson; and outstanding performance in a musical, male—Nathan Lee Graham.

Five productions have three nominations: “Everybody,” “Othello the Remix,” “Ragtime,” “Spamilton,” and “Sweat.” “Everybody” is nominated for supporting actress—Jocelyn Bioh; sound design—Brandon Wolcott; and lighting design—Matt Frey. “Othello the Remix” from John Leguizamo et al is nominated in the categories of musical production of the year; director/musical production—GQ and JQ; and sound design—David Ferdinand. “Ragtime” is nominated for outstanding musical director—Leslie Wickman; outstanding performance in a musical, male—Marcus A. Jordan; and outstanding performance in a musical, female—Renee Steadman. “Spamilton” from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is nominated for musical production of the year; director/musical production—Gerard Alessandrini; and outstanding musical director—Fred Barton. “Sweat” from The Public Theater is nominated for dramatic production of the year; playwright—Lynn Nottage; and outstanding ensemble performance.