AUDELCO nominations are out!

Linda Armstrong | 11/1/2018, 12:06 p.m.
The nominations have been announced for the 46th annual AUDELCO Awards, which will be held Nov. 19, 2018. The AUDELCO ...
Grace Jones Contributed

The nominations have been announced for the 46th annual AUDELCO Awards, which will be held Nov. 19, 2018. The AUDELCO Awards, also known as the Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, recognize excellence in Black Theater. The AUDELCOs are the only awards that honor Black Theater and they

are cherished.

This year’s theme for the awards is “Amazing Grace,” and it will pay tribute to the late Grace L. Jones, the organization’s president for 13 years, who died in August at the age of 90. Thirty-eight productions made the nominations list and were considered in 23 categories. A musical leads the nominations, garnering 11.

“Carmen Jones,” produced by Classic Stage Company, has nominations for Best Revival of a Musical; Bill T. Jones, Best Choreography; John Doyle, Director of a Musical; Sheldon Becton, Outstanding Musical Director; Clifton Duncan, Lead Actor in a Musical; Anika Noni Rose, Lead Actress in a Musical; David Aron Damane and Tramell Tillman, Featured Actor in a Musical; Lindsay Roberts and Soara-Joye Ross, Featured Actress in a Musical; and Adam Honore, Lighting Design.

“On Kentucky Avenue,” produced by City College Center for the Arts, with 10 nominations, has nominations for Best Musical; Lee Summers, Director of a Musical and Featured Actor in a Musical; Ty Stephens, Choreography, shared with Donna Clark, Lead Actor in a Musical and Costume Design, shared with Pearl Williams; Richard Cummings Jr., Outstanding Musical Director; N’Kenge, Lead Actress in a Musical; Count Stovall, Featured Actor in a Musical; and Andricka Hallis, Featured Actress in a Musical.

“The House That Will Not Stand,” produced by New York Theatre Workshop, with eight nominations, has nominations for Best Play; Marcus Gardley, Playwright; Lileana Blain-Cruz, Director of a Play; Harriet D. Foy and Lynda Gravett, Lead Actress in a Play; Joniece Abbott-Pratt and Nedra McClyde, Featured Actress in a Play; and Montana Levi Blanco, Costume Design

Two productions are tied with seven nominations.

“Sugar in Our Wounds,” produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, has nominations for Best Play, Donja R. Love, Playwright; Saheem Ali, Director of a Play; Outstanding Ensemble Performance; Jason Lyons, Lighting Design; Jason Lyons, Set Design; and Palmer Hefferan, Sound Design.

“The Homecoming Queen,” produced by Atlantic Theatre Company, has nominations for Best Play; Ngozi Anyanwu, Playwright; Awoye Timpo, Director of a Play; Awoye Timpo, Lead Actress in a Play; Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Featured Actor in a Play; and Miriai Sithole, Featured Actress in a Play.

“Antigone,” produced by the Classical Theatre of Harlem, has nominations for Best Revival of a Play; Kahlil X. Daniel, Outstanding Musical Director; Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Choreography; Ty Jones, Lead Actor in a Play; Ava McCoy, Featured Actress in a Play; Anthony Vaughn Parent, Featured Actor in a Play; and Curtis Craig, Sound Design.

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has two productions with five nominations each.

“A Small Oak Tree Runs Red,” has nominations for Best Play; Harry Lennix, Director of a Play; Outstanding Ensemble Performance; Alan C. Edwards, Lighting Design; and Diggle, Set Design. “Yellowman” has nominations for Best Revival of a Play; Timothy Douglas, Director of a Play; Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Lead Actor in a Play; Jessica Frances Dukes, Lead Actress in a Play; Caroline Ortiz Herrera, Lighting Design.