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

Four productions tied with four nominations.

“Cross That River: A Tale of the Black West,” produced by Love Productions, Records, Inc., has nominations for Best Musical; Regge Life, Director of a Musical; Alan Harris, Lead Actor in a Musical; and Maya Azucena, Lead Actress in a Musical.

“Paradise Blue,” produced by Signature Theatre Co., has nominations for Best Play, Dominique Morisseau Playwright; Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Director of a Play; and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

“Little Rock,” produced by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Harvey Butler/Rebel Theatrical Mgmt. LLC, has nominations for Best Musical; Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Director of a Musical; Darryl G. Ivey, Outstanding Musical Director; and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” produced by Stage 42, has nominations for Best Revival of a Musical; Joshua Bergasse, Director of a Musical and Choreography; and Matt Destreicher, Outstanding Musical Director.

Three productions have three nominations.

“A Soldier’s Play,” produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, has nominations for Best Revival of a Play; Gil Tucker, Featured Actor in a Play; and Ali Turns, Costume Design.

“The Peculiar Patriot,” produced by the National Black Theatre, has nominations for Liza Jessie Peterson, Solo Performance; Maruti Evans, Lighting Design; and Luqman Brown, Sound Design.

“Two Heavy for Your Pocket,” produced by the Roundabout Theatre Co., has nominations for Best Play; Jireh Breon Holder, Playwright; and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Nine productions received two nominations.

“Harriet’s Return,” produced by New Federal Theatre in association with Castillo Theatre, has nominations for Karen Jones Meadows, Solo Performance, and Chris Cumberbatch, Set Design. “Fairview,” produced by Soho Rep,t has nominations for Mimi Lien, Set design, and Makaal Sulaiman, sound design.

“Two Trains Running,” produced by Andrea Fulton Productions, has nominations for Carolyn Adams, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and Costume Design.

“X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation,” produced by The Acting Company, has nominations for Roslyn Ruff, Lead Actress in a Play, and Joshua David Robinson, Featured Actor in a Play.

“Twelfth Night,” produced by The Public Theater, has nominations for Ato Blankson-Wood, Lead Actor in a Musical, and Nikki M. James, Lead Actress in a Musical.

“Jerry Springer—The Opera,” produced by The New Group, has nominations for Justin Keyes, Featured Actor in a Musical, and Tiffany Mann, Featured Actress in a Musical.

“Our Lady of 121st Street,” produced by Signature Theatre, has nominations for Hill Harper, Lead Actor in a Play, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Lead Actress in a Play.

“The Old Settler,” produced by the Billie Holiday Theatre, has nominations for Best Revival of a Play, and Frank J. Oliva, Set Design.

“Syncing Ink,” produced by The Flea Theater, has nominations for Gabriel “Kwikstop” Dionisio, Choreography, and Justin Ellington, Sound Design.

Single nominations went to numerous productions including Solo Performance nominations for “Feeding The Dragon,”—Sharon Washington; “Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green,”—J. Alphonse Nicholson; “Josephine”—Tynisha Harris; and “Lonesome Blues”—Akin Babatunde. Other single nominations include “Ain’t Misbehavin’”—Best Revival of a Musical;  “Gypsy”—Marcie Henderson, Lead Actress in a Musical; “Waiting for Giovanni”— Neil Dawson, Featured Actor in a Play; “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train”— Edi Gathegi, Lead Actor in a Play; “He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box”—Donald Holder, Lighting Design; “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth”—David Roberts, Lead actor in a Play; “Unexpected Joy”—Allyson Kaye Daniel, Featured Actress in a Musical; “School Girls: or, The African Mean Girls Play”— Zainab Jah, Featured Actress in a Play; and “Othello,”— Toni-Leslie James,

Costume Design.

Whatever theatrical company you experienced and are rooting for, please check the AUDELCO website at for information about attending this year’s AUDELCO Awards or call 212-368-6906. The enormous list of nominees is a testament to the phenomenal work that Black theater companies and Black artists are offering the public on a regular basis. They are telling our stories as only we can, and they do it with flare!