The Drama Desk Awards honor the best in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater. This year’s 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards, which is recognizing performances within the 2015-2016 season, has four African-Americans among its nominees and has five African-Americans receiving special awards.

Cynthia Erivo, who superbly plays Celie in “The Color Purple,” playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on West 45th Street, is up for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Danielle Brooks, who powerfully portrays Sofia, also from “The Color Purple,” is nominated in the category of Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Saycon Sengbloh, who captivatingly plays Helena in “Eclipsed,” is nominated in the category of Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. Her nomination is based on her performance before the show came to Broadway, when it was at The Public Theater. Of course, now the show has moved to Broadway and is at the John Golden Theater on West 45th Street. Savion Glover is nominated for Outstanding Choreography for his bold work in “Shuffle Along,” playing at the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street.

A special award for Outstanding Ensemble is being given to the cast of “The Royale,” a play about heavyweight champion Jack Johnson which takes a sharp look at racism in America. It played at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. The cast members being recognized for their captivating performances are McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover and Clarke Peters.

African-American playwright Danai Gurira is being presented with the Sam Norkin Award for bringing a fresh new voice to American theater through her plays “Eclipsed” and “Familiar.” “Eclipsed” brings the struggle of women in war-torn Liberia to the forefront and “Familiar” focuses on an affluent immigrant family from Zimbabwe struggling with assimilation.

“The Color Purple” received a total of six nominations, which also included Outstanding Revival of a Musical; Outstanding Director of a Musical, John Doyle; Outstanding Orchestrations, Joseph Joubert/Catherine Jayes; and Outstanding Lighting Design for a musical, Jane Cox.

“Shuffle Along” also received a total of six nominations, which included Outstanding Musical; Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Ann Roth; Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical, Jules Fisher/Peggy Eisenhauer; Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical, Scott Lehrer; and Outstanding Wig and Hair, Mia M. Neal.

“The Royale,” in addition to the special ensemble award, is up for Outstanding Play.

The Drama Desk Awards presentation will take place Sunday, June 5 at the Town Hall, located at 123 W. 43rd St.