2011 Tony Nominations Recognize Black Broadway

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Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose

NEW YORK — Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose announced the nominees for the 65th Annual Tony Awards at New York’s Lincoln Center today.

The Grio:

The predominantly African American cast of The Scottsboro Boys cleaned up with a total of 12 nominations. The musical based on the 1930s Alabama court case involving nine black men wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman closed in December of 2010 due to low ticket sales, but is campaigning for a return to Broadway after posthumous acclaim.

Sister Act also netted five nominations and The Motherf**er with the Hat, starring comedian Chris Rock, was given six nominations.

The 2011 Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 12 at the Beacon Theater in New York.


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