Even with the pandemic closing Broadway doors for an unforeseeable future, we are still able to see some of our favorite and most beloved Broadway stars displaying their talent. Transitioning from stage to screen, the best of Broadway have starred in many of the critically-accalimed television series nominated for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards.
President and CEO of the Critics Choice Association, Joey Berlin said, “In a year when the need for entertainment was undeniable, the industry…delighted us, educated us, challenged us, and most importantly, brought us all together.”
This year’s nominees include a Broadway Black roster of Tony winners and nominees.
Cynthia Erivo is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on the HBO series “The Outsider.” Erivo is a Tony- and Grammy-winning actress for her role as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.
NBC’s newest comedy, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” stars Broadway and “Glee” powerhouse, Alex Newell. Newell starred as Asaka, Mother of the Earth, in the Tony-winning revival of Once on This Island. He is currently nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Comedian Chris Rock is stretching his dramatic talents in the FX drama “Fargo.” Nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television, his stage credits include the Tony-nominated The Motherf**ker with the Hat.
Stage and screen star Uzo Aduba is now nominated for role as Civil Rights icon Shirley Chisolm in the FX series “Mrs. America.” An award-winning television star already for “Orange is the New Black,” she is no stranger to the theatre playing in shows such as Godspell and The Wiz Live!
Glynn Turman, recently off the release and debut of the Netflix adaptation August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Televsion for “Fargo.”
Tony-winning Hamilton: An American Musical star, Daveed Diggs, has been flexing his dramatic muscles since departing the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. He is nominated this year for Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird” as Best Supporting Actor for a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for his role as abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
*The Critics Choice Awards will be hosted by Broadway vet, Taye Diggs (Rent, Chicago, and The Wild Party) and air on The CW Sunday, March 7, 2021.