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The Antonyo Awards to Celebrate Black theatre on Juneteenth…Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess & more to appear!

Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, is pleased to announce the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community.  The streamed ceremony will include a pre-show virtual red carpet, original musical numbers, star presenters and performers, and more.

Antonyo Award nominations will be announced Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 pm EST on Broadway Black’s YouTube and Facebook pages by Bryan Terrell Clark and Kristolyn Lloyd and the public will vote on their favorites.  The Online voting will be open from June 9th, 7:30 pm EST through midnight on June 12th at

The Antonyos will take place at 7:00 pm EST on June 19, 2020, Juneteenth, and will be shown on Broadway Black’s YouTube and Facebook pages.  The streamed ceremony will include a pre-show virtual red carpet, original musical numbers, star presenters and performers, and more.  Four special “Kinfolk Awards”  – the Lorraine Hansberry Award, the Langston Hughes Award, Welcome Award and The Doors of the Theatre are Open Award – will also be presented to members of the Black theatre community as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award to be announced prior to the event.

Current presenters and performers include: Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Alex Newell, Jordan E. Cooper, Teyonah Parris, Ephraim Sykes, LaChanze, Derrick Baskin, Nicolette Robinson, Jelani Alladin, Christiani Pitts, James Monroe Iglehart, Amber Iman, Kalen Allen, Nzinga Williams, Jackson Alexander, Cody Renard Richard, Ashton Muñiz, Shereen Pimentel, Kirsten Childs, Aisha Jackson, Antoine L. Smith, Griffin Matthews, Michael McElroy, Jocelyn Bioh, and L Morgan Lee.

Voting is open to the public right now. Visit the booth and cast your vote here.

Check out the entire list of nominations for The Antonyo Awards.

Written By

Drew Shade (Actor/Producer) is a theatre enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, a digital platform designed to shed light on the beauty, brilliance, and talent that is Black Broadway. He is the creator and co-host of the Off-Book Podcast which features the incredible talent of Black people in the Broadway community from playwrights, to performers, to stage managers, and more. He is also the Creator and Executive Producer for The Antonyo Awards, an awards show that specifically drew attention to awarding honors to Black theatre artists across the Broadway community. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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