Musical Acting Awards Go To People Of Color For The First Time In Tony Awards History
Looks like the cast of ‘Hamilton’ wasn’t the only big winner of last night’s Tony Awards. According to HuffPo reports, all four musical acting awards went to casts of color for the first time in its 70 year history:
The 70th Annual Tony Awards made history when all four musical acting awards went to people of color. The winners include Leslie Odom Jr. for “Hamilton,” Cynthia Erivo for “The Color Purple,” Daveed Diggs for “Hamilton,” and Renée Elise Goldsberry for “Hamilton.”
Tonys host James Corden opened the night by describing the award show as “the Oscars, but with diversity.” Even a look at the nomination list teased a night to remember — the selected shows feature actors of color in lead roles and highlight the experiences of women and minorities in the U.S. and beyond, a distinct contrast to #OscarsSoWhite.
The history-making winners of the musical acting categories help prove that, as we previously wrote, this year was a different kind of year for the Great White Way.
Mic reported that the Tonys were close to making history in 1982, when the stars of “Dreamgirls” won the Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Featured Actor categories. In 1985, actors of color technically swept the musical categories; however, lead actor and actress in a musical categories weren’t given out that year.
Congrats to everyone who was part of this historic achievement!!!!