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Mount Vernon native Condola Rashad is nominated for 2017 Tony Award


Broadway fans woke bright and early, Tuesday morning to find out who’s been nominated for the theatre world’s most prestigious award, the Tony. The nominees include a Mount Vernonite amongst the fierce competition.

Mount Vernon native Condola Rashad is nominated for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play for her part in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a sequel to Ibsen’s classic drama.

Actor and CalArts alumna Condola Rashad (Theater BFA 08) joins Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper and Jayne Houdyshell onstage for a Broadway production of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, with previews starting on March 30 at John Golden Theatre in New York. Tony Award winner and CalArts School of Theater faculty Leon Rothenberg (Theater MFA 02) joins her offstage as a sound designer for the production.

Condola earned her Tony nominations for Stick Fly in 2012 and The Trip To Bountiful in 2013 and currently stars in the Showtime series Billions, a TV Drama that explores the world of high finance opposite Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. She also starred in FOX’s“Hieroglyph” in 2014, which was the first major television job for Condola, however, the adventure series, set in ancient Egypt, was canceled before its premiere.

Cordola is the daughter of Phylicia Rashad, best known for her matriarch character, Claire Huxtable on the NBC hit TV series ‘The Cosby Show’ and sportscaster/NFL player Ahmad Rashad.

Other Westchester nominees include Kevin Kline, a longtime Westchesterite, who is nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for “Present Laughter.”

The 71st Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 11, 2017, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2016–17 season. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be televised live on CBS.

2017 TONY AWARD NOMINEES

BEST MUSICAL
“Come From Away”
“Dear Evan Hansen”
“Groundhog Day”
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

BEST PLAY
“A Doll’s House, Part 2”
“Indecent”
“Oslo”
“Sweat”

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“Falsettos”
“Hello, Dolly”
“Miss Saigon”

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
“Jitney”
“The Little Foxes”
“Present Laughter”
“Six Degrees of Separation”

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
“Come From Away,” Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen,” Steven Levenson
“Groundhog Day The Musical,” Danny Rubin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” Dave Malloy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Come From Away,” Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen,” Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
“Groundhog Day The Musical,” Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”
Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Cate Blachett, “The Present”
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”
Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle, “Falsettos”
Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day”
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Michael Aronov “Oslo”
Danny DeVito “Arthur Miller’s The Price”
Nathan Lane “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson “August Wilson’s Jitney”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Johanna Day “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Cynthia Nixon “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Condola Rashad “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson “Sweat”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel “Hello, Dolly!”
Mike Faist “Dear Evan Hansen”
Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”
Lucas Steele “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Brandon Uranowitz “Falsettos”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Kate Baldwin “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones “Dear Evan Hansen”
Mary Beth Peil  “Anastasia”

MORE NOMINEES

Best Scenic Design of a Play

David Gallo “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Nigel Hook “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”
Michael Yeargan “Oslo”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell “Groundhog Day The Musical”
David Korins “War Paint”
Mimi Lien “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”
Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho  “Anastasia”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”
Paloma Young “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber “War Paint:”
Best Lighting Design of a Play

Christopher Akerlind “Indecent
Jane Cox “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Donald Holder “Oslo”
Jennifer Tipton “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley “Come From Away”
Natasha Katz “Hello, Dolly!”
Bradley King “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Japhy Weideman “Dear Evan Hansen”
Best Direction of a Play

Sam Gold “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson “August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher “Oslo”
Daniel Sullivan “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman “Indecent
Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, “The New Irving Berlin Musical”
Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Orchestrations

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen “Bandstand
Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others. You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX

1 Comment on Mount Vernon native Condola Rashad is nominated for 2017 Tony Award

  1. Carlton Beckford Dozier // May 2, 2017 at 1:35 PM // Reply

    Congratulations to Ms. Rashad for her well deserved Tony Awards nomination. The city of Mount Vernon keeps churning out great African American talent in the entertainment industry.

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