FROM WIRE REPORTS
The Tony Awards were held Sunday night in New York City and one of the biggest winners was 88-year-old Cicely Tyson.
Tyson, who returned to the stage after 30 years, picked up the award for Best Actress in a Play from her performance in “The Trip to Bountiful.”
“A Trip to Bountiful’’ was originally a televised play that was turned into a successful, Academy Award-winning film. In it, Tyson plays an elderly woman living with her son and his over-the-top wife, wishing that she could return to her childhood home before she dies. So she does everything in her power to make that trek.
And the star had one of the evening’s most emotional win – and not one but two standing ovations – for best actress in a play, in “The Trip to Bountiful.” She told the audience that at her age, she had “this burning desire to do just one more – one more great role. I didn’t want to be greedy. I just wanted one more.”
Other Blacks win
Courtney B. Vance won best featured actor in “Lucky Guy,” his first win in three nominations.
“It’s a richer experience now,” he said after the show. “Being nominated is a whirlwind. Now I know how to pace myself.” He was taking photos of his wife, actress Angela Bassett, as fellow guests at the Tony after-party at the Plaza Hotel crowded around them. “Besides,” he said, “we’re the toast of Broadway now! That doesn’t happen very often.”
At Sunday night’s Tony Awards, Black stars took home four major awards (and one other production award). According to Shadow and Act, this is just the second time that four Blacks have won in the same year, with the last time being in 1982 with “Dreamgirls.’’
Actor Billy Porter also won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in Kinky Boots. Patina Miller won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Pippin.’’
Producer Ron Simons also received a Tony for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, ‘’ which won for Best Play.