Black actors in Wicked leading roles

Elphaba: Alexia Khadime (West End), Brandi Chavonne Massey (Broadway u/s), Dan'yelle Williamson (Chicago u/s), Lilli Cooper (2nd national tour u/s, Melbourne & Broadway s/b), Saycon Sengbloh (Broadway s/b)

Fiyero: Clifton Oliver (Broadway u/s), Derrick Williams (1st national tour, Broadway & Los Angeles), Taye Diggs (Broadway)

Madame Morrible: Celisse Henderson (1st national tour u/s), Dioni Michelle Collins (Chicago, Los Angeles & Broadway u/s), Myra Lucretia Taylor (1st national tour)

Wizard: Ben Vereen (Broadway), Jay Laga'aia (Australian tour)

Dr Dillamond: K Todd Freeman (1st national tour, Chicago & Broadway)

Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed is nominated for 6 Tony Awards

Danai is nominated in the category Best Play

  • Best Play
    Author Danai Gurira
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play 
    Lupita Nyong'o
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play  
    Pascale Armand
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play  
    Saycon Sengbloh
  • Best Costume Design of a Play  
    Clint Ramos
  • Best Direction of a Play  
    Liesl Tommy

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Why Lupita Nyong’o and other A-listers turn down big movie paydays for ‘small’ plays
On Tuesday (May 3), the 2016 Tony nominations were announced, an exciting day for theater-goers everywhere. Celebrating the hard work and performances on Broadway this past year, there were numerou…

Part of Lupita Nyong’o’s essay addressing why she chose to work on Eclipsed

“…Nyong’o says being in a play is “like running a marathon every night,” but she loves doing it. She writes, “A journalist asked me, ‘Why would such a big star choose to do such a small play?‘” A question the Yale drama grad calls “quite silly.”

“I’m an actress; why wouldn’t I want to be in an incredible, gorgeous, meaty piece about the complicated choices of women during wartime?” Nyong’o writes, explaining that the problem of that question goes way deeper. “To me it felt like a question about our value system in this culture, the ways we define success for ourselves as well as others. I turned down a few projects to pursue this one. I knew there was a sense of what was expected of me, but this play felt so important to me that I had to do it, expectations be damned….”