"Jitney" and "The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin" are the two big AUDELCO nominee winners, garnering eight and 10 nominations, respectively. The 28th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) Recognition Awards are presented for excellence in Black Theatre.
The nominations were announced Mon., Oct. 23 at Windows Over Harlem.
Nominees have been selected in 20 categories, including Dramatic Production of the Year, Musical Production of the Year, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Solo Performance, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance, among others.
"Jitney" rolled up nods for its playwright, August Wilson, director Marion McClinton, Outstanding Ensemble Production, and Dramatic Production of the Year. The musical "The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin" earned two of its actresses, Cheryl Alexander and LeChanze, and two of its actors, Darius de Haas and Robert Jason Jackson, nominations in the category of Outstanding Performance in a Musical. "Bubbly" was also tapped for its director (Fred Carl), choreographer (A.C. Ciulla), and musical creator (Kirsten Childs). In addition, the show was nominated for Best Musical Production of the Year.
"Damn Yankees" and "Tragedy in South Central" were also nominated in the Best Musical category. Besides "Jitney," "The Dance on Widow's Row," "James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire," and "Romeo & Juliet" were selected as Dramatic Production of the Year nominees.
The awards will be presented Nov. 20, 8 pm, at Windows Over Harlem (163 W. 125 St.). Tickets cost $50 and $100. For more information, call (212) 368-6906.