As reported yesterday, the Broadway musical Fela! received 11 Tony nominations — more than any other musical this year. Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Oscar nominee Viola Davis received Tony nods for their performances in the revival of August Wilson’s Fences.
Davis is no stranger to the Tony Awards.¬† While she hasn’t been on the stage for six years, she won for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for 2001’s King Hedley II.
Fences also received a nomination for Best Revival of a Play.
The Tony Awards date back to 1947 and recognize achievements in Broadway productions and regional theater. Other Tony Award winners include Diahann Carroll (1961), Jennifer Holliday (1982) and Heather Headley (2000).
The Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, June 13, 2010 live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.