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Jay-Z and Will Smith’s Musical Fela! Takes Home Three Tony Awards

 

At Sunday’s Tony Awards two of Hip-Hop and Hollywood’s leading  men won big when their Broadway stage play racked up triple honors.

Jay-Z and Will Smith’s Fela! was awarded three Tony’s for “Best Choreography”, “Best Sound Design of A Musical” and “Best Costume Design Of A Musical.”

As previously reported Carter and Smith were associate producers of the Bill T. Jones production alongside ?uestLove of the Roots and Will’s wife Jada.

Fela! was described as the “the most original play on Broadway” and told the story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.

The musical was nominated in 11 categories at Sunday’s awards ceremony including “Best Musical” and was noted for its “Afrobeat” music that helped tell the story of Kuti who was well known for his political activism.

In related news, Denzel Washington took home the Tony for “Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play”—his first ever, for his role in the play Fences.

His co-star Viola Davis also took home an award for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.”

Comment Comments: 4 Tags Tags: jada pinkett smith, ?uestlove, denzel washington, fela!
  • zoriansmom

    I think the musical Fela should have won even more than 3 I saw it last year the lead actor was awesome! He deserved a Tony.

  • thrasher

    BRAVO!!! I am SO proud of them!

  • Annelli

    Now maybe Jay-Z should produce a play for his wife…that way she can win her acting awards…maybe even an Oscar. I love seeing African Americans being successful…I just wish that we could also conquer fields that do not include entertainment or sports.

  • saundra

    Now here are things we should be talking about. Not Slim Thug and his remarks or that Katt Stacks chicks. Great job Black Men!