The 72nd Tony Awards will be here before you know it, June 10 to be precise, and the nominees have officially been announced. Sure, the Tony Awards aren’t has popular as the Oscars but these Latino performers, costume designers and composers are being recognized for their hard work to make Broadway the magical place it is. Here are the Latinos who have been nominated for awards for the 72nd Tony Awards.
John Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” was nominated for the highly coveted prize of Best Play.
The one-man play features Leguizamo covering 3,000 years of historical events, from the conquistadors to Texas and Trump. The tongue-in-cheek production showing the contributions and importance of Latinos to American history, many of them forgotten in textbooks. It’s the history your teachers refused to teach you.
Leguizamo’s show has given untold Latino American history a very important presence in American pop culture.
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) May 1, 2018
“The fact that 20,000 Latin people fought in the American Civil war… and we had the first admiral in the United States Navy, David Farragut… Where is that? You don’t see any of that stuff,” Leguizamo told Playbill in an interview.
He also will be awarded a special Tony Award for his solo contributions to the Broadway season thanks to his play.
Triple-threat actress, dancer and singer Chita Rivera will have more hardware to add to her awards cabinet.
CREDIT: Chita Rivera / Facebook
She is this year’s recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Her storied career includes a Presidential Medal of Freedom and the first Latinx performer to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. Some of her most prominent roles on the Broadway stage include Anita in “West Side Story,” Rose in “Bye, Bye Birdie” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.”
Clint Ramos was nominated once again for Best Costume Design of a Musical for “Once on this Island.”
With deepest gratitude. An honor to be with these TITANS. https://t.co/ruGyRxQXb7
— clint ramos (@clintramos) May 1, 2018
According to his biography page, Ramos won the award for Best Costume Design for a Musical in 2016, becoming the first person of color to do so. Will he be able to bring home a second prize?
The winners of the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced June 10 from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.