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2010
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Sahr Ngaujah — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Show:
Fela!

Role:
Afrobeat phenomenon and political activist Feli Anikulapo Kuti, the musician, infamous lover and rabble-rouser who changed the face of the world music landscape.

Bio Brief:
The Hotlanta triple-threat son of a former DJ and Sierra Leone native, Ngaujah has worked for over a decade in the UK as a director and actor in avant-garde stage works like The Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages and mainstream American TV shows like House of Payne.

Other Honors for This Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (2009)
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—Theatre World Award

Tony History:
This is Ngaujah’s first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact:
Before heading to the UK, Nguajah turned down a full ride to the Juilliard School so he could "just act" in his native Georgia.

Quotable Quote:
“[Choreographer and director] Bill T. Jones called me in Amsterdam and said they were working a piece about Fela Kuti. All I could think was, ‘Holy shit!’” —Ngaujah in a Fresh Face interview with Broadway.com, 1/28/10

 

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

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