2011 NAACP Theatre Awards, a set on Flickr.
The 21st Annual Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards last night was a great reminder that real theater in Los Angeles does exist! And not only does it exist it's been around a long time and appears to be thriving. No need to rush to New York or local theater productions in smaller towns. The stage is set right here in LA to do, see, hear, produce, and direct great stage productions. In fact, the audience is ready and the talent is immeasurable!
Hosted by the always comical Niecy Nash, the awards presentation ran a little long, experienced a few technical snafus, but all in all it was an enjoyable evening of sincere acceptance speeches--all of which included "I want to thank God and my momma", laughter, and great performance.
Some of the biggest winners of the night were the legendary, Diahann Carroll, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the still debonair Billy Dee Williams; Raven Symone, the Spirit Award recipient; Obba Babatunde, the Trailblazer Award recipient; and Pamela Browner-White, the President's Award recipient.
To get the FULL list of all the 2011 NAACP Theatre Award recipients please the official website.