First-Time Tony Nominee: Cicely Tyson returns to Broadway after a 30 year hiatus and receives a Tony nod

Cicely Tyson.

Cicely Tyson.

After a 30 year hiatus from Broadway, Cicely Tyson has finally returned to the stage. Nominated for “Best Female Actress in a Leading Role in a Play” for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful, the Oscar nominated actress is the oldest in her category.

The Trip to Bountiful stars Tyson as Carrie Watts, an energetic widow living in 1953 Houston with her son, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., and his wife, played by Vanessa Williams. In their cramped apartment, Carrie dreams of returning to her hometown of Bountiful; she sets off on her own, and, as the show’s synopsis states, “what starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery.”

Many of the reviews of Bountiful mention Tyson’s spirited rendition of “Blessed Assurance,” during which she has recruited occasional audience participation.

Tyson starred in the film Sounder, which earned her an Oscar nomination, and she recently had a supporting role in The Help. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Roots and was part of the original cast of The Blacks, one of the longest running off-Broadway plays with a total of 1,408 performances.

Because of the strength of her performance and rave reviews, Cicely Tyson has a good chance of winning. However, nothing is certain. There is a chance even this dazzling acting veteran could be overlooked.

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