Once On This Island Receives Actors’ Equity’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award

Awards   Once On This Island Receives Actors’ Equity’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award
 
The award honors shows that exemplify and promote diversity, inclusion, non-traditional casting, and equal opportunity.
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Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, Emerson Davis, Quentin Earl Darrington, and Darlesia Cearcy Joan Marcus

The Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island is presented with Actors' Equity Association's 11th annual Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award August 8 at Equity’s New York office.

Presented by Equity’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the award honors shows that exemplify and promote the union’s founding principles of diversity, inclusion, non-traditional casting, and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre.

“We are thrilled to honor the Broadway production of Once On This Island with this year’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award in recognition of their diverse and inclusive multi-cultural and gender fluid casting and the many other ways in which the archetypes of the original production were broken,” said Christine Toy Johnson, Chair of the Equity’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

Read: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND RECEIVES 12TH ANNUAL ACCA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING BROADWAY CHORUS

Past recipients include the productions of 110 in the Shade and Les Misérables (2007), Billy Elliott (2009), American Idiot (2010), The Merchant of Venice (2011), A Streetcar Named Desire (2012), Cinderella and The Trip to Bountiful (2013), If/Then (2014), It Shoulda Been You (2015), Hamilton, Spring Awakening, and Waitress (2016) and A Doll’s House, Part 2, Come From Away, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017).

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