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Tony Awards 2015: Yet another British invasion of America

Tony Awards 2015: Yet another British invasion of America

This year, the discussion around the Academy Awards was all about the unbearable whiteness of being an acting nominee. The Tony Awards can hardly brag about diversity. It's never a good sign when a revival of "The King and I" is the multicultural bright spot. If there hasn't been the same deluge of condemnatory op-eds for the Tonys' lack of inclusiveness, it may be because theater folks are silently contending with another embarrassing cultural matter: the British re-colonization of our acting prizes. The math speaks for itself: Of the 10 nominees in the lead actor and actress categories for drama, five are English. Had half the nominees been African American...

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