By Robert A. Emmanuel
Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua Observer) – Lamar Richardson, of Antiguan parentage, has been nominated for a Tony Award for his role as co-producer of the hit Broadway musical New York, New York.
The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement and are one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry.
Observer media spoke to Richardson about his emotions when he first heard of the nomination.
“It was absolutely unreal, and it is a blessing to see that all the hard work, effort, sacrifice and prayers that went into this journey has now manifested itself to a major acknowledgement on such a large stage in the industry,” he told our newsroom.
The musical, New York, New York, received nine nominations and—inspired by the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name—set in 1946 tells the tale of a city in the middle of a rebuilding phase after a war.
“It is a beautiful love letter to the city … this is such a beautiful show with big numbers, amazing choreography and stunning set design … it is about artists who come to the city to pursue their dreams, and in the midst of it, there is a love story.
“It is really about painting New York as a multicultural melting pot,” Richardson explained.
So, what made him so interested in producing shows? Richardson explained it was a passion he had since childhood.