With a black president in the White House, there's a lot of talk about a post-racial society. But is that feeling reflected in the dramatic arts? Ahead of Sunday's Tony Awards, host Michel Martin looks at the role of race in American theater. She speaks with Kyle Bass of Syracuse Stage and chief theater critic for The Chicago Tribune Chris Jones.
Mike Nichols has won every major entertainment award over a decades-long career that included theater, comedy, television and film. He returned to Broadway with a revival of Death of a Salesman, which picked up seven Tony nominations. Nichols warns the production may be his last.
The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. "I think the character of Sporting Life is a salesman so he has to be flamboyant, the life of the party," he says.
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