Forward 'Nigun Project' Contributor Nominated for a Tony

The Forward has a Tony Award nominee in its midst.

The nominations were announced today, and among those up for Broadway’s top honor is Sahr Ngaujah — nominated for his leading role in the musical “Fela!” about the life of the Nigerian afrobeat musician Fela Kuti.

As you may remember, Sahr worked with Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood, of “The Sway Machinery,” to create the first installment of The Nigun Project . Over the course of the next year, Jeremiah will be collaborating with a range of other musicians on new versions of old nigunim , or Jewish songs without words.

Listen to Jeremiah and Sahr’s reinterpretation of Reb Nachman’s nigun here .

The Tony awards ceremony will be held on June 13.