Mom and Daughter at the 75th Annual Tony Awards

Tar Heel – “Vivien Yearwood has had a sense” since her 3-year-old daughter Valencia was that dancing may take her place – though medical faculty ultimately topped the listing of priorities.

“I type of thought she had an opportunity even again then.” mentioned Vivian, a resident of Tar Hill. “However although she went to medical faculty in Syracuse, there got here a day when she advised me she could not do it anymore…she simply wished to bounce.

“After attending to my knees, I gave her my help,” she added.

On June 12, mom and daughter attended the seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards at Madison Sq. Backyard, the place Valencia was nominated for seven Tony Awards as co-producer of the Broadway play “Coloured Women”.

“It was superb,” Vivian mentioned. “It was like an out-of-body expertise.”

Vivian mentioned there was “loads of glitter and lights”, and he or she was handled like a celeb – together with being transported in a limousine and pushed to the occasion.

“I am not the star-studded kind, however I have been capable of see some well-known individuals like Samuel L. Jackson and others,” she mentioned.

For her half, Valencia, who lives in South Orange, NJ, the seven Tony Awards are the fruits of a profession that features a half within the Broadway play, “The Lion Kings,” and contains elements within the at present ongoing Colonial Bean. The subsequent Trueist business and advert.

“The Tony Awards nominations have been one of many highlights of my profession,” Valencia mentioned, regardless of not profitable. “He was charming, inspiring and fantastic. There may be nothing like when your tribe comes collectively to have fun the most effective of all of us…

“It was much more particular to share with my mother,” she added.

Valencia continues to check the efficiency of elements in commercials, however plans to take a break this summer time to recharge.

“I had affords to supply within the fall, so I will take into consideration that alongside the way in which,” she mentioned.

Nevertheless, the mother continued to get pleasure from her daughter’s accomplishments after the Tony Awards earlier within the month — in addition to remembering one thing from the previous.

“I took her when she was eight, in 1972, to see the unique ‘Coloured Women,’ so I accomplished the episode by co-producing the identical present for Broadway,” Vivian mentioned. “As well as, Valencia had her diploma in biology, however she was world wide in her profession.

As for her satisfaction in her daughter…

“I could not be extra pleased with what I’ve completed,” mentioned Vivian. “However I joke about telling people who I am the co-producer.”

Extra about Valencia

Valencia Yearwood started her profession as a dancer, becoming a member of the Harlem dance scene, the place she rose to the rank of soloist.

Her movie and tv appearances embrace The Guiding Mild, Clockers, Malcolm X, The Cosby Mysteries, and Legislation and Order. She has appeared in quite a few nationwide and regional commercials, together with Liberty Mutual, Advair, Motels.com, Verizon, FedEx, BJ’s Warehouse, Publix, New York Lotto, and Partnership for a Drug Free America. Her voice work contains campaigns for Walmart, Goal, Nickelodeon, McDonald’s, Goodwrench, Tender Sheen Carson, and BellSouth.

Her credit embrace Off-Broadway Encores! @ Metropolis Heart, and the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic Metropolis. She co-produced a one-woman present ShelfLife on the Fringe Theater Competition in New York Metropolis. Valencia’s Broadway credit embrace as soon as on a mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker, and he or she was final seen on Broadway in The Lion King.

As an entrepreneur, Valencia is the proprietor of Linci Productions, Inc, an organization that helps people, nonprofits, and companies develop their presentation expertise by way of lecture rooms, teaching and mentoring packages. With a ardour to assist artists, entrepreneurs and company professionals specific themselves authentically and successfully, Valencia trains its purchasers on easy methods to improve communication and workforce constructing practices utilizing the artwork and ability of performing.

Her skilled membership contains the Actors Fairness Society, the American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists, the Display Actors Guild, and the New York Ladies in Movie and Tv Guild.

W. Curt Vincent might be reached at 910-862-4163 or ncvincent@bladenjournal.com.