HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University alumnus, Derrick Baskin (‘97), has been nominated for a 2019 Tony Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The nomination is for his work in the musical, “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations,” which can be seen on Broadway in New York.
“Hampton University would like to congratulate Mr. Derrick Baskin on his Tony Award® nomination. Here at Hampton, we produce the best and the brightest. We are proud to see one of our very own so successful. You are truly an inspiration for this university,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Baskin graduated from Hampton University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He was last seen in the Oscar-nominated film “Marshall” and is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Hulu sitcom “Difficult People” and his recurring role on “Law & Order: SVU.” Other film credits include “Annie,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx; and “Anesthesia” starring Glenn Close, directed by Tim Blake Nelson.
Baskin has also acted onstage in The New York Times Critic’s Pick “Whorl Inside a Loop” and has originated roles in the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musicals “Memphis: Spelling Bee,” where he also earned a Drama Desk Award; and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” working alongside Oscar/Grammy/Tony-award winning composer, Alan Menken, and Pulitzer Prize author Doug Wright. Baskin’s concert experience includes performances with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Bublé, Wiz Khalifa and Mariah Carey, and he has written songs on former Beyoncé musical director Divinity Roxx’s debut album, “I’m Possible.”
“Ain’t Too Proud,” follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later. The story of the musical is told from the perspective of Otis Williams, played by Baskin, original Temptation and founder of the group, looking back on his extraordinary American life; a man who truly lived by the mantra, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
The 73rd Annual Tony Awards® airs June 9, with host James Corden. “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” received 12 Tony nominations.