^Sommers, Michael W. "Scaling 'the Heights': Musical charmer catches Tonys' eye with 13 nods", The Star-Ledger, May 13, 2008. Accessed October 19, 2011."Among the nominees with Jersey roots are Kinnelon native Laura Benanti as featured actress in a musical for gracefully portraying an ugly duckling who becomes stripper extraordinaire Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy; lifelong Teaneck resident de'Adre Aziza in the same category for playing several characters in "Passing Strange..."
^Kiper, Dmitry. "de'Adre Aziza", Broadway.com, May 22, 2008. Accessed October 19, 2011. "A year after de'Adre—pronounced 'Dee-A-dra,' a fanciful variation on Deidre—was born, her mom got a job offer in New York, but 'being from the country, she didn't want to move to the big city, so she moved to Teaneck,' the actress explains."