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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Flint Water Crisis Addressed In Cullud Wattah By Erika Dickerson-Despenza; Performances Begin at The Public Theatre by Drew Shade

There is limited seating left for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play CULLUD WATTAH at The Public Theater. Opening today, Thursday, March 7th and running until Sunday, March 10th in the Pu…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sneak Peek: In Rehearsals With Ain’t No’ Mo at The Public Theater by Drew Shade

Get into the rehearsal photos for Ain’t No Mo’  by Jordan E. Cooper going up at The Public Theater directed by and directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. performances begin Tuesday, March …

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Behind The Set of The Light by Loy A. Webb by Drew Shade

Watch as host Drew Shade takes you behind the set of Loy A. Webb’s The Light with the stars of the show, Mandi Masden and McKinley Belcher III. Set design by Kimie Nishikawa. Broadway Blac…

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Behind The Sheet World-Premiere Plays Third & Final Extension by Drew Shade

Now extended through March 10th, the world premiere of Behind The Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson will continue its performances at the Ensemble Studio Theater which began January 9th. Charly …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jonathan Burke Takes Over Lead Role in Choir Boy — Final Two Weeks! by Drew Shade

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Choir Boy, by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, The Brother/Sister Plays, High Flying Bird) will begin its final two…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Nicolette Robinson, Leslie Odom Jr., & Cynthia Erivo Sign On to Produce Witness Uganda by Drew Shade

It’s official! Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton), along with his wife Nicolette Robinson (Waitress) have joined on as producers for …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cicely Tyson Graces The Cover of Time Magazine & Talks About Why She Loves Acting by Drew Shade

The living legend Cicely Tyson is featured on the cover of TIME magazines 2019 Optimists issue after being chosen for the honor by filmmaker and guest editor, Ava DuVernay. The cover captur…

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Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline Will Air On PBS Feb 8th by Drew Shade

The Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, will debut February 8 at 9 PM ET. The LCT production opened in July 2017 was directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Iconic Entertainer Gregory Hines Honored With a Black Heritage Series Stamp by Drew Shade

The U.S. Postal Service honored iconic entertainer Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp in a ceremony on January 28th. As the 42nd entry in the series, the stamp featuring a 1…

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Michael Jackson Bio-Musical Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Will Open in Chicago Ahead of Broadway by Drew Shade

The musical inspired by the life of the deceased pop icon Michael Jackson has found its title, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Still in development after a reading in June of…

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In The Heights Film Taps Corey Hawkins to Play Benny by Drew Shade

The Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights is headed to the big screen thanks to Warner Bros., And according to Deadline the Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has been cast in th…

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The Public Theater Will Present Hercules Musical & Hercules Is Black! by Drew Shade

We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. Back in 2017, we reported that a musical adaptation of the Disney movie Hercules would be headed to Broadway. Now we can confirm that …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Pose’ Star Ryan Jamaal Swain Will Make His Broadway Debut in Choir Boy by Drew Shade

Standout star of FX’s ‘Pose” has joined the cast of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy. He will be stepping in as the cover of the lead role Pharus. This will mark his…

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A Superhero On & Off The Stage, Camille A. Brown Brings ink by Drew Shade

Camille A. Brown‘s dance company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, tours nationally and internationally and will be presenting six performances featuring the debut of ink at The Joyce …

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NBC Cancels “Hair Live!”; Seeking Titles with Wide Appeal by Drew Shade

Not too long ago, NBC announced that the musical “Hair Live!” would have life on the network and air May 19 with Broadway director Diane Paulus at the helm, reprising her positi…

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Adrienne Warren Will Star In Tina The Tina Turner Musical On Broadway by Drew Shade

As previously reported, Tina the musical about the iconic entertainer Tina Turner will be headed to Broadway this fall. Announced today, Adrienne Warren who currently stars in the produc…

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Black Women Playwrights Shine at Third Annual JAG Productions Festival JAGFest3.0! by Drew Shade

For the past two years, JAG Productions has been making waves in the theatre community of White River Junction, Vermont and the ripple effect has made its way to the Big Apple more than a fe…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Harry Belafonte Life Story Bound For Broadway by Drew Shade

The Broadway stage rights for the life story of the 91-year-old great American singer, songwriter, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, have been obtained by Broadway producer Ken Davenport…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Audra McDonald Returns To Broadway In Frankie & Johnny Revival by Drew Shade

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Shuffle Along, Lady Day) will return to Broadway to star in a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, this May, …

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Broadway’s American Son Starring Kerry Washington Will Be Adapted for Netflix by Drew Shade

The Broadway play American Son starring Kerry Washington will find a home on the streaming platform Netflix. The announcement was made Monday night on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy F…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

West End’s Tina Turner Musical Headed to Broadway & Will Release Cast Album by Drew Shade

Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren has been tearing down sold-out houses night after night in Tina the musical about the iconic Tina Turner in London’s West End since it’s premie…

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Bebe Winans Musical Born For This Releases Music Video Starring Donald Webber Jr. by Drew Shade

The BeBe Winans’ Broadway Bound musical Born For This, dropped a music video of the title song today. Donald Webber, Jr. (Hamilton, Whirl Inside A Loop, Motown), who is set to sta…

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Jessica Frances Dukes to Lead the Cast of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Drew Shade

Acting powerhouse Jessica Frances Dukes, who recently slayed Alisha Harris’ Is God Is Off-Broadway, has been tapped as the title role of Lynn Nottage‘s By The Way, Meet Vera St…

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Michael James Scott Returns to the Broadway Cast of Aladdin by Drew Shade

Michael James Scott recently mounted the Australian production of Aladdin starring as the Genie. Now he’s ready to return to the cast at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway. He wi…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

First Look: Christian Dante White Joins Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady by Drew Shade

Broadway alum and rising leading man, Christian Dante White (Hello, Dolly!, Shuffle Along) joined the cast of the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway revival of My Fair Lady and began performa…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Q&A: Kyle Beltran & Kristolyn Lloyd Talk Blue Ridge, Actor Growth, What Makes Them Smile & More! by Drew Shade

Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hanson, Paradise Blue) and Kyle Beltran (In The Heights, Head of Passes, The Cherry Orchard)  are currently starring in Blue Ridge through Sunday, January 27th,…

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Billy Porter Will Star In His New Play Remember To Live At Primary Stages by Drew Shade

The Off-Broadway theatre company, Primary Stages, announced their 35th Anniversary season. Launching the lineup includes a new play by Tony Award-winning & Golden Globe-nominated actor B…

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Noah J. Ricketts Takes Over The Role of Kristoff in Frozen On Broadway by Drew Shade

The Disney movie turned Broadway musical Frozen welcomes ensemble cast member Noah J. Ricketts into the role of Kristoff. Having understudied the role, he will now take over full-time after …

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Behind-The-Scenes: The Men of Ain’t Too Proud VOGUE Photo shoot by Drew Shade

Go behind-the-scenes of the Vogue photo shoot with the men of Ain’t Too Proud. Leading the cast as The Temptations will be Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Willi…

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“I’m proud as can be of my Black ancestry.” Carol Channing Passes Away at 97 by Drew Shade

Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing has passed away at the age of 97. Mostly known for originating the role of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, her raspy voice was distinct and unmistakable.…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Ariana DeBose Cast as Anita in Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story by Drew Shade

Tony Award Nominee for her portrayal of Donna Summer in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Ariana DeBose (Summer, Hamilton, A Bronx Tale) will play legendary character Anita in the forthcom…

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