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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play — Review by Jazmine Harper-Davis

“Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking!” We all know those high school girls who were a part of the “it” crowd. They had the looks, the confidence, the boy, and the seeming…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Exclusive: Denée Benton and Okieriete Onaodowan Talk Great Comet, Diversity & Artivism by Jazmine Harper-Davis

On a gloomy day more characteristic of February than May, the Russian Samovar served as the perfect venue for a sit-down with Tony and Drama League nominee Denée Benton, to discuss her ro…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Uzo Aduba, Christopher Jackson and More for Opening Act’s Annual Benefit Reading by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Opening Act, which for more than a decade has provided free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, announced today that Jasmine Cephas J…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

We Were There: Experience Deja Vu With Groundhog Day by Jazmine Harper-Davis

What if you had to relive the same day over and over and over AND over again? Would you try something new every time to get a different outcome? Would you drive yourself crazy trying to figu…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Once On This Island Revival Set to Arrive on Broadway This Fall by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Earlier this week, producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold announced that the Michael Arden-directed Broadway revival of Once On This Island will begin performances November 9, with an of…

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Hello, Dolly! The Past, The Present, and The Prospective Future by Jazmine Harper-Davis

A few weeks ago, previews began for the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! over at the Shubert Theatre. Midler last appeared on Broadway in her hilarious one-woman show I’ll Ea…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Marisha Wallace Leads The Color Purple as Celie in London Benefit Concert by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Marisha Wallace, currently the alternate Effie in Dreamgirls in London, will star as Celie in a new one-night-only concert performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Color …

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Phylicia Rashad To Direct The Roommate at Steppenwolf Theatre by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that stage, film and television star Phylicia Rashad will direct the company’s Chicago premiere of The Roommate, starring Ora Jones and Sand…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The World is Wide Enough: Hamilton Second National Tour to Begin February 2018 by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Only days after launching the first national tour of Hamilton last week, producer Jeffrey Sellers announced that a second national tour will kick off in Seattle starting February 2018. A…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Ars Nova To Take Underground Railroad Game On Tour This Summer by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Ars Nova has announced an international tour of their critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, Underground Railroad Game, created by and starring Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard. The…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

We Were There: Amber Riley Glimmers in West End Production of Dreamgirls by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Dates chosen, flights booked and a journey across the sea to see what’s easily one of my top ten favorite musicals of all time, Dreamgirls, was on the horizon. Only seven agonizing months…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Off-Broadway Hamilton Spoof Spamilton Cast Recording Out Now by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Spamilton, the off-Broadway parody of the musical phenomenon Hamilton, released a cast album on DRG Records last week. The cast recording features original Spamilton cast members Dan Rosale…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

World Premiere of Dolphins and Sharks by James Anthony Tyler Opens March 1st by Jazmine Harper-Davis

The world premiere of Dolphins and Sharks, a new comedy by James Anthony Tyler that grapples with issues of income inequality, gentrification, and capitalism, began performances at the Bank …

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Dreamgirls Original London Cast Recording Gets an April Release Date by Jazmine Harper-Davis

So, you can’t make it to London anytime soon? No worries! The West End production of the five-time Olivier nominated Dreamgirls has announced an April 14th release date for its origina…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Okieriete Onaodowan to Host 3rd Annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Before picking up the accordion for his upcoming run in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, from the original cast of Hamilton, will host the thir…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Billy Porter Presents The Soul Of Richard Rodgers Album Out April 14th by Jazmine Harper-Davis

We can add producer and content curator to his already rapidly growing resume as Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter returns with a new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul …

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Broadway Black Stars Shine In 89th Academy Award Nominations by Jazmine Harper-Davis

There’s always a silver lining, right? After this whirlwind of the past few days with the Inauguration of an unqualified reality star to lead our country, millions of women marching around…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Viola Davis To Star In Film Adaption of Small Great Things by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Viola Davis has no intention of slowing down, ever. After picking up her Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences on Sunday, Deadline reported she is set…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

West End Production of Dreamgirls Eyeing a Broadway Run by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Featured Image: Brinkhoff Mögenburg According to the New York Post, the current West End production of Dreamgirls, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, Someth…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tina: The Musical, New Tina Turner Bio-Musical in the Works by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Back in 2015 we posted a What If: What’s Love Go To Do With It The Musical and in early 2016 there was  rumor that a Tina Turner musical was supposedly in the works, and would premier…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

On This Day: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Revival Opens At Richard Rodgers by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater Five years ago today, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess revival starring six-time Tony Winner Audra McDonald and Tony Nominees Norm …

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Cicely Tyson To Be Honored At American Theatre Wing 2016 Gala by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Photo by Charles Sykes The American Theatre Wing will honor Tony winner Cicely Tyson at its annual Gala September 26 at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South). Tyson, who was …

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Is This Real Life or Is It Fantasy? ‘The Soul Of Richard Rodgers’ by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Minding my business, scrolling through Instagram and I stumble across a picture Princess Amber Iman put up of Billy Porter directing something. Cool, I think. As we know Billy is not only a …

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Montego Glover Set for The New York Pops at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Tony nominees Montego Glover, last seen in The Royale at Lincoln Center, and Tony Yazbeck  are set to star with The New York Pops in a  cabaret performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below …

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Liesl Tommy Is Back With Party People At The Public This Fall by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Liesl Tommy is back! And as we know, she’s no stranger to making the type of theatre that challenges our way of thinking . This time she’s tackling the importance of two influent…

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Joshua Henry Joins Hamilton in Chicago by Jazmine Harper-Davis

WON’T HE DO IT! When one door closes, God surely opens an even BIGGER one, can I get an Amen? Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry joins the Chicago company of Hamilton: The Musi…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tea Alert: Audra McDonald Drags Bill O’Reilly For Filth by Jazmine Harper-Davis

How do you like your tea? I like mine hot and served early in the morning, so this morning was a treat! Audra McDonald woke up with her receipts, ready to drag the life out of Bill O’Reill…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lillias White To Star In Phylicia Rashad Directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by Jazmine Harper-Davis

We’ve been feeling down after going through what seems to be the black Broadway purge of 2k16. However, if there is anything that could give us some joy over here at Broadway Black, …

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Broadway Blues: Shuffle Along Plays Its Final Performance Today by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Today is bittersweet as we say farewell to one of our most beloved shows, the Broadway hit musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Tod…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Audra McDonald, India.Arie & More Will Join In Support of Broadway for Black Lives Matter Special Event #BWAY4BLM by Jazmine Harper-Davis

*BROADWAY BLACK EXCLUSIVE* “Get Up, Stand Up. Stand up for your right.” Bob Marley was on to something when he released “Get Up, Stand Up” in the early 1970s. A phras…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Phylicia Rashad Brings Head of Passes To Mark Taper Forum by Jazmine Harper-Davis

Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad will return to the Mark Taper stage in Head of Passes, a powerful, deeply moving new drama about family and the power of faith by playwright Tar…

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