Saturday, August 12, 2017

Harlem 9’s 7th Annual 48HOURS IN… ™HARLEM by Jamara Wakefield

Speaking to the Harlem9 team is like speaking to a group of old friends. This group of interdisciplinary artists has been collaboratively producing the Obie Award Winning 48HOURS IN… …

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Friday, August 11, 2017

There’s No One Like Ntozake Shange, Part 1: Wild Beauties by Jamara Wakefield

In this multi-part series, Broadway Black interviews Poet Ntozake Shange. The Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club located in NYC’s Greenwich Village was buzzing in anticipation of Ntozake Shang…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

This Is Who We Would Cast In Disney’s Live-Action “The Lion King” by Rachel Jarvis

Earlier this year, amidst the news of a future Lion King live-action film, director Jon Favreau announced via his Instagram that James Earl Jones (Fences, The Great White Hope) will be playi…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We Were There: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the Beauty in Summer Love by Rachel Jarvis

There are several reasons that summer love is so enticing. Whether it be the prospect of having an electric attraction with someone or the short lived nature of a fling, summer love is sure …

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Once On This Island Broadway Revival Cast Announced by Andrew Shade

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived, partially. The first cast announcement for the Broadway revival of Once On This Island has been made by producers Ken Davenport and Hu…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

#BroadwayBey? Beyonce set to Star as Nala in a Live-Action remake of The Lion King by George M. Johnson

You heard it correctly. Rumor has it that the mother of Blue, Rumi, Sir, and the Beyhive is close to inking a deal that will have her cast as Nala, in the Live-Action Remake of The Lion King…

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4 Black Productions Raising Money for Indie Projects by Jamara Wakefield

During the summer upcoming playwrights are often staging work at festivals and raising money for their independent projects. Here is our list of Black Artists who are producing work worth su…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Mandy Patinkin steps down from The Great Comet following Backlash; Oak still set to Depart by George M. Johnson

On Wednesday, Broadway Black broke the news of Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan’s departure from the The Great Comet, and being replaced by theatre vet Mandy Patinkin, citing low ticket sales…

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happening Now! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in the Park by Rachel Jarvis

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues with the Bard’s classic romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now through August 8, the Delacorte Theatre in Central P…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan Departs The Great Comet; Mandy Patinkin Will Replace by Jamara Wakefield

You heard it here first, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, is leaving Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. According to sources, the New Jersey born actor who is best known for the ro…

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Lynn Nottage Today, Tomorrow and Beyond by Rachel Jarvis

Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Tony Award nominated play Sweat ended its Broadway run at Studio 54 on June 25. We weren’t ready to say goodbye to Sweat, and we’re definitely not ready to say g…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Power’s Omari Hardwick On How Denzel Washington Impacted His Life by Jerrica White

Power is back in full swing and in its fourth season. Omari Hardwick is still fine as hell. Anika Noni Rose is giving her best praise in her role this season. It goes without saying that we …

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Were There: The Three Musketeers by Rachel Jarvis

At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, tucked between a baseball diamond and a playground, the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s fast-paced swashbuckling retelling of The T…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

3 Shows You’ll Want To See At The New York Musical Festival by Rachel Jarvis

For a one month period every summer, The Theatre District in NYC welcomes aspiring and up-and-coming playwrights, composers, directors and performers to the New York Musical Festival. This y…

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From Broadway Dreams To Dreamgirls, Angela Birchett Is Making No Apologies by Andrew Shade

Angela Birchett is a dynamic vocalist & actor. Since deciding to follow her dreams of musical theatre to New York City in 2005, Angela has captivated audiences in several regional and U.…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Did You Know? It’s Been Only 30 Years Since The Rockettes Were Integrated #RepresentationMatters by Ashleigh Strange

Last month, the Radio City Rockettes kicked up their precision heels at the 71st Annual Tony Awards for the first time since 2005. They marched on stage with the cast from Come From Away in…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Hercules Plans to Go the Broadway Distance by Ashleigh Strange

The 1997 Disney animated film “Hercules” will soon become a Broadway musical, according to composer Alan Menken. In an interview with The Orange County Register, Menken discussed hi…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kirsten Childs on the American-beauty myth in “Bella: An American Tall Tale” by Rachel Jarvis

Consider for a moment the image of the “All-American dream girl”. With her long hair, nice shape; beautiful, confident, flirty… BLACK?  Kirsten Childs’ newest music…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

The New Great Comet Is Lulu Fall’s “Pretty For A Dark Girl” by Andrew Shade

We often hear a great deal about the humanitarian efforts, music projects, and performances of the supposed “top tier” leading actors & actresses of Broadway, but the true wa…

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Shonda Rhimes Makes L.A. Theater Crossover by Montez Jennings

Shonda Rhimes is crossing over to the theater. The queen of television dramas had decided to back the LA based IAMA Theatre. Rhimes has provided the theater with a grant that will not only …

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

We Were There: Kill Move Paradise Rattles With Power, Pain And Joy by Jerrica White

Earlier this week, Jeronimo Yanez joined the list of police officers who have been acquitted of charges linked to the shooting deaths of Black men.  Yanez is now a free man,  while Phi…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Prince meets Broadways The Color Purple #Purple4Prince by George M. Johnson

Harmony, Melody, Creativity, and Ingenuity thrive in the ultimate mash-up of Broadway’s The Color Purple meets “The Purple One”. Created by Michael Korte and Arranged by J…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Michaela Coel Stars in London-based Musical “Been So Long” Film Adaption by Rachel Jarvis

Michaela Coel, creator, writer, and star of the BAFTA award-winning Netflix original series, “Chewing Gum”, stars in the London-based musical “Been So Long,” a film adaptatio…

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James Ijames Talks “Kill Move Paradise” & How We’re All A Witness To A Brutal Phenomenon by Jamara Wakefield

National Black Theatre is now premiering the surrealist drama “Kill Move Paradise”, written by James Ijames. This play imagines the lives of police brutality victims stuck in pu…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Top 15 #ShakespeareInTheTrump Julius Caesar Tweets by Ashleigh Strange

The post Top 15 #ShakespeareInTheTrump Julius Caesar Tweets appeared first on BroadwayBlack.com.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

James Earl Jones’ Entire Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech by George M. Johnson

Sunday evening, the incredibly brilliant multi-talented Mr. James Earl Jones, received the Special Tony Award for his lifetime achievements on the Broadway Stage. Unfortunately, the Tony Awa…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Black Broadway, An “Act” in Social Justice by George M. Johnson

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sarah Baartman to Kim Kardashian comparison reveals the need for more black critics by George M. Johnson

“A Kim Kardashian of another era returns in Suzan-Lori Park’s ‘Venus,'” – New York Times On Tuesday, The New York Times received serious criticism for their cho…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Full Performance: Amber Riley’s 1+1 Will Leave You Speechless by George M. Johnson

The post Full Performance: Amber Riley’s 1+1 Will Leave You Speechless appeared first on BroadwayBlack.com.

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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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Saturday, May 13, 2017

We Were There: Sojourners & Her Portmanteau by Jerrica White

Playwright, educator, opera singer, and Queen, Mfoniso Udofia has two plays running at New York Theatre Workshop. *pause* TWO PLAYS. In the SAME season!?!? *ends congratulatory gasp* Sojour…

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