Monday, March 27, 2017

Ain’t Too Proud–The Temptations Musical Will Play Berkeley Rep Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season by Montez Jennings

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season has some new and exciting works from creators such as Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket of A Series of Unfortunate Events), Dominique Morissea…

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We Were There: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat Opens on Broadway March 26th by Jerrica White

I’ll never forget where I was when I found out Donald Trump pulled the scam of the century and became the leader of the free world. I don’t think we’ll ever forget that moment in time.…

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Cynthia Erivo, Ariana DeBose, and More Perform at 2017 Broadway Backwards by Malia West

Cynthia Erivo, Queen Regnant of Broadway, Snatcher of Wigs has slain us again! Erivo took the stage at Broadway Backwards, an annual concert that brings Broadway’s stars together fo…

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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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HBO Releases Trailer for Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, April 22nd Premiere Date by Malia West

Broadway’s greats have gathered to bring the legacy of Henrietta Lacks to HBO. Her life began in 1920 in Roanoke, VA, but her legacy lives on today. In January of 1951, she received …

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Could The Color Purple Be On Its Way to an Emmy Award? by Tristan Halstead

Just one month after scoring a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album,” The Color Purple, which starred Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo, may get an Emmy as well.…

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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

Billy Porter Returns to Huntington Theatre Company to Direct Topdog/Underdog by Malia West

Billy Porter is back in the director’s chair! After a busy 2016, the Tony winner has reunited with the Huntington Theatre Company to bring Suzan Lori-Parks‘ Topdog/Underdog to …

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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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Nicholas Christopher Brings the Heat to Broadway in Miss Saigon by Montez Jennings

The heat is on in Saigon as the Olivier and Tony-winning musical, featuring the epic onstage helicopter landing, returns to Broadway after a 16-year hiatus. Two decades ago, a visually stunn…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago Paramount Theater to Produce All Black Jesus Christ Superstar by Montez Jennings

The classic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar will be produced at Chicago’s Paramount theater in its Broadway season finale. This 1970s musical explores the last seven days and the in…

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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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Invisible Walls Productions’ The View Upstairs Commemorates a Lively History by Montez Jennings

Theatre has a way of providing comfort and culture, this especially present in the Off-Broadway musical, The View Upstairs, by Invisible Walls Productions. The show explores comfort and ref…

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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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Brian Stokes Mitchell Thanks Cherry Hill High School’s Ragtime Cast and Crew by Malia West

Early January 2017, New Jersey’s Cherry Hill High School came under fire for their decision to censor their production of Ragtime. In response to parents and civil rights groups raisi…

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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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Sunday, March 12, 2017

First Look: Audra McDonald as Garderobe in Beauty And The Beast by Montez Jennings

Disney’s timeless classic Beauty and the Beast gets a new live-action twist with a star-studded cast, including some theatre royalty. Six-time Tony Award winner and TV star, Audra Mc…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

On The Road Again: Todrick Hall Re-Launches Straight Outta Oz Tour by Jerrica White

After putting up his heels and ending his run as “Lola” in the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, YouTube star Todrick Hall heads back to Oz. Only this time, the yellow brick road s…

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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

​The Broadway Black Guide to Carrying Your “Wokeness” Through March by Jerrica White

Right off the heels of the most exhausting* time to be woke for those of us blessed and basking in our best melanin lives–Black History Month–is March. March is Women’s His…

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Dreamgirls, Harry Potter & Alvin Ailey Receive 2017 Olivier Nominations by Tristan Halstead

We’re getting close to theatre awards season, and London’s West End has kicked things off by announcing nominations for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, hosted at the Royal Albe…

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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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Is Jay-Z the Key to Bringing In The Heights to the Small Screen? by Jerrica White

And before these twins get here, hip-hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter scored yet another deal securing Blue Ivy and Future Beyonce 1 & 2* coins and coins more abundantly. Billb…

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Nick Cannon Teases Plans to Bring MTV’s Wild ‘n Out to Broadway by Montez Jennings

Looks like someone else has gotten the Broadway bug bite. Actor and producer Nick Cannon revealed his big plans for the comedy improv show, Wild ‘n Out. From the small screen to the Gr…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oscar-Nominated Film Hidden Figures Eyeing Broadway? by Malia West

Rumor has it that our Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures might see the light of Broadway! In an interview with ITN, Janelle Monae, who plays Mary Jackson, let it slip that a Broadway musical mig…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

We Were There: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Jerrica White

On March 2, 2017, I saw Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. On March 3, 2017, I woke up still perplexed by the tour de force I witnessed… but maybe… in a good way? Let…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Dominique Morisseau, Katori Hall, Lynn Nottage & More! “From The Other Side Of The Table” by Tristan Halstead

As part of Women’s History Month, National Black Theatre’s Communication Arts Program, in association with Katori’s Kitchen, Inc and FreeDom’s Daughter Ent., will hos…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Behind The Curtain: Eclipsed Will Air The Historic Broadway Journey On Centric TV by Andrew Shade

Eclipsed is returning and this time it’s on television. Well, kind of. According to the press realease: BET International releases a multi-part documentary series chronicling the ascen…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Collecting Our Things: Black Excellence Dominates the 2017 Oscars by Malia West

If you weren’t lucky enough to get snuck in through the side door at the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony, I’ll give you the Broadway Black rundown. With Moonlight taking the big Oscar of t…

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