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

Billy Porter Sings His Heart Out In One Take With “Love The Pain Away” by Marshall W. Mabry Iv

Tony and Grammy Award-winning, Billy Porter, released a new live music video recently! The Kinky Boots star and Broadway legend recorded a live version of his original song “Love the P…

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Once On This Island’s Hailey Kilgore Will Make Her Solo Concert Debut! by Marshall W. Mabry Iv

Tony & Grammy Nominee Hailey Kilgore will make her solo concert debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below this month! The Once On This Island star makes her debut following the closing of the To…

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Sydnee Winters returns to The Lion King on Broadway by Marshall W. Mabry Iv

Sydnee Winters is back in the Shadowland at the Minskoff Theatre. Winters is returning to The Lion King in the role in which she made her Broadway debut. Taking over the role of Nala, fro…

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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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Cuba Gooding Jr. Returns to the Role of Billy Flynn in Chicago by Marshall W. Mabry Iv

Show me the money! Cuba Gooding Jr. (A Trip to Bountiful) returns to Broadway’s ‘Chicago.’ Oscar Winner and Broadway alumni, Cuba Gooding Jr., has returned to Broadway. Cuba has return…

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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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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cedric Neal Reaches The Highest Ground On The Voice UK, All 4 Judges Turn! by Drew Shade

In an African inspired bomber jacket, Cedric Neal takes you thru a journey singing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground’ in week 2 of The Voice UK 2019 Blind Auditions! Known fo…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Brittney Johnson Makes History As First Glinda of Color in Wicked On Broadway #BlackGlinda by Drew Shade

Last night, January 10, 2019, Brittney Johnson (Les Mis, Motown, Beautiful) stepped on to the stage at the Gershwin Theatre and made history as the first Black woman, or any woman of color f…

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Ledisi, Amber Iman, Jamar Williams & More Star in Witness Uganda West Coast Premiere by Drew Shade

The documentary musical, Witness Uganda, by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews will make its west coast premiere at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. After a successful Off-…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

RESPECT! Liesl Tommy Will Direct Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic by Drew Shade

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, handpicked Jennifer Hudson to play her in a biopic and now according to Deadline Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Insecure, Queen Sugar) h…

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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway by Drew Shade

Last night, January 8th, Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney made his Broadway debut and his play Choir Boy officially opened on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. You know …

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Top 5 Works To See at Under The Radar Festival! by Drew Shade

Over the last 15 years, The Public’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. This festival is an outlet that allows new works the opportunity to c…

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TW: From STOMP to Star Wars, Ahmed Best Opens Up About Suicide by Drew Shade

Ahmed Best shares a story that discusses the effects of being bullied and harassed as a Black actor. He talks in detail about the racially motivated criticism from Star Wars fans about his p…

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Cynthia Erivo Nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award by Drew Shade

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo, known for her transformative performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple is now one of five actors no…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka Announces Cast by Drew Shade

The world premiere of If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a MuhFucka written by Tori Sampson, who is making her New York City professional debut, and directed by Leah C. Gardiner has found its Of…

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The North Star by Donja R. Love — Juilliard Reading by Drew Shade

The Juilliard School Drama Division and its Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program present the second of two 2018 Houghton Festival Readings. The North Star written by Donja R. L…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Amber Iman Dazzles In Her One-Woman Show & It’s Everything We Know You Need by Drew Shade

Amber Iman dazzled in her one-woman show on December 9th, 2018  at the Triad Theatre. Captivating the audience with her storytelling and finishing them off with her unique vocal stylings, I…

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Cast Announced for The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II at National Black Theatre by Drew Shade

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre [NBT] announces the cast of the first workshop production for this year’s cohort of I Am Soul Playwriting Residency by playwright Lee Ed…

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Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage — Review by Marcus Scott

Afro-American narratives are experiencing a meteoric surge in the proliferation of the modern mainstream liberal white consciousness in the nation, critics will say, and they aren’t wrong.…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Honoring the Life & Work of Dr. Ntozake Shange by Jamara Wakefield

“I believe in magic. I believe in being carried away.” Broadway Black began reporting on Dr. Ntozake Shange over a year ago as she was returning to the stage as poet, performer, and …

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Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief — Review by Andrew Shade

“How does one deal with grief? When do we stop grieving?” Writer/Actress Ngozi Anyanwu poetically attempts to address the age-old question with her play, Good Grief, in its New York prem…

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Patricia Ione Lloyd’s Eve’s Song Opens Off-Broadway by Andrew Shade

Beginning previews October 21st, The Public Theater celebrates the official opening of Eve’s Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd on November 7th. Eve’s Song follows the haunting of a Bl…

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