Thursday, July 29, 2021

Celebrating Audra McDonald: Great Moments We Missed by JK

Last week, we celebrated some of the great moments that we got to see in the illustrious career of Audra McDonald. We consider ourselves fortunate, indeed, to have witnessed so many (HERE). …

SOURCE: www.jkstheatrescene.com at 08:48PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Odds & Ends: See Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti & More in the Juicy Trailer for the Gossip Girl Reboot & More by Broadway.com

Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Spotted: A Glitzy Trailer for HBO's Gossip Girl The previously announced Gossip Girl reboot is slated for release on HBO Ma…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 03:03PM
Monday, June 7, 2021

Phylicia Rashad to Return to Broadway in Skeleton Crew; MTC Sets Dates for Rest of Season by Broadway.com

Manhattan Theatre Club has shared some exciting announcements for its 2021-2022 season. Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will return to Broadway this winter in the previously announced Broadway …

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 09:36AM
Friday, April 30, 2021

Creative Youth Studio S2 E10: Theatre Directing by The Old Globe

our hosts Katrina Heil, Jada Jackson, Imahni King, and Emily Talerman will dive into theatre directing with Mexican American artist José Hurtado and acclaimed director Patricia McGregor! …

SOURCE: YouTube at 04:40PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Brief, Brilliant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Parul Sehgal

Soyica Diggs Colbert’s “Radical Vision” situates the playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun” as a writer who offered “a road map to negotiate Black suffering in the past and present.…

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 04:54PM
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Review: A Raisin in the Sun by Frank

David Cromer, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, LaYTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Denzel Washington, and Sophie Okonedo in A Raisin in the Sun (©Brigitte Lacombe)   If director Kenny L…

SOURCE: Scheck on the Arts at 03:42AM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

MTC Student Monologue Challenge: Wesley + Marcel by Manhattan Theatre Club

This week's monologue was written by Wesley Seaman, a senior from Brooklyn Technical High School in New York, performed by Marcel Spears, and directed by Ken-Matt Martin. To read more about…

SOURCE: YouTube at 12:36AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Dream Realized: On This Day In Black Theatre History A Raisin In the Sun Debuts on Broadway by Tremaine A. Price

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark play A Raisin In the Sun. It was on this date that history was made as Hansberry was the first Afric…

SOURCE: BroadwayBlack at 02:52PM

At This Theatre: The Ethel Barrymore by JK

Having been a legit theater for just over 92 years, it should not be a surprise that during its history the Ethel Barrymore Theatre has had some notorious tenants on its stage. Among them, t…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 9 - 15 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 9 - 16 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭  March 9, 2008: The first musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Douglas Turner Ward, Co-Founder of the Celebrated Negro Ensemble Company, Dies at 90 by Caitlin Moynihan

Douglas Turner Ward, an acclaimed leader in Black theater and co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, died on February 20 in his Manhattan home, according toThe New York Times. He was 90.…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 12:03PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: February 16 - 22 by JK

This Week in  Broadway History: February 16 - 22 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭  February 16, 2007: The future Tony-winning Best Play, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? opens at the …

SOURCE: www.jkstheatrescene.com at 08:18AM
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Black Liberation Reading List, Theater Division by New York Theater

Of the 94 books on the Black Liberation Reading List from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, only three are plays: “Fences” by August Wilson, “A Raisin in the Sun” by …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:03PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Black History on Broadway: Celebrating Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun by Marc J. Franklin

The seminal drama, acclaimed for its honest portrayal of the Black experience in America, was the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

No "Museum Piece" Revival for The Tap Dance Kid by The Ensemblist

by Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz Encores! at New York City Center is set to take on 1983’s The Tap Dance Kid as their newest musical they are reviving for a new audience. Kenny Leon (Tony Award for…

SOURCE: www.theensemblist.com at 11:48AM
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Ma Rainey Sings the Blues with Passion and Rage by David Sheward

In the 20th century, the number of African-American playwrights who have had financially successful, non-musical productions on Broadway can be counted on the fingers of one hand—Lorraine …

SOURCE: www.culturalweekly.com at 01:57PM

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom **** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward January 9, 2020: In the 20th century, the number of African-American playwrights who have had financially successful, non-musical productions on Broadway can be counte…

SOURCE: theaterlife at 01:37PM
Thursday, September 3, 2020

First Chinese-Language Production Of 'A Raisin In The Sun' Is Staged In Beijing by Emily Feng

Lorraine Hansberry's play is about a Black family's struggle against racism in 1950s Chicago. At the Beijing People's Art Theatre, director Ying Da is working to bring that story to Chinese …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:48PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tony Winner Sophie Okonedo Tapped for Amazon Fantasy Epic The Wheel of Time by Lindsey Sullivan

Sophie Okonedo, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun, is set for a recurring role on the new Amazon series The Wheel of Time. The show is based…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 02:42PM
Friday, August 7, 2020

Broadway Games: The Play's the Thing: Actress Edition by JK

Many, if not most, of our favorite musical theater stars have also spent their fair share of time trodding the boards in straight plays, too. Take one of the greatest of all time, Angela Lan…

SOURCE: www.jkstheatrescene.com at 08:03AM
Saturday, July 18, 2020

“Les Blancs” at The National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Lorraine Hansberry’s debut, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first drama written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, where it opened in 1959. It is now an American classic, but it’…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 10:23PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

WEATHER FORECAST: Black Actors Prepare for Tsunami of “A Raisin in the Sun” Casting Announcements by Broadway Beat

by Denzel Belin. @from_washington. ATLANTA – Representatives from the Black Leagues of All Creatives Together Overcoming Racist Stereotyp...

SOURCE: www.thebroadwaybeat.com at 12:00AM
Monday, July 6, 2020

Black Theatre United's Inaugural Event Features Audra McDonald & NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill by Lindsey Sullivan

Black Theatre United, a coalition that intends to elevate causes or overturn policies that target Black people in any community, will have its inaugural event, called Activating Black Artis…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 03:32PM
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Les Blancs, National Theatre at Home review – triumphant revival of forgotten classic by Aleks.sierz

NT archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s last play is absolutely compelling Lorraine Hansberry’s debut, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first drama written by a black woman to be produc…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:32PM

Black Theatre United's Inaugural Event Features Audra McDonald & the NAACP's Sherrilyn Ifill by Lindsey Sullivan

Black Theatre United, a coalition that intends to elevate causes or overturn policies that target Black people in any community, will have its inaugural event, called Activating Black Artis…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 01:18PM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Danny Sapani: 'We must teach the truth about British history' by Interview By Arifa Akbar

The actor, who stars in the National Theatre’s stream of Les Blancs, says schools must acknowledge the damage done by colonialism – to strengthen the bonds of a multicultural society Les…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Friday, June 19, 2020

Look Back at A Raisin in the Sun in Honor of Phylicia Rashad by Marc J. Franklin

The actor, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Lena Younger, celebrates her birthday June 19.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:57AM
Thursday, June 18, 2020

25 Queer Playwrights of Color You Should Know by Performerstuff

25 Queer Playwrights of Color You Should Know Written by Tiffany Wilkie June 17, 2020 Performer Stuff celebrates queer men and women of color who have brought their stories to the fore…

SOURCE: performerstuff.com at 03:43PM
Monday, June 15, 2020

Phylicia Rashad & More to Set for Black Women and the Ballot Radio Plays by Lindsey Sullivan

Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will be among the stars set for Black Women and the Ballot, a presentation of three short radio plays that will be available on June 19, also known as Juneteenth…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 04:24PM
Friday, June 12, 2020

Broadway Games: The Plays of August Wilson by JK

The late August Wilson wrote The Pittsburgh Cycle, a 10 play series depicting the African-American experience over the 20th Century. Those ten plays earned Wilson two Pulitzer Prizes, five N…

SOURCE: www.jkstheatrescene.com at 07:42AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Unseen Script Offers New Evidence of a Radical Lorraine Hansberry by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

A play based on Charles W. Chesnutt’s “Marrow of Tradition” shows the writer of “A Raisin in the Sun” attuned to the history of white violence.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 10:36AM

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