Posted on Oct 20 2016

Todrick Hall to Join Broadway’s ‘Kinky Boots’

He will replace Alan Mingo Jr. as drag queen Lola, who will depart the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on October 30. Read More »
Posted on Dec 31 2015

Top 10 Best Performances of 2015

10. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Loomis in ‘Z for Zachariah (Photo: Roadside Attractions/Facebook) Ejiofor gives a restrained performance in this little known film and we loved every minute of it! The role of Loomis required vulnerability and strength, which Ejiofor delievered with such an amazing grace. 9. Idris Elba as Commandant in “Beasts of No Nation” (Photo: Netflix) Elba commanded... Read More »
Posted on Sep 03 2015

Lupita Nyong’o to make New York Stage Debut in Danai Gurira’s ‘Eclipsed’

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater... Read More »
Posted on Sep 01 2015

Broadway star Kyle Jean-Baptiste mourned in Central Park (VIDEO)

Several hundred mourners gathered in Central Park on Monday to celebrate the life of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the history-making actor who died August 28 after falling from a fire escape. He was the first black actor to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway. Jean-Baptiste will also be honored at the Imperial Theatre on Tuesday evening when they dim... Read More »
Posted on Aug 29 2015

‘Les Misérables’ actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste Dies at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an actor who made his stage debut in Broadway’s Les Misérables, has died at the age of 21. The news of his death was confirmed by producers of Les Miserables on Twitter earlier today. The company released the following statement: “The entire LES MISERABLES family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle,... Read More »
Posted on Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Best Performances of 2013

As we near the end of 2013, is taking a look at some of the most outstanding performances of this past year. It’s been a remarkable and groundbreaking year for black actors in the entertainment industry, and it was pretty difficult narrowing down our picks to just 10 from three different categories: television, film, and stage. Our editors,... Read More »
Posted on Sep 25 2013

National Theatre’s ‘Othello,’ Starring Adrian Lester, Brings Live Broadcast to US audiences (VIDEO)

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of “Othello,” directed by Nicholas Hytner with Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (“Henry V,” BBC’s Hustle) in the title role and Rory Kinnear (“Hamlet,” James Bond: Skyfall) as the duplicitous Iago, will broadcast live to select venues across the country on Thursday, September 26 with repeat screenings on varying dates nationally.... Read More »
Posted on Aug 26 2013

First look at Condola Rashad in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Broadway

The Broadway revival of Shakespeare’s classic play “Romeo and Juliet” began previews over the past weekend at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th Street, and we have pics from the first curtain call. The production features multiple Tony nominee Condola Rashad, and International film star Orlando Bloom as an interracial pair of young lovers doomed by intolerance. Directed by Tony... Read More »
Posted on Aug 05 2013

Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll to star in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ on Broadway

Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll are set to return to the stage in a Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American play “A Raisin in the Sun.” Previews begin March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with an opening night scheduled for April 3. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington on Broadway to a Tony in “Fences,” will helm the production.... Read More »
Posted on Jul 16 2013

Norm Lewis Debuts in MUNY’s ‘Les Miserables’ (Photos)

Broadway veteran Norm Lewis returned to the stage last night to reprise his role as Javert in a MUNY stage production of ‘Les Miserables,’ which runs through July 21. Based on the 1862 novel by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo, ‘Les Misérables’ features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an... Read More »
Posted on Jun 10 2013

Tony Awards 2013 Winners: Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Courtney B. Vance Make History

It was a historic night for black actors at the 67th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, who took home half of the top acting honors, including best lead actor in a musical, best lead actress in a play, and best lead actress in a musical. Legendary actress Cicely Tyson won her first Tony award for Best Performance by an... Read More »
Posted on May 08 2013

Norm Lewis to reprise ‘Les Misérables’ role at MUNY

Broadway vet Norm Lewis is set to reprise his role as Javert in a MUNY stage production of Les Miserables, which will play the outdoor St. Louis venue from July 15 – 21.  The Muny announced principal casting on Wednesday for the fifth show of its fantastic 95th season, Les Misérables. Broadway veterans Lewis and Hugh Panaro make their Muny debuts starring as Javert and... Read More »
Posted on Apr 30 2013

Tony Awards 2013 nominees: Courtney B. Vance, Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Condola Rashad and more receive nods

The nominations for American Theatre Wing’s 67th annual Tony Awards were announced early Tuesday morning. Performers from productions such as ‘Kinky Boots,’ “Motown The Musical,” Pippin,” “Lucky Guy,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and “The Trip to Bountiful” were nominated in various categories. Only Broadway shows that opened since April 26, 2012, are eligible. The Broadway League... Read More »
Posted on Apr 02 2013

Condola Rashad, Joe Morton to Star in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ on Broadway

Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star alongside Orlando Bloom on Broadway this fall in a modern take on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, producers announced yesterday. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the production centers on the classic feud between the Montague and Capulet families and will focus on an added racial element in this version of... Read More »
Posted on Mar 18 2013

All-Black ‘Julius Caesar’ at BAM

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) will present an all-black production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, to run April 10 through Apr 28, 2013 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Gregory Doran will direct a cast that includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus (pictured), Jeffrey Kissoon as Julius Caesar, and Ray Fearon as Marc Anthony. Brooklyn, NY—The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare’s Julius... Read More »
Posted on Mar 12 2013

Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr and the Cast of Broadways ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ Meet the Press (Photo)

With the Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful fast approaching previews at the Sondheim, the all-star cast have begun making their promotional rounds and we have pics from their first official appearance together. Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Condola Rashad and Tom Wopat met the press yesterday at Sardis in New York City. Directed by Michael... Read More »
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