Theater

Posted on Feb 18 2013

Eisa Davis, Russell G. Jones and Crystal A. Dickinson Star in Horizon’s ‘The Call’

The  Playwrights Horizon production of Tanya Barfield‘s ‘The Call’ begins previews March 22. Opening night is April 14. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the African adoption drama features Eisa Davis, Russell G. Jones, Crystal A. Dickinson, Kelly AuCoin and Kerry Butler. Part of the 2012/2013 season slate, producers describe “The Call” as such: “When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they come to set their sights on a child... Read More »
Posted on Feb 12 2013

Stage and screen star Ben Vereen to teach master class in Hoboken next week

HOBOKEN — Broadway star Ben Vereen will be holding a two-part master class for budding musical performers who are destined for the stage. Rehearsals for students of at least 15 years old will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Garden Street School of the Performing Arts Dance Studio at 1018 Washington St., Second floor, followed by... Read More »
Posted on Feb 07 2013

‘Motown: The Musical’: Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry Cast as Young Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder

Broadway’s Motown: The Musical has found it’s young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy. Child actors/singers Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry have joined the robust cast of Motown: The Musical, which will begin previews March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Luke and Mawry will make their Broadway debut in the production that tells the career and life... Read More »
Posted on Feb 01 2013

Adesola Osakalumi and Michelle Williams Lead ‘Fela!’ 2013 National Tour

The hit award-winning Broadway musical Fela! is bringing Africa to theaters across the U.S. starting this week with it’s latest national tour, starring Adesola Osakalumi and Michelle Williams, at the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC. A triumphant and inspirational tale of courage, passion and love, Fela! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music,... Read More »
Posted on Jan 08 2013

Courtney B. Vance and Stephen Tyrone Williams Join the Cast of ‘Lucky Guy’

Two-time Tony Award nominee Courtney B. Vance has joined the cast of LUCKY GUY on Broadway. Vance will be returning to Broadway for the first time in 20 years. The production stars two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, in a new play by three-time Academy Award-nominee Nora Ephron and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY marks a return to... Read More »
Posted on Jan 07 2013

Joshua Henry, Tonya Pinkins and Condola Rashad Set for Benefit Reading of ‘Intimate Apparel’

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed play INTIMATE APPAREL returns to New York on January 7th, 2013 at 7pm for a one night only benefit reading in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street,) directed by Jade King Carroll and featuring an all-star cast. All proceeds from the reading will... Read More »
Posted on Jan 03 2013

Denzel Washington to Return to Broadway + A Look Back at his debut in ‘Checkmates’

Denzel Washington, who celebrated his 58th birthday last month, may return to the Broadway stage in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. According to New York Post writer Michael Riedel, Washington will play Walter Lee Younger in the show. Washington made his Broadway debut in a 1988 production of Ron Milner’s Checkmates. The production starred... Read More »
Posted on Dec 31 2012

Top 10 Best Performances of 2012

It’s that time of the year again when we reflect on the top 10 best performances by a black actor in film, television and theater projects released over the past year. Blackactors.net editors, writers and contributors have come up with a list of names who we honestly, whole heartedly believe gave the most compelling performances of 2012. Our list... Read More »
Posted on Dec 27 2012

Watch the trailer for ‘The Bodyguard’ musical

Following the official opening of the new West End musical The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre earlier this month in London, comes a dazzling video preview trailer for the critically acclaimed stage drama. Watch it below! Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated film, The Bodyguard, centers on Heather Headley as Rachel Marron, a platinum selling recording artist. The... Read More »
Posted on Dec 24 2012

Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa L. Williams and Condola Rashad Will Join Cicely Tyson in Broadway’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

14-Week Limited Engagement Begins March 31, 2013 At Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre Opening Night is April 23, 2013 *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * Academy Award winner CUBA GOODING, JR, (Jerry Maguire, Red Tails),Emmy Award nominee and recording star VANESSA WILLIAMS (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), and Tony Award nominee CONDOLA RASHAD(Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias, Broadway’s Stick Fly) will star along with the previously announced CICELY TYSON in the... Read More »
Posted on Dec 10 2012

Charl Brown Cast as Smokey Robinson in Broadway’s ‘Motown The Musical’

Producers announced today additional Broadway casting for the world premiere of Motown: The Musical, based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy. Broadway star Charl Brown (Sister Act) will join the cast as Smokey Robinson. As previously announced, Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and... Read More »
Posted on Dec 06 2012

Cicely Tyson to return to Broadway in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Here’s your chance to see an acting legend command a stage in person. Emmy winner Cicely Tyson will assume the lead role of Carrie Watts in the new Broadway production of  Horton Foote’s  The Trip to Bountiful,  which begin previews March 31, 2013, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The role marks a return to Broadway for Tyson after thirty years and the first time the... Read More »
Posted on Dec 04 2012

First Look at Billy Porter in Broadway-bound ‘Kinky Boots’ (Video)

It’s official! The stage adaptation of the cult film Kinky Boots has found it’s home on Broadway and will open at the Al Hirschfeld theater in Spring 2013. Based on the British film about a shoe factory that is revitalized when it switches to fetish footwear, Harvey Fierstein’s stage adaptation is nothing less than the spectacle you expected it... Read More »
Posted on Dec 03 2012

First Look at Patina Miller as Leading Player in ART’s ‘Pippin’ Musical (Photo)

Here’s a fist look at Tony nominee Patina Miller in full costume as the Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin the musical. An overjoyed Miller shared the picture on twitter last night. “First run through in costumes!!! #magic todo #pippin,” wrote Miller. As previously reported, Miller will assume the role of Leading Player, a character who has historically... Read More »
Posted on Nov 15 2012

‘Cotton Club Parade,’ Starring Joshua Henry and Glee’s Amber Riley, Opens at City Center

Joshua Henry joins Amber Riley (“Glee”), Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox in New York City Center’s acclaimed production of Cotton Club Parade, returning for seven performances from November 14–18, 2012. (Mr. Henry replaces the previously announced Brandon Victor Dixon. Mr. Dixon is no longer available due to scheduling conflicts). Conceived by Jack Viertel and presented under the auspices of City Center’s Tony Award–winning Encores! series, Cotton Club Parade will once again be directed... Read More »
Posted on Nov 02 2012

Post Hurricane Sandy: What’s playing on and off-Broadway this weekend?

*This post will be updated regularly. The wrath of Hurricane Sandy has interrupted most of the productions on and off-Broadway and a lot of regional productions in the North East. The theater community is slowly coming back with several Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway productions scheduled for this weekend. Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, released... Read More »
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