Posted on Aug 27 2012

Brandon Victor Dixon, Valisia LeKae Cast In Lead Roles for Broadway’s ‘Motown’ Musical

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce that MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, based on the life of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, will open on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street) on April 14, 2013. Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013. Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae have... Read More »
Posted on Aug 21 2012

Theatre Talk: ‘Bring It On’ Breaks Ground, Broadway Gets ‘Kinky,’ and ‘Ghost’ Closes

David Singletary gives his weekly roundup of the latest news coming out of Broadway. So what’s new? Billy Porter and understudy Clifton Oliver are officially gearing up for their debut in ‘Kinky Boots,’ which previews in Chicago this fall and debuts on Broadway next spring. New musical ‘Bring It On’ breaks ground with an unconventional role. Disney’s ‘The Lion King’... Read More »
Posted on Aug 20 2012

Leon Addison Brown stars in Off-Broadway’s ‘The Train Driver’

Leon Addison Brown takes center stage in Signature Theatre Co’s The Train Driver, which opened last week at Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre and will play through Sept 23. The play, written and directed by South African playwright Athol Fugard, examines conscience and responsibility in the time of apartheid when a man unintentionally kills a mother and child with his... Read More »
Posted on Aug 08 2012

Katori Hall’s ‘WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!’ Debuts Today

Oliver Award-winning playwright Katori Hall‘s WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, a new melodrama about class and race, makes it’s world debut today at the  Williamstown Theatre Festival. The production will only run through Sept 19. Directed by May Adrales, the story follows a white Upper East Side woman (played by Tina Benko) who contracts foreign accent syndrome, and will feature, among others, Brian Tyree Henry and Carolyn Michelle Smith. The show is billed: One-percenter Eden... Read More »
Posted on Aug 03 2012

West End’s ‘The Bodyguard’ Musical Completes Casting, Begins Rehearsals

The complete casting has been announced for the West End production of The Bodyguard, which begins performances at London’s Adelphi Theatre on November 6, prior to an official opening December 5. Joining previously announced Heather Headley are black actors Debbie Kurup and Ray Shell. Alternating the role of Rachel Marron’s young son Fletcher will be Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe,... Read More »
Posted on Jul 31 2012

Sammy Davis Jr. Broadway Musical in the Works

The late Sammy Davis Jr will be immortalized on stage in a new Broadway production. Producers Arlie Cone and Steven Hayes are developing I Will, I Can, a new musical based loosely on the life of the legendary singer/actor. After an early 2012 workshop failed to materialize, the producers are on a new path and are officially moving forward... Read More »
Posted on Jul 09 2012

Jesus Christ Superstar’s Marcus Nance Headlines Solo Concert

Stage star Marcus Nance will headline “Marcus Nance and Friends” tonight, July 9  at  The Metropolitan Room. The event is described  as an elegant evening of jazz, cabaret, theatre and opera of the finest kind. The show starts at 9:30pm. As a fan of both the classy era of Johnny Hartman and Sarah Vaughan and the impressive showmanship of the opera and theatre... Read More »
Posted on Jul 02 2012

Who is Broadway for? Blair Underwood discusses race and theater (Video)

Blair Underwood sat down for a video interview with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the influx of African-Americans in theater and the changing face of “The Great White Way.” Promoting the last leg of his Broadway run as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, the actor dished about the added racial dynamic between blacks and Louisiana Creoles in the... Read More »
Posted on Jul 02 2012

Sumayya Ali and David Hughey discuss the challenges of being a Broadway swing (Video)

Sumayya Ali and David Hughey guest star in the premiere episode of Standing By, a new web series about Broadway understudies and swings. The actors discuss their careers and the challenges of being ready to go on at any moment in the Tony award-winning production of The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess. Ali is a swing and covers the roles... Read More »
Posted on Jun 28 2012

Ron Cephas Jones set for Public Theater’s ‘Richard III’ mobile tour

The Public Theater has announced that it will present Shakespeare’s Richard III at community venues throughout New York City this summer prior to a three-week run at it’s Lafayette Street theater. The Mobile Shakespeare Unit will tour prisons, senior centers, homeless shelters, and other public locations throughout the city from July 16-Aug. 3. Ron Cephas Jones will lead in... Read More »
Posted on Jun 28 2012

Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ to close in August

NEW YORK (AP) — Some soul is leaving Broadway — the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” is closing up shop. Producers said Tuesday that the Joe DiPietro-written musical will play its last performance on Aug. 5 after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances. It opened in October 2009. While it has not yet recouped its initial investment, producers hope... Read More »
Posted on Jun 21 2012

Alicia Hall Moran Will Take Over for Audra McDonald in Broadway’s ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’

Alicia Hall Moran has temporarily assumed the female lead role of Bess in the Tony award-winning Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Audra McDonald recently earned her fifth Tony Award for creating the role of Bess in the musical production of the Gershwin opera, which received a highly controversial reworking from visionary director Diane Paulus. The show... Read More »
Posted on Jun 19 2012

James Earl Jones, Audra McDonald, and Jesse L. Martin featured in Vanity Fair ‘Shakespeare’ spread

Veterans of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park: Mandy Patinkin, Jesse L. Martin, Blythe Danner, Lily Rabe, Jonathan Groff, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Donna Murphy, Audra McDonald, James Earl Jones, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Oliver Platt, photographed at the Delacorte Theater, in Central Park. Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz shot a Vanity Fair photo spread... Read More »
Posted on Jun 16 2012

‘Fela!’ Returns to Broadway for Limited Run

Tickets for the Broadway return engagement of the critically acclaimed stage production of Fela! went on sale today via Telecharge. The production, which is currently on a multi-city world tour, will feature Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah in the title role with Adesola Osakalumi and Duain Martyn taking over for certain performances. Rounding out the cast are Melanie Marshall and... Read More »
Posted on Jun 13 2012

Naturi Naughton joins Tupac musical ‘Holla If You Hear Me’

Naturi Naughton is keeping busy with a successful acting career. The singer-turned-actress, who famously portrayed rap legend Lil’ Kim in Notorious, stopped by Essence offices to discuss her current projects. Naughton revealed in a video interview that she has joined renowned Broadway director Kenny Leon‘s workshop “Holla If You Hear Me,” the new musical stage production inspired by the... Read More »
Posted on Jun 10 2012

Audra McDonald Wins Fifth Tony Award

Audra McDonald, who already has four Tony Awards on her mantle, won a historic fifth on June 10 when she was named Best Actress in a Musical for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. McDonald is the first African-American actress to win five Tony Awards and has tied with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury for most wins... Read More »
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