Posted on Jun 08 2012

Is Norm Lewis the Sexiest Man on Broadway? (Video)

Norm Lewis, 49, was named the sexiest man on Broadway during a video interview. The actor, who was recently nominated for a Tony award for his role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, coyly rejected the notion of being the sexiest. However, he did express his appreciation for anyone who considers him attractive. Despite dismissing his sexual attractiveness,... Read More »
Posted on Jun 03 2012

A Closer Look at ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ (Video)

Penned by George and Ira Gershwin, “Porgy and Bess” has been called the greatest American opera. Mo Rocca explores the show’s history and its latest production on Broadway, nominated for 10 Tony Awards. The entire leading cast have all been nominated for a Tony for their performance in the musical. In a closer look at the production, Rocca sat... Read More »
Posted on Jun 01 2012

Saycon Sengbloh, Darius de Haas, et al. star in Paper Mill’s ‘Once On This Island’

Stunning new images and video have emerged from the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Once On This Island, a theatrical Afro-Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” The musical, directed by Thomas Kail (“Magic/Bird”), began previews on May 30, with an official opening on June 3. The show is scheduled to play for a limited run... Read More »
Posted on May 29 2012

Tony nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph gives advice to young actors (Video)

Tony award nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph recently sat down with Backstage to offer up some advice to young actors trying to make it in the business. In the new clip, Randolph warns aspiring actors to be at the top of their game before going after gigs in New York City as they will face fierce competition. Randolph made her... Read More »
Posted on May 23 2012

Rashawn Thompson stars in ‘The Marvin Gaye Story’ at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater

Jackie Taylor‘s new musical ‘The Marvin Gaye Story’ (Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), which highlights the legendary music catalogue of late Motown singer Marvin Gaye, officially opened May 20 at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. The show, written and directed by Taylor, will play through July 29 in a limited run. The production... Read More »
Posted on May 22 2012

Watch scenes from ‘The Amen Corner,’ James Baldwin’s stage play about a religious family

The Amen Corer, the stage play written by the late James Baldwin that centers around the female pastor of a black church in 1950s Harlem, is playing now through June 17 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Lou Bellamy (Black Pearl Sings!, Radio Golf, and Fences) directs the musical stage play that had its world premiere at the Guthrie... Read More »
Posted on May 18 2012

Audra McDonald wins Drama League award for Distinguished Performance in ‘Porgy and Bess’

Audra McDonald took home the top acting honor earlier today  at the 78th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony, where she was presented with the Distinguished Performance award for her role in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The actress beat out both male and female nominees, including Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, and co-star Norm Lewis for the... Read More »
Posted on May 09 2012

Giancarlo Esposito, Tonya Pinkins, and Ron Cephas Jones rehearse for ‘Storefront Church’

Rehearsals are underway for off-Broadway’s Storefront Church, the third and final play in John Patrick Shanley‘s trilogy that started with the critically acclaimed Doubt. The new play will run May 16-July 1 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross theater, with an official opening on June 11. The cast consists of today’s most celebrated black stage actors, including Giancarlo... Read More »
Posted on May 08 2012

Ty Jones stars in off-Broadway’s ‘Macbeth’

Epic Theatre Ensemble’s off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is currently playing at the 47th Street theater until the end of the month. Obie winner Ty Jones stars in the title role, Melissa Friedman as Lady Macbeth, with supporting roles being played by Lori E. Parquet, Devin Haqq, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., and Julian Rozzell, Jr. While the tragic story... Read More »
Posted on May 08 2012

‘Fela!’ star Adesola Osakalumi performs ‘Water No Get Enemy’ (Video)

Adesola Osakalumi, who plays the alternate leading role of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, stopped by ‘Windy City Live’ last month and performed an incredible number from the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith executive produced hit musical Fela!. The show, which is currently on a national tour, centers on the life of the African music legend and the culture... Read More »
Posted on May 05 2012

Watch Corbin Bleu sing in his underwear in Broadway’s ‘Godspell’ (Video)

Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical”) is currently starring as Jesus Christ in the Broadway production of Godspell. The hippie musical follows Jesus as he preaches the gospel to his disciples through campy musical numbers. In newly released footage from the show, Wallace Smith can be seen portraying Judas, while Bleu performs “Save the people” in his underwear. WATCH: RELATED... Read More »
Posted on May 02 2012

Broadway’s ‘Magic/Bird’ Will Close May 12

After just 38 performances and only one month after it’s official opening, the curtain is coming down on Broadway’s Magic/Bird. Unfortunately, the play received bad reviews and won no Tony award nominations. Eric Simonson’s play about the epic rivalry and unlikely friendship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will close on Saturday, May 12, at the Longacre Theater, the show’s producers announced on Tuesday.... Read More »
Posted on May 01 2012

First Look at Corbin Bleu as Jesus Christ in Broadway’s ‘Godspell’ (Photos)

Corbin Bleu (‘High School Musical’) returns to the stage as Jesus Christ in the Broadway revival of Godspell. Bleu took up the role on April 17, previously played by caucasian actor Hunter Parish. The Gospel According to St. Matthew is presented in a series of skits and songs, with Jesus and his disciples presented as loving clowns, in this... Read More »
Posted on May 01 2012

Tony Awards 2012: Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier, Audra McDonald and more nominated!

The nominations are in! The American Theater Wing has announced the nominees for this years’ annual Tony awards celebration. The organization heavily nominated the cast of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Most noticeably absent were nominations for black plays such as The Mountaintop, but there were a few surprises from other productions like the Kenny Leon-directed Stick Fly. The... Read More »
Posted on Apr 30 2012

‘Fela!’ Star Adesola Osakalumi Talks Broadway (Exclusive)

Like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the character he plays in the African-themed musical drama Fela!, Adesola Osakalumi is passionate about his work in the arts. The multi talented actor and dancer made his way to the Broadway stage through rigorous preparation and hard work in stage productions like 'Jam on the Groove,' and 'Equus.' He has also appeared in small roles... Read More »
Posted on Apr 24 2012

2012 Drama League Awards: Sam Jackson, Angela Bassett, Leslie Odom Jr, Condola Rashad, and more nominated

Nominees were announced today for the 78th Annual Drama League awards. Sister Act‘s Raven-Symoné joined Drama League nominee Megan Hilty and Justin Long as co-host to announce The 2012 Drama League Nominees in various competitive categories for excellence in theater. DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop Samuel L. Jackson, The Mountaintop Leslie Odom, Jr., Leap of Faith Condola Rashad, Stick... Read More »
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