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Michaela Coel, creator, writer, and star of the BAFTA award-winning Netflix original series, “Chewing Gum”, stars in the London-based musical “Been So Long,” a film adaptation based on the 2009 stage musical by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill. Coel plays Simone, a young single mother …

National Black Theatre is now premiering the surrealist drama “Kill Move Paradise”, written by James Ijames. This play imagines the lives of police brutality victims stuck in purgatory. The drama follows Isa (Ryan Jamaal Swain), Daz (Clinton Lowe), Grif (Donnell E. Smith) and Tiny (Sidiki Fofana) as …

Sunday evening, the incredibly brilliant multi-talented Mr. James Earl Jones, received the Special Tony Award for his lifetime achievements on the Broadway Stage. Unfortunately, the Tony Awards decided to air only a taped portion of Mr. Jones speech rather than allowing him to speak live, …

“I write the black experience in America, and contained within that experience, because it is a human experience, are all the universalities.” -- August Wilson Whether it be Jennifer Holliday belting out “And I am Telling You”, from her Tony Award winning performance in Dreamgirls ...

“A Kim Kardashian of another era returns in Suzan-Lori Park’s ‘Venus,’” – New York Times On Tuesday, The New York Times received serious criticism for their choice to run an article about the play Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks, comparing the life of Saartjie Baartman, a …

A few weeks back we shared a snippet of Amber Riley singing a cover of Beyonce's 1+1.  Now the full version of that video has arrived and is sure to take your breath away. For those unaware of Amber Riley, she starred as Mercedes Jones, the ...
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On a gloomy day more characteristic of February than May, the Russian Samovar served as the perfect venue for a sit-down with Tony and Drama League nominee Denée Benton, to discuss her role in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. We’re also joined by her soon-to-be co-star Okieriete …
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So, I have a question. In the same line of thought as “innocent until proven guilty,” do we grant the assumption of positive intent in our expectations of our brothers and sister in regards to woke-ness, à la woke until proven problematic? Now don’t get …
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Our fathers, when they’ve seen all they care to see of this world, find solace in their doing better for their children than their fathers did for them, and the children are running laps inside a fence, figuring out how to hold them accountable for …

Last winter, we reported on Sojourners by playwright Mfoniso Udofia, a new play about a Nigerian family who has come to America with the goal of earning a college education, starting a family, and returning to Nigeria. But not without the twists and turns that …

Broadway Black History

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A few weeks ago, previews began for the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! over at the Shubert Theatre. Midler last appeared on Broadway in her hilarious one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last at the Booth three years ago, and Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, …

Yes, you read that correctly. The Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, got his professional Broadway start from Michael Harris, a now convicted Drug Kingpin. Washington was starting to make a name for himself in film and television with roles on “St. Elsewhere” and earning …

Photo by Michael Key So you want to meet the Wizard?  Well, André De Shields’ sass, style, and excellence in theatre will be honored at the 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts on November 9, 2015 at DePaul University. Known as a man who honored his …

Leonard Harper, one of the great minds and producers of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and 1930s, will be honored with a street in his name on the southwest corner of 132nd St and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in Harlem. Street co-naming is a …

History was made tonight, and we at Broadway Black are thrilled. As the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, I debated for quite a while about whether I would watch the 2015 Emmy Awards. The lack of inclusion of people of color, both as nominees and …

Theatre is an integral part of society. It is often the mirror that society uses to see its reflection. Oftentimes, that reflection isn’t always pretty. Though this art form has allowed many Black theatre artists to express the cultural ills of society, there is at least one …
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