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Broadway may go dark on Mondays, but Broadway Black stars were still shining all over New York City last night. First up was the New York POPS Underground performance.  Formerly known as “Cabaret Evening,” Underground is the intimate offering of New York Pops orchestra.  Hosted …
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Well, Hello @cynthiaerivo & @joshuahenrynyc 👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾 Lets talk about #TheLast5Years shall we? #BroadwayBlack A photo posted by Broadway Black (@broadwayblack) on Sep 12, 2016 at 5:08pm PDT Last night was something like spectacular. Two of our favorite Broadway stars gave us a performance of a …
Cicely Tyson Tony Awards 2013

Photo by Charles Sykes The American Theatre Wing will honor Tony winner Cicely Tyson at its annual Gala September 26 at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South). Tyson, who was last on Broadway in a revival of The Gin Game, joins the ranks of …
Cynthia Erivo, Joshua Henry

The Color Purple and Shuffle Along are exuberant examples of Black excellence. Even more so, these shows are the gifts that just keep giving. Shuffle Along’s beloved Joshua Henry is not only preparing for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton Chicago, he’s also teaming up with …
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I had the pleasure of attending this Wednesday’s Ham4Ham and it was nice, perfectly satisfactory. However, I’d like to take us back to August 10th’s Ham4Ham. This was the day the stage doors open and Cynthia Erivo reigned down Bey-like glory onto the masses. The …
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The more footage and promotional material released, the more I get excited about FOX’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” reboot premiering October 20th. The two-hour special stars Laverne Cox in the iconic role of transvestite mad scientist and sexual psychopath Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Broadway veteran Ben …
Montego Glover

Tony nominees Montego Glover, last seen in The Royale at Lincoln Center, and Tony Yazbeck  are set to star with The New York Pops in a  cabaret performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City  on September 19 to perform some of their favorite show tunes. Tony Yazbeck replaces …
Audra McDonald, Adrienne Warren

The Broadway Edition of  The Covenant House Sleep Out is quickly approaching! This year’s goal is $350,000 in service to 51,000 youth as some of our Broadway Black stars take part in Covenant House Sleep Out–Audra McDonald (Executive board member at Covenant House), Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along), …
Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is back! And as we know, she’s no stranger to making the type of theatre that challenges our way of thinking . This time she’s tackling the importance of two influential social groups directing the New York Premiere of Party People, making it’s way to Anspacher Theater …
Joshua Henry

WON’T HE DO IT! When one door closes, God surely opens an even BIGGER one, can I get an Amen? Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry joins the Chicago company of Hamilton: The Musical in Chicago as “Aaron Burr”, it was announced earlier today. Henry  just concluded the …

Broadway Black History

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Viola Emmys
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 …

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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 …

Negro Ensemble Company
The success of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun sparked a number of changes in 1959. Hansberry became the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway and though the play took home four Tony Award nominations and was named best play …
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