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Broadway Legacy Turns Broadway World Upside Down

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A bomb was dropped yesterday in the midst of NBC’s announcement about The Wiz being the next Live Musical. We were aware that a new project by Broadway actor Christian Dante White (Book Of Mormon, Scottsboro Boys) and celebrity photographer, Brent Dundore, was coming soon because the buzz around town was loud and clear but had no idea what we were in for, which made it all the better and well worth the wait.

This was the first look into that project that made us intrigued and full of anticipation.

Well, the launch has happened and it was first reported by BroadwayWorld.com. The project, fittingly entitled, Broadway Legacy is described below:

BROADWAY LEGACY is a photographic and editorial exhibition that boldly celebrates African American achievement in the Broadway industry. The beautiful showcase of talented black men was directed by one of the same, Broadway actor Christian Dante White. The exhibition’s stunning portraits features Chuck CooperDarius de HaasCharl BrownKyle Taylor Parker and more!

White’s aspiration was to feature men who not only are fiercely talented but also inspiring to each other and others. These are men who give life and love on and off the stage. His goal was to not only show appreciation for their remarkable contributions to entertainment but for these men to be recognized in a high fashion setting and to be presented by an outlet that reaches masses so they can be enlightened and educated.

In collaboration with celebrity photographer Brent Dundore, the pair came up with the concept and aesthetics to bring life to the essence of each man presented. Tony Award winners and nominees, Broadway veterans and gypsies, and the fresh, raw, and future legends are all a part of this project. This still but moving presentation in itself is a legacy. The creators invite you to learn, fall in love, and be inspired by a few good men in BROADWAY LEGACY.

In this amazing exhibition you’ll see what inspiration looks like in a timeless and classic manner. The crisp and clean presentation of Broadway Legacy is what Black Broadway and Broadway as a whole has been missing and longing for. Take a look at a few photos but make sure to check out the website www.BroadwayLegacy.com to get the full experience and find out more on why each person highlighted deserves their spot in the legacy chair. Web design was powered by LaCrafts Creations, owned and run by Elijah Ahmad Lewis, currently playing Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical 1st national tour.

Congrats to the entire team and all that made Broadway Legacy possible. This really makes our hearts happy. Look out! There is surely more to come and we can’t wait to see it. We have a feeling a Broadway Legacy of Women will be up next!

 

 

 

 

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Broadway said “What Blackout?!” and Took Their Talents Outside

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The power went clean out in most of Manhattan on Saturday night. The Broadway League released a statement saying most of the shows were canceled and that the power should be restored before the following Sunday matinee. That did end up happening but right after the blackout happened casts of Broadway shows took to the streets to offer up their voices in song to the delight of the many people in the streets who were evacuated from the Broadway houses and neighboring establishments.

Take a look at what shows popped off in the streets of midtown Manhattan!

    1. Of course, Tony Award Winner André De Shields snaps off with the cast of Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre

2. The cast of Aint Too Proud singing Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” to someone in the crowd from their dressing room windows at the Imperial Theatre. The tweet with the video it’s the cast of Hamilton but twitter did its thing and they quickly corrected them. It was an honest mistake, Hamilton is right next door.)

3. The cast of Come From Away:

4. The cast of Waitress:

5. The cast of Frozen:

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West Side Story’s Cool Reimagined by Los York Studios And It’s Pretty… Cool!

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As described in their mission statement, Los York is “an integrated production company that executes live action, design, and experimental projects.” An older project of the company resurfaced recently, a reimagined rendition of West Side Story‘s “Cool” scene, is now circulating throughout the internet. The Emmy Award winner and director of the video, Seth Epstein has brilliantly captured the story of rivalry within two different ethnic groups, but this time with more melanin!

The video also features music by Jimek (Run the World Dave Aude Club Remix), and choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid (SYTYCD).

The electrifying footwork, where pirouettes are replaced with pop locking and break dancing in the place of battements, provides hope for bridging racial gaps and relieving tensions. This style is more interpretive, with urban based movements that add an extra layer to some of the barriers printed in the original 1957 production.One thing that I appreciate about the classic musical West Side Story is its transcendent nature and ability to comfortably conform to whatever generation of interest.

Above all else, West Side Story is a love story, a modernized interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The timelessness in the modernized story–tension between two lovers of opposite gangs–reveals past and present issues found in American society however old and reoccurring they may be. The Los York video demonstrates that flexibility and once again creates an even bigger space for a fabulous classic.

Watch for yourself!

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