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Check out Hartford Stage’s production of Breath & Imagination

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There is a new and exciting play coming out of Hartford, CT called Breath & Imagination.  Using a mix of classical, gospel and original music by Daniel Beaty, Breath & Imagination tells the story of Roland Hayes, the first world-renowned black classical singer and his rag to riches story. The play centers on the relationship of Hayes and his mother, and how Hayes went from a slave on a Georgia plantation to singing before kings and queens.

Starring Jubilant Sykes as Roland Hayes, Kecia Lewis-Evans as Angel Mo’ and Tom Frey as the accompanist, this show sounds like one that shouldn’t be missed. We usually don’t hear about black classical musicians and for one of the first artists to be honored in a play feels great. I really hope that this show goes on tour so that I can get an opportunity to see it.

It opened on Jan 10th and runs through Feb 9th. If you are in the Hartford area, go and check out this production. You can find out more information as well as buy tickets by visiting www.hartfordstage.org.

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Billy Porter Will Star In His New Play Remember To Live At Primary Stages

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The Off-Broadway theatre company, Primary Stages, announced their 35th Anniversary season. Launching the lineup includes a new play by Tony Award-winning & Golden Globe-nominated actor Billy Porter entitled Remember To Live. That’s correct; The Pose(FX) star is a playwright. Beginning performances October 29th, Porter will also be starring in the piece.

Billy Porter draped at the Golden Globes Photo via @theebillyporter IG

Back in 2014 Porter’s While I Yet Live debuted at Primary Stages under the direction of Sheryl Kaller, who will also direct this future production set to premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Remember to Live is told from the perspective of an African-American gay filmmaker. The play centers on the stories of five gay men who all lived through the AIDS crisis and are now grappling with sex, intimacy, redemption, and love all with the indifference the current political climate.

Performances run October 29 through December 22. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.

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Noah J. Ricketts Takes Over The Role of Kristoff in Frozen On Broadway

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The Disney movie turned Broadway musical Frozen welcomes ensemble cast member Noah J. Ricketts into the role of Kristoff. Having understudied the role, he will now take over full-time after Jelani Alladin who originated the role.

He will begin performances Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Ricketts also currently understudies the role of Pabbie. He joined the cast of Frozen directly from the Broadway and touring productions of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Favorite regional credits include Terk, Tarzan® (WWT); C.C., Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre); Jacob, La Cage (Summer Lyric); Hello, Dolly! (St. Louis MUNY); Macbeth (IAA Shakespeare Festival). A proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM)

Check out the video below of Noah singing his heart out with “Corner of the Sky” from the musical Pippin

 

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Let’s do this. @thetonyawards

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WE DID IT. ❄️ @frozenbroadway

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