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Encores’ Cotton Club Parade is Heading to Broadway

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Today, it was announced that Cotton Club Parade, after two engagements at Center City, will be heading a few blocks over to “Great White Way.” Cotton Club Parade is a musical revue of jazz music set during 1920’s and 30’s. Utilizing the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, Cotton Club Parade transports you back to the era of famed Harlem Nightclub, The Cotton Club, during Ellington’s heyday. The 2012 run starred Carmen Ruby Floyd, Joshua Henry,  Adriane Lenox, and Amber Riley.  With songs like “Creole Call Love” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” this was one show that was not to be missed. Conceived by Jack Viertel, the previous two engagements have been directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and famed trumpeter, has served as musical director. At this time, they have yet to announce any of the cast or creative team for their venture to Broadway.

But the question that everybody wants to know is will Joshua Henry and Amber Riley be reprising their roles? With Henry heading to Lifetime’s Army Wives as a reoccurring character, he might have to sit this one out. However, Riley has mentioned that she would like to tackle Broadway and this might be her ticket to do that.

 

Checkout the highlight reel of the 2012 production of Cotton Club Parade.

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Michael Jackson Bio-Musical Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Will Open in Chicago Ahead of Broadway

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The musical inspired by the life of the deceased pop icon Michael Jackson has found its title, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Still in development after a reading in June of last year, the musical, named after Jackson’s classic song from the 1979 album Off The Wall, will incorporate the Jackson music catalog.

Focusing on Jackson’s career in his 20s–30s, Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is attached as the book writer and Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.

Announced by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the highly anticipated musical will have an out of town run in Chicago starting October 29th and running through December 1st, 2019 at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly the Oriental Theatre) before transferring to Broadway in 2020.

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Harry Belafonte Life Story Bound For Broadway

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The Broadway stage rights for the life story of the 91-year-old great American singer, songwriter, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, have been obtained by Broadway producer Ken Davenport (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening)

A timeline, creative team, and casting for the as-yet-untitled new musical to be announced at a later date.

Belafonte made his Broadway debut in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac in 1953 for which he won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award.  His Broadway credits include 3 for TonightMoonbirds, a special concert entitled Belafonte at the Palace, & Asinamali!

Harry Belafonte said, “The live theater opened up so many worlds for me as a young man. From the moment I saw professional actors on stage, I knew I could find a way forward in life as a performer and as an activist. Will humility, it brings me great joy that my story will now become a stage production that I hope will inspire audiences to follow their own dreams.”

Ken Davenport said, “Harry Belafonte is one of the most influential and respected Americans of the past century. I’m excited to be working with Mr. Belafonte to bring his powerful life story, about a son of immigrants who made a profound impact on the lives of Americans and millions of people around the world, to the theatrical stage. An outspoken Civil Rights and political activist, Mr. Belafonte has been confidante and advisor to President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dr. Martin Luther King, among many other leaders. To this day he remains a leading advocate for humanitarian causes. Harry Belafonte is also beloved for his unparalleled career as an acclaimed Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer, actor and singer of many best-selling hit recordings including “The Banana Boat Song,” “Matilda” and “Jump in the Line.”

 

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