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.
Whorl Inside A Loop Headed To Broadway!
As you may recall back in September, Broadway Black was in attendance at opening night for Whorl Inside A Loop at Second Stage Theatre. Since then, the show has been rumored to be making its Broadway debut this upcoming season, well that rumor is getting a lot more concrete. And we called it!
Christina Hendricks, known for her performance as Joan on AMC’s “Mad Men”, will star in an April 29 private industry reading of the Dick Scanlan/Sherie Rene Scott drama . The reading is presented by WalkRunFly, co-founded by Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon, and is in advance of an anticipated Broadway run.
The new reading, will be co-directed once again by Scanlan and Michael Mayer and will feature original off-Broadway cast members Derrick Baskin , Nicholas Christopher , Ryan Quinn , Daniel J. Watts , and Donald Webber Jr.,as well as newcomer to the cast Tyrone Davis Jr.
Whorl Inside a Loop tells the story of a well-regarded actress who agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men’s maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond — even as the actress’ life outside spins out of control. And when what happens in prison doesn’t stay there, no one is sure who to trust. From the team that brought you Everyday Rapture, this new play features Sherie Rene Scott and six men playing two dozen characters in a constant shifting of scenes, ages, genders and races. Whorl Inside a Loop explores the fine line between convicted felons and the criminal inside each of us, the viability of forgiveness and the unreliability of redemption.
This is obviously a step in the right direction and with there being more than a few theaters vacant on Broadway right now, I’m sure Whorl Inside A Loop will be able to (rightfully) find a home.
We’re excited about the possibility of this amazing show getting a much deserved Broadway run! If it does make it to Broadway, this also means Broadway is getting serious about its diverse storytelling and that’s a beautiful thing.
Chester Gregory Will Lead The Broadway Revival of Motown The Musical (Full Cast Announced)
Well, it’s that time! Time to go back to dancing in the streets this summer. After touring the country since 2014, the touring company will land on Broadway Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016.
The original production of Motown The Musical opened on Broadway April 14th, 2013 and closed January 18th, 2015, with plans to return. Those plans have finally come to fruition.
Leading the cast and making a big Broadway return is musical theater veteran Chester Gregory (Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby, Sister Act) who will star as “Berry Gordy”.
Another great tidbit is the graduation of three original Broadway ensemble members who will now star in leading roles: Allison Semmes as “Diana Ross”, Jarran Muse as “Marvin Gaye” and Jesse Nager as “Smokey Robinson”.
The smash hit production, featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, will also star J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson.
The 33-member ensemble cast will feature Nik Alexander, Erick Buckley, Chante Carmel, Chadaé, Lynorris Evans, Anissa Felix, Talya Groves, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Jamie LaVerdiere, Elijah Ahmad Lewis,Loren Lott, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor,Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Nicholas Ryan, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Doug Storm, Martina Sykes, Nik Walker and Galen J. Williams.
Congratulations to every member of this cast, many of whom will be making their Broadway debuts!
The show is billed as:
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Featuring all the classics you love, Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
More about the creative team for our #BroadwayBlack creatives:
Motown The Musical’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Hamilton), costume design by Tony Award nomineeESosa(On Your Feet!) lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz(An American in Paris), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski(Something Rotten!) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin).
Motown The Musical features arrangements and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ethan Popp (School of Rock, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), who also serves as musical supervisor for the orchestra that reproduces the classic “Sound of Young America” for the stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Holler if Ya Hear Me) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (The Color Purple ).
Find out more information about dates, times, & tickets HERE
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