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‘The Color Purple’ Star Cynthia Erivo Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

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While I was one of many who mourned the loss of yet another majority African-American show on the Great White Way, there always seems to be a silver lining.This time, that comes in the form of being able to witness Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis co-star on the big screen for the thriller ‘Widows’ directed by Steve McQueen and a screenplay by ‘Gone Girl’s’ Gillian Flynn. Talk about a talent overload.

The film based on the 1983 British miniseries,  follows a group of four women who unite to pull off the heist that left their husbands—a group of armed robbers—dead.

This marks Erivo’s big screen debut, and its no surprise that after taking Broadway by storm with her talent, the silver screen is the next path to set ablaze. She has previously appeared on screen in the U.K. series Mr. Selfridge, and most recently Chewing Gum. Her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing! in the West End, the U.K. tour of Sister Act and the most recent one-night-only concert of The Last Five Years.

While we wait for this on-screen slayage, don’t forget to get your tickets to The Color Purple before the show plays its final performance January 8th (also Erivo’s 30th birthday). Don’t block your blessing!

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In The Heights Film Taps Corey Hawkins to Play Benny

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Corey Hawkins Romeo & Juliet Opening Night 2013

The Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights is headed to the big screen thanks to Warner Bros., And according to Deadline the Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has been cast in the role of Benny, a taxi driver who works for the father of the young lady he is in love with, Nina. As a college student at Stanford, Nina is considered “the one who made it out.” However, Nina’s father won’t accept Benny as his daughter’s boyfriend

Set in Washington Heights in NYC, In the Heights follows the lives of people who battle with helping their neighborhood in the midst of gentrification as well as dealing with their own issues while experiencing a blackout. It was previously announced that Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) would lead the film as the bodega owner Usnavi.

“In The Heights” will hit movie theaters June 26, 2020, with a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians)

Hawkins is a 2017 Tony Award nominee for his role in Six Degrees of Separation. The Julliard graduate also graced the Broadway stage Broadway in Romeo & Juliet alongside Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom. He also was recently seen in Spike Lee‘s Oscar-nominated film BlacKkKlansman.

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Broadway’s American Son Starring Kerry Washington Will Be Adapted for Netflix

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The Broadway play American Son starring Kerry Washington will find a home on the streaming platform Netflix. The announcement was made Monday night on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by Washington who will reprise her role in the film adaption.

American Son follows the story of interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son.

The play won’t just be filmed but it will be adapted to be “a play/movie hybrid event” according to Washington.

Production is set to take place in February in New York City. Tony Award-winning Leon will return to direct and is also set to produce the Netflix transfer. The original cast including Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will all reprise their roles in the production.

American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love, and identity,” said Cindy Holland, VP originals at Netflix. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

American Son is in its final week on Broadway. The show will close on Sunday, January 27th.

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