We recently chatted it up with Grammy award winning Brandy Norwood and, just in case you’ve been living under a rock, she is currently starring on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical. She made her Broadway debut back in April and will continue in the show until Aug 2nd. (So make sure you have your tickets!) However, it seems as though Brandy has gotten the theatre bug and is not letting go.
She was recently seen on the subway singing the classic song “Home” From The Wiz. BUT she’s got her eye on an even bigger fish. Brandy told us in our Broadway Black Box interview that she wants to come back to Broadway as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. A show that originally starred Ethel Merman in 1946 and had a really popular revival in 1999 with Bernadette Peters, who played the wicked stepmother to Brandy’s Cinderella in the popular television remake. (Reba McEntire did a limited engagement in Annie Get Your Gun back then, much like Brandy is doing in Chicago now) We never seen or heard of a black Annie Oakley buy we’re definitely not opposed.
It was such a surprise to us, so excuse the squeals of excitement as Brandy gives us an exclusive snippet into what she’d sound like as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. We would actually be thrilled to see this and who knows? Maybe this could be Brandy’s Tony winning role or nomination at the very least.
We are so proud to know that she is a Broadway lover and that she’ll be coming back to us soon in one show or another. A revival of Annie Get Your Gun doesn’t sound to shabby now does it?
Watch the video & sound off in the comments of what show you’d want Brandy to return to Broadway with?
Watch our entire interview with the superstar by clicking the link below
Joshua Henry Goes Back to School…Kinda
Shuffle Along star Joshua Henry took some time before rehearsals to go back to the place where it all began.
The University of Miami graduate got a little nostalgic with his social media followers as he took a literal walk down memory lane through the campus. Boasting his Miami green “U” tank top and sandals (clearly enjoying the antithesis of New York winter weather), Henry stood proudly in front of the Jerry Herman Ring Theater, the student performance space that cultivated his budding creativity as well as that of several other notable students.
Never forget where you came from. Before I was ready for Broadway, I honed my performing chops here at the University of Miami’s #JerryHermanRingTheater. This is where the fire was fanned. Just visited today and felt all the feelings again! #AllAboutTheU #humblebeginnings
Inside the theater, it was almost as if Henry had stepped back in time and could see and feel all of the experiences he’d had in the space. He vividly narrated the memory of his first acting class:
This is the black box theater at the University of Miami. Bruce Miller was the first person to give me an acting class in college. Freshman year we all sat in a circle here and we said something about where we’re from and what we wanna accomplish in the next four years and there was just so much love here, but it just brings back the craziest memories. Wow.
After graduating from the Coral Gables campus in 2006, Henry instantly landed a role in Godspell at Papermill Playhouse. By 2007, the crooner was on Broadway with In the Heights. Henry played “Tin Man” in The Wiz at City Center and a very sexy “Favorite Son” in American Idiot before earning a 2011 Tony Award nomination for his powerful depiction of Haywood Patterson in Scottsboro Boys.
— Joshua Henry (@joshuahenry20) January 5, 2016
VIDEO: Where did I learn how to act? University of Miami theater department! #DaU #HumbleBeginnings Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
Posted by Joshua Henry on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
I’m counting the days until we get to see many of our favorite Broadway Black stars in Shuffle Along, namely, my boo, Mr. Henry. I’m also hoping that somewhere in Hamilton’s eternal run (because it’s obviously not going anywhere anytime soon) I will get to see a Joshua Henry portrayal of Aaron Burr. #FangirlFantasy. Lin Manuel, are you listening??
Broadway Black Box: Brandy Norwood
Having the privilege to just meet the multiplatinum, Grammy award winning artist, Brandy Norwood, is a dream within itself. However, we got the chance to talk with the singer who made her Broadway debut in Chicago the musical this season. If you haven’t seen the show, you need to! Norwood ends her run on August the 2nd. Run to the box office or you’re going to kick yourself later.
In our interview with the current murderess of Chicago Musical, we talk about her journey to Broadway, what she’s doing to keep up with the demand of 8 shows a week, and what her plans are after Broadway. We also touched on her singing in the subway and what show she’d love to star in on Broadway after Chicago. It’s not all what you’d think. Watch as our host, Andrew Shade, takes you into the Broadway Black Box with Brandy Norwood.
[WATCH] Off Book: Broadway Legacy with Christian Dante White
Broadway Black Box presents a behind the scenes series entitled Off Book where we explore all the things that interest and contribute to the black theatre community
Broadway Legacy was created and directed by Christian Dante White in collaboration with celebrity photographer Brent Dundore.Together they embark a goal of creating an online historical catalogue of art and information, celebrating African American theatre. This is the 2nd of installment to the collection and will continue as an on going celebration of artists. Bi-Weekly we will feature a legacy individual please follow us on twitter/facebook/instagram for featurettes.Art Director & Created by Christian Dante WhitePhotography by Brent DundoreStyle Consultant John Eric ParkerWeb Design by Elijah Ahmad Lewis with LaCrafts CreationsDrift Studios
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Adriane Lenox (After Midnight, Doubt)
LaChanze (If/Then, The Color Purple)
Amber Iman (Soul Doctor), Marisha Wallace (Something Rotten),
Chondra Profit,(The Lion King),
Marva Hicks (Motown: The Musical, Caroline, Or Change)
Patrice Covington (Motown: The Musical National Tour),
Krystal Joy Brown(Motown: The Musical, Big Fish)
Kimberly Marable (Sister Act, The Lion King)
Candice Marie Woods (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Catch Me If You Can),
Crystal Joy (Motown: The Musical)
Aisha De Haas (Caroline, Or Change, One Mo’ TIme)
Capthia Jenkins (Newsies: The Musical, Caroline, Or Change),
Nikki Renee Daniels (Book Of Mormon, Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess)
Krisha Marcano (Motown: The Musical, The Color Purple)
Maia Nkenge Wilson (The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple)
Jesse Nager (Motown: The Musical, Mary Poppins)
Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown: The Musical, The Color Purple)
Clifton Davis (Aladdin, Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Michael McElroy (Next To Normal, Rent, Big River)
Maurice Murphy (Motown: The Musical, Leap Of Faith)
Grasan Kingsberry (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap Of Faith)
Broadway Black Box | Opening Night: Amazing Grace
We had such a wonderful night at Amazing Grace on Broadway. Read our experience in our We Were There: Broadway’s Newest Original Musical Amazing Grace Opening Night article and watch our opening night interviews with members of the cast & creative team below.
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Broadway Black Box Featuring James Monroe Iglehart
We’re back with another grand episode of Broadway Black Box. This go round we were able to talk with the magical genie himself, Tony Award winner for his role as the genie in Aladdin, James Monroe Iglehart. He is currently preparing for a sold out show at 54 Below on May 4th. However, don’t fret! A 2nd show has been added on May 18th so you still have a chance to see him work his magic.
He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musical Memphis. Other NYC: The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and The Wiz. Film/TV: “The Good Wife” and “The Electric Company” (the Silent E Soloist). He is a member of the hip-hop improve group Freestyle Love Supreme which you’ll be able to see why in his interview towards the end. He was also seen in one of our favorite new Netflix original series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt as the archnemisis of Tittus Burgess‘ character, Titus.
Fresh from his Tony Award-winning, nightly show-stopping performance in as the beloved Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, as well as Broadway performances in Memphis and Spelling Bee, James Monroe Iglehart makes his 54 Below debut with How the Heck Did I Get Here? James relives his obsession with being cool, getting girls and a becoming a star told through funny childhood stories and songs ranging from R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel and Broadway (and maybe a country tune!). CBS New York says that “Iglehart’s performance is a classic example of traditional song-and-dance Broadway brilliance. His charisma shines almost as bright as his smile, and he has created a genie that you never want to leave the stage. It’s Iglehart’s warmth that seems to leap off the stage and into the delighted hearts of lucky theatergoers of all ages, warmth that is so charming and so magnetic that it’s almost palpable.” Come see the “fun-loving, fast-talking, smooth-singing Genie” that all of Broadway is talking about!
How the Heck Did I Get Here? May 4 & 18, 2015
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Broadway Black Box host, Andrew Shade, sits down with the Tony winning performer to really find out how the heck did he get here! Check out the interview below and don’t forget to comment and tell us what you think!
Broadway Black Box Featuring Melba Moore
It’s that time again. Another episode of Broadway Black Box. Last time we sat down with the phenomenal Ben Vereen. Well, this time we had the privilege of speaking with Tony Award winner Melba Moore (Purlie 1970). She is currently gearing up for an appearance at the Metropolitan Room on April 13 at 9:30 with a new show featuring songs made famous by legendary singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Barbra Streisand, and Diana Ross. Joining Moore will be her special guest, actor/singer/songwriter Clifton Davis, who wrote hits for The Jackson Five.
With a total of 11 top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, both singles and albums, Melba Moore sits with the host of Broadway Black Box, Andrew Shade, to discuss how she’s been able to withstand the changes in the industry and what it takes to have a career span decades.
From theatre to music Melba Moore is a force to be reckoned with and she gives us an inside look on how its all done. You might find yourself more than surprised by her journey. She’s done way more than sing with Beyonce in Fighting Tempations. So, make sure you get your tickets for her upcoming concert. April 13th 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room. Be There! Find out more HERE!
In 1970, Moore was cast as “Lutiebelle” Gussie Mae Jenkins,” opposite Cleavon Little, in the musical Purlie. Originally she was assigned only the title song, but she had such success with it in previews that songwriters Gary Geld and Peter Udell gave her another, “I Got Love.” This song was such a smash hit that it shot Melba to stardom. Not only did it supply the title to her debut album, which earned her a 1971 Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, but it boosted her to the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, a 1970 Theatre World Award, and a 1970 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.
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