Yes, you read that title correctly. Stars of Broadway’s Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, as well as Questlove, will be featured on tonight’s Hip Hop Awards, airing on BET. The group will be participating in a section of the show called “The Cypher,” which is a freestyle where one person starts when another is finished, without any interruptions.
UPDATE: WATCH BET CYPHER BELOW!
If you were to ask me three years ago if some of the cast from a Broadway show could participate in The Cypher, I might have laughed in your face. However, Hamilton isn’t your average musical. It effortlessly blends both musical theatre and Hip Hop in ways unimaginable. It would be unthinkable not to include them in this year’s Cypher. They don’t have those high rankings on the charts for no reason. Plus, a cypher shouldn’t be too hard for this cast, since they already spend eight nights a week rapping and singing non-stop in their own show for two and a half hours.
The cast tweeted their excitement over the inclusion into the mainstream Hip Hop world. Miranda wrote earlier on twitter;
Warning: you haven’t really seen me in cypher mode be4. I’m different. You know how when Bruce Banner gets heated… https://t.co/Ie5d1w5LDj
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 12, 2015
Daveed Diggs shared his excitement via Instagram with this message:
So tonight my first ever #BETcypher will air. It’s kind of a lot to process because I’m going to be part of a tradition that I have followed very closely from its inception. I have no idea what it will come out like, but I’m excited that I get to share this moment with my @hamiltonmusical cast mates @reneeelisegoldsberry and #LinManuelMiranda and of course the legendary @blackthought and @questlove also, I’m gonna be on stage at the Richard Rodgers when it airs so if you see it, let me know how it goes. #loveyall #BET #hiphopawards2015
Meanwhile Renee Elise Goldsberry updated her twitter with photos of Hip Hop artists that have made their way to the Great White Way to see Hamilton in action with the twitter message:
— RenéeEliseGoldsberry (@reneeelisegolds) October 13, 2015
Taping of this year’s award show took place on Friday, October 9th at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA with Uncle Snoop returning as host. The broadcast premiered October 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET. UPDATE: WATCH BET CYPHER BELOW!
— Broadway Black (@BroadwayBlack) October 14, 2015
“Playing these dead presidents I’m getting my reparations!” -Daveed Diggs DAYUM!!! #HamiltonBway
— ThereWillBeTypos (@CijiTheGeek) October 14, 2015
I am watching the BET Hip Hop Awards for the first time in my life thanks to #HamiltonBway
— Sara Koenig (@sara_koenig) October 14, 2015
— OVO queen (@AngieWorldOrder) October 14, 2015
Renee Elise Goldsberry Cast In HBOs “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Tony Award winner Renee Elise Goldsberry, who recently announced her departure from Hamilton this fall to film and star in new Netflix series Altered Carbon, is staying #booked. The actress was just cast in the title role to star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Goldsberry will play Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (played by Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2011 best-seller, veteran and favorite Broadway Black director-producer George C. Wolfe (Shuffle Along, Angels In America) wrote the adaptation and will direct.
Oprah Winfrey and Carla Gardini executive produce through Harpo Films and Skloot is co-executive producer.
Henrietta Lacks’ sons David Lacks, Jr. and Zakariyya Rahman; her granddaughter Jeri Lacks; and her grandchildren Alfred Carter Jr. and LaTonya Carter are consultants on the project as well.
I remember reading this book the summer between my freshman and sophomore year and being brought to tears because this woman’s life changed medicine forever and at the same time her family was struggling to afford health insurance. Grappling with the idea of what happens to your body, what people can do when you die was haunting me for years. It’s about time this story gets the screen adaption it deserves and we couldn’t be happier that Renee, Oprah, and George get to tell the story.
No premiere date has been announced yet, but keep following Broadway Black for the latest updates.
Savion Glover & Shuffle Along Cast Show Out On Maya & Marty!
Tony Award-winning choreographer Savion Glover and the Broadway cast of Shuffle Along made an appearance on the premiere of NBC’s brand new variety show “Maya & Marty” starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Maya Rudolph and Tony winner Martin Short, in their first live televised performance.
With suitcases in hand and accompanied by no music, the ensemble cast of thirteen closed the premiere with the “Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle,” midway through joined by Glover, the musical’s choreographer.
The six-episode series, taped from Studio 6A in NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in front of a studio audience, features a set of comedy sketches, celebrity guests, musical numbers, and a spectacular onstage band led by Charlie Rosen.
Among the other guests of the May 31st premiere were “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson, Tom Hanks, Larry David, with a performance by Miley Cyrus.
Based on the original 1921 musical revue, this new ten-time Tony-nominated production, billed as Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, is directed by George C. Wolfe.
This adaptation stars Tony winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter, and focuses on the original composers’, Eubie Blake (played by Brandon Victor Dixon) and Noble Sissle (Joshua Henry), challenges in creating the production as well as their trials and tribulations in later years.
This year, Shuffle Along received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.
McDonald will take a maternity leave of absence at the end of July, and Rhiannon Giddens, in her first appearance on Broadway, will be her replacement in the role of Lottie Gee. Glover will also join the cast during Giddens’ run.
Glover recently appeared on NBC’s “Late Night: Seth Meyers.”
“Maya & Marty” is a spin-off of Rudolph’s original variety show pilot, “The Maya Rudolph Show” which aired in 2014, but wasn’t picked up for a series.
“Maya & Marty” airs Tuesdays at 10 PM ET on NBC.
For tickets to Shuffle Along.
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