“I write the black experience in America, and contained within that experience, because it is a human experience, are all the universalities.” -- August Wilson Whether it be Jennifer Holliday belting out “And I am Telling You”, from her Tony Award winning performance in Dreamgirls ...
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“A Kim Kardashian of another era returns in Suzan-Lori Park’s ‘Venus,’” – New York Times On Tuesday, The New York Times received serious criticism for their choice to run an article about the play Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks, comparing the life of Saartjie Baartman, a …
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A few weeks back we shared a snippet of Amber Riley singing a cover of Beyonce's 1+1.  Now the full version of that video has arrived and is sure to take your breath away. For those unaware of Amber Riley, she starred as Mercedes Jones, the ...
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comet

On a gloomy day more characteristic of February than May, the Russian Samovar served as the perfect venue for a sit-down with Tony and Drama League nominee Denée Benton, to discuss her role in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. We’re also joined by her soon-to-be co-star Okieriete …
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A true titan of the theatre will take the stage with an exceptional cast for Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) plays Titania, Queen of the Fairies in one of the bard’s most twisting …
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Playwright, educator, opera singer, and Queen, Mfoniso Udofia has two plays running at New York Theatre Workshop. *pause* TWO PLAYS. In the SAME season!?!? *ends congratulatory gasp* Sojourners and Her Portmanteau are performed in repertory, as two chapters of Udofia’s sweeping, nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle.  Admittedly, before ...
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billy porter

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darnell

Our fathers, when they’ve seen all they care to see of this world, find solace in their doing better for their children than their fathers did for them, and the children are running laps inside a fence, figuring out how to hold them accountable for …
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Last winter, we reported on Sojourners by playwright Mfoniso Udofia, a new play about a Nigerian family who has come to America with the goal of earning a college education, starting a family, and returning to Nigeria. But not without the twists and turns that …
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raisin

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959 and later received two staged revivals in 2004 and 2014. Raisin, the musical adaptation of the play, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1974, but ask yourself the last time you’ve …
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drama league

Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson will host the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards. What a perfect selection, it’s almost like we came up with it! All jokes aside, we’re in the middle of awards season and anticipation runs high as we celebrate the work …
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tony nominations

At last! Tony Awards season has arrived, and Broadway Black is thrilled to congratulate several leads and new legends for their nominations! Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski and past Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson announced nominations in 24 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s …
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hnath

Part of the magic of live theatre is the suspension of reality achieved by sitting in a dark room with strangers as you’re transported to another world. You’re relieved of clearing your work email. You’re unchained from the claws of Sallie Mae. Your anxiety rests. …
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jazmine sullivan

We recently caught up with Jazmine Sullivan at The HeLa Project, a multimedia exhibition inspired by the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Like the rest of us, Jazmine is in awe of the under-told story of Henrietta Lacks and her instrumental role …
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pharrell williams atlantis

The day has finally come! Pharrell Williams is making a musical! Fox Studios recently bought the rights to the upcoming film, entitled Atlantis. The movie will tell the story of Pharrell’s upbringing in Virginia Beach and, of course, there will be music! Atlantis will be Williams’ second …
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