Meet me in St. Louis! Seriously. This summer, Grammy Award-winner Michelle Williams, known for being 1/3 of Destiny’s Child, will return to the stage in a role she knows very well. She will star as Aida at The Muny, an outdoor musical amphitheatre in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. In 2003, the star made her Broadway debut in the title role of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Since that graceful entrance into the lights, Williams has found a home that she can always return to, having done so previously starring in The Color Purple, Chicago, & Fela!
The Muny‘s production of Aida will be directed by Matt Lenz and choreographed by John Rua with music direction by Andrew Graham. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced. However, Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson had this to say in a statement:
“We’re thrilled Michelle Williams will star as our Aida. It is one of the most iconic roles in contemporary musical theater, and I can’t wait to see her create her particular brand of musical magic on the Muny stage.”
The news was announced on IG by @RealMichelleW
The original Broadway production won four 2000 Tony Awards including Best Actress by Heather Headley, who originated the title role.
Recently Michelle has co-hosted ABC Television’s The View & been quite insightful on the reality show Fix My Choir on the Oxygen Network.
Watch Michelle Williams sing a small snippet of Easy as Life 13 years ago below and imagine how much of a slay she’ll be in the role today.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Returns to the Role of Billy Flynn in Chicago
Show me the money! Cuba Gooding Jr. (A Trip to Bountiful) returns to Broadway’s ‘Chicago.’
Oscar Winner and Broadway alumni, Cuba Gooding Jr., has returned to Broadway. Cuba has returned to ‘Chicago’ through February 10th. After a previous Broadway and West End run in the show, Cuba is back playing Billy Flynn. Now taking on the role for the third time, Cuba is back and better than Ever.
“This is the first time I’ve sang professionally, period. This is my first musical” Cuba said, “The hardest thing I’ve ever done physically is singing and dancing, eight shows a week, six days a week.”
The Oscar winner returned to the Ambassador Theatre on January 7th to do a month-long run in the show. He’d previously spent six weeks in the role in October of 2018 and before that he’d opened the show’s west end revival. Cuba is the latest in the line of stars to join the Broadway company of Chicago. Cuba is joining the likes of Todrick Hall, Tony Yazbeck, Usher Raymond, and Wayne Brady as one of the few stars to play Billy Flynn on Broadway. Cuba is ready to bring the “razzle dazzle” to the Ambassador Theatre, eight shows a week, and we’re prepared to see him hit his mark and take the stage.
EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Black Behind The Scenes Dreamgirls 35th Anniversary Concert
It’s been 35 years since The Dreamette’s “moved” their way into our hearts, and if you had the childhood I had, your home stereos. Which is why Broadway Black was more than thrilled to learn about the Dreamgirls 35th anniversary concert that would reunite its original stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Holliday. I mean thrilled, to the point I was trying to figure out how to not pay bills thrilled. On July 10th, the ladies performed at their one night only (Ha!), sold-out show in Hollywood, and they were even joined by some of our other favorite performers Frenchie Davis and Mary Wilson!
A night that was sure to be one for the books, it’s a shame that everyone in the world wasn’t able to witness it. However, this is Broadway Black and in true Broadway Black fashion our readers should know by now, WE GOT YOU. Check out an EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes look of the Dreamgirls 35th Anniversary Concert below, brought to you ONLY by Broadway Black.
If you still can’t get enough of Dreamgirls, remember it’s coming to London this fall (and hopefully Broadway after that!).