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Just one month after scoring a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album,” The Color Purple, which starred Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo, may get an Emmy as well. Announced on March 22nd, one of their live television performances received a Daytime Emmy …

Only days after launching the first national tour of Hamilton last week, producer Jeffrey Sellers announced that a second national tour will kick off in Seattle starting February 2018. After a six-week engagement, the tour will travel to Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Costa Mesa, California; Las Vegas, …

Billy Porter is back in the director’s chair! After a busy 2016, the Tony winner has reunited with the Huntington Theatre Company to bring Suzan-Lori Parks‘ Topdog/Underdog to the BU Theatre Stage. The play is as famous as the man calling the shots. With a Pulitzer Prize for …

Ars Nova has announced an international tour of their critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, Underground Railroad Game, created by and starring Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard. The tour will begin in Theater Der Welt in Hamburg, Germany, in June 2017, followed by a 3-week run in Washington, D.C., at Woolly …

The heat is on in Saigon as the Olivier and Tony-winning musical, featuring the epic onstage helicopter landing, returns to Broadway after a 16-year hiatus. Two decades ago, a visually stunning, tragic masterpiece graced London stages and then on Broadway in 2001. Written by Alain …

The classic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar will be produced at Chicago’s Paramount theater in its Broadway season finale. This 1970s musical explores the last seven days and the internal struggles of none other than Jesus Christ. The classic has been put on in 31 …

Theatre has a way of providing comfort and culture, this especially present in the Off-Broadway musical, The View Upstairs, by Invisible Walls Productions. The show explores comfort and refuge within a gay bar. And although the role and placement of gay bars have changed–some used solely …

Spamilton, the off-Broadway parody of the musical phenomenon Hamilton, released a cast album on DRG Records last week. The cast recording features original Spamilton cast members Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, …

The world premiere of Dolphins and Sharks, a new comedy by James Anthony Tyler that grapples with issues of income inequality, gentrification, and capitalism, began performances at the Bank Street Theater on February 9th, under the direction of Charlotte Brathwaite. Image: Monique Carboni/Max Millermaier Presented …

So, you can’t make it to London anytime soon? No worries! The West End production of the five-time Olivier nominated Dreamgirls has announced an April 14th release date for its original London cast recording. Sony Classical will release the highly-anticipated cast album in a stunning …

Broadway Black History

The success of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun sparked a number of changes in 1959. Hansberry became the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway and though the play took home four Tony Award nominations and was named best play …

Photo Credit: Martha Swope via NYPL Black theatre. A space of inspired creativity, performance art and social commentary on the lives of everyday people. As the curtains open and our stories unfold, we are transported to a place where our dreams and realities intermingle with song, …

Photo Credit: Lyn Hughes As Broadway prepares for the return of The Color Purple this fall, let’s look back at the history of this incredible American story and its impact over the years. The Color Purple is a novel written by Alice Walker. Born in …

Fans of actor, choreographer, dancer, painter, singer, and Tony Award-winning stage director and costume designer Geoffrey Holder will have a chance to learn more about this multifaceted talent in the upcoming retrospective, The Genius of Geoffrey Holder. The exhibition at New York Public Library for the Performing …

When Kyle Jean-Baptiste stepped on stage July 23rd he made history in a show that already has a very long history, Les Miserables. Not only did he become the youngest actor to play the role of Jean Valjean in a production produced by John Cameron …

Ed Bullins (Edward Bullins, Kingsley B. Bass, Jr.) is a revolutionary of words and actions. He cemented his place in the history of American theater through a series of timely pieces that rightfully reflect the social and political temperament of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. …
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