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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 …

Opening Act, which for more than a decade has provided free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, announced today that Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), and Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist), have joined the cast of Opening Act’s …

New York City, center of the universe and smorgasbord of culture, is unsurprisingly revered as the ultimate city of immigrants. Each year, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs commemorates the diversity in our roots through Immigrant Heritage Week. With a theme of …

Earlier this week, producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold announced that the Michael Arden-directed Broadway revival of Once On This Island will begin performances November 9, with an official December 3 opening. A theatre has not been announced. Camille A. Brown, a Broadway Black favorite, also …
hello, dolly!

A few weeks ago, previews began for the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! over at the Shubert Theatre. Midler last appeared on Broadway in her hilarious one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last at the Booth three years ago, and Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, …

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season has some new and exciting works from creators such as Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket of A Series of Unfortunate Events), Dominique Morisseau, Nilaja Sun, and Lillian Hellman. Most importantly, the 2017-18 line-up will bring forth a look at the …

Cynthia Erivo, Queen Regnant of Broadway, Snatcher of Wigs has slain us again! Erivo took the stage at Broadway Backwards, an annual concert that brings Broadway’s stars together for a night of gender-bending performances, in solidarity with LGBT community. At this year’s concert, Erivo ended the evening with a gospel-infused …
Marisha Wallace

Marisha Wallace, currently the alternate Effie in Dreamgirls in London, will star as Celie in a new one-night-only concert performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall, May 21st at 6:00 P.M. The concert staging will raise funds for the British …
phylicia rashad

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that stage, film and television star Phylicia Rashad will direct the company’s Chicago premiere of The Roommate, starring Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez, as part of their 2017-2018 season. Performances begin June 21, 2018, and end August 21, 2018. Rashad, perhaps best-known for her …
henrietta lacks

Broadway’s greats have gathered to bring the legacy of Henrietta Lacks to HBO. Her life began in 1920 in Roanoke, VA, but her legacy lives on today. In January of 1951, she received a  diagnosis of cervical cancer, which would be one of the important moments in …

Broadway Black History

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. …

July 5, 2015 is a rather important day in Broadway history; after 4,308 performances, Alton Fitzgerald White took his final curtain call as the iconic character Mufasa, in The Lion King. Alton Fitzgerald White (Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Smokey Joe’s Café, Ragtime, The Color Purple) first …
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