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What happens when two queens meet? Can the world truly handle all of their queendoms once together? Does the world suddenly explode? The answers to these questions–TBD. But when Audra McDonald met Beyoncé at the Beauty and The Beast premiere last weekend, the Broadway star proved she’s …
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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 …

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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 …

Earlier this week, Misty Copeland made history when she was promoted to principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to hold this position.  Copeland’s new role begins on August 1, and there was much speculation that she would be …

Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!) has entertained and inspired countless audience members over her 65 year career, including writer and director Arthur Laurents (West Side Story, Gypsy, La Cage Aux Folles). Laurents had the opportunity to work with Ms. Uggams in Hallelujah, Baby! …

  For me, there is nothing more important than a lesson in history.  Over the last few years when we thought of an African American ballerina, it was Misty Copeland.  Never once did I stop to ponder those that have come before her. Now I …

This summer marks the 72nd anniversary of the iconic film, Stormy Weather, starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Fats Waller and Cab Calloway. Named for the 1933 song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, the story follows Bill Williamson (Robinson), a soldier coming home from war …

These days all the buzz about Raven-Symoné tends to be be more about her personal opinions. From her comments on her race (“I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American”) to her opinion when a reporter said Michelle Obama looked like a monkey (“I …
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