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In today’s latest “we didn’t know we needed this until now” news, Variety has reported that recent Golden Globe-winner Donald Glover will lead the upcoming live-action Disney remake of The Lion King, directed by John Favreau, as Simba. Additionally joining him is original Mufasa himself, …

Featured Image: Emilio Madrid-Kuser We’re shook! Following a nearly two-year run as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Broadway smash Hamilton, Okieriete Onaodowan will replace current star Josh Groban as the title character of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 beginning July …

There’s always a silver lining, right? After this whirlwind of the past few days with the Inauguration of an unqualified reality star to lead our country, millions of women marching around the world for equal rights, white people making up a new name for lying …

Viola Davis has no intention of slowing down, ever. After picking up her Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences on Sunday, Deadline reported she is set to star in the film adaption, alongside Julia Roberts, of Jodi Picoult’s New …

Featured Image: Brinkhoff Mögenburg According to the New York Post, the current West End production of Dreamgirls, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, Something Rotten), could head to the Great White Way. Reports say that West End producer Sonia Friedman intends to bring …

Featured Image: Netflix “If you were interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else,” an ominous narrator warns his audience in the opening of the new Netflix show “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” starring Emmy winner Alfre Woodard and …

Featured Image: LA Theatre Works As I write, my calendar reads January 19th, 2017. A seemingly irreverent date to those outside these United States and, unfortunately, to some within. On January 19th, 2017 we celebrated as Jitney, the last of August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle, …

Alex Newell played “Mary” in a one night only concert of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, produced by Torya Beard, Morgan James, and Richard Amelius, Monday, at Highline Ballroon at 8:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM). Illuminating the transcendent power of the human …

Featured Image: James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann Wish granted! After performing in his Tony-winning role of Genie in Broadway’s Aladdin for almost three years, James Monroe Iglehart will join the Broadway cast of Hamilton in mid-April, as announced by producer …

Watch & Live Tweet with us the 2nd Annual #MLKNow event. Follow us on IG/Twitter/Facebook! @BroadwayBlack Join us today for 2nd Annual #MLKNow celebration for #MLKDay! Watch the livestream on BroadwayBlack.com 2pm EST A photo posted by Broadway Black (@broadwayblack) on Jan 16, 2017 at …

Broadway Black History

June 5th marks the 75th anniversary of the American Negro Theatre (ANT). Founded in 1940 by Abram Hill, Frederick O’Neal, and other artists in Harlem, ANT was formed to provide work for Black theater professionals in a time where there was little work or recognition …

J. Rosamond Johnson and Bob Cole are two names that are, sadly, not as talked about in most theater history classes, but their contribution to the Broadway stage is invaluable. Both were multi-hyphenate artists whose impact in arts and activism still resonates today. With more …

Shuffle Along is one of the most important shows in Broadway Black history. As one of the first all-Black Broadway musical hits that was also written by Blacks, Shuffle Along significantly altered the face of the Broadway musical, as well as that of New York …

The Wilma Theater in Center City Philadelphia presented a notable run of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from March 25, 2015 – May 2, 2015. British-African actress Zainab Jah is the first Black woman on record having ever played the conflicted Prince of Denmark, making history in the theater …

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Keep your eyes glued to @BroadwayBlack for the rest of the day as we honor #LorraineHansberry and her CLASSIC play #ARaisinInTheSun. — Broadway Black (@BroadwayBlack) March 11, 2015 On this day in #BroadwayBlackHistory, in 1959 — Lorraine Hansberry’s classic #ARaisinInTheSun …

The first African American to perform the role of Othello was Ira Aldridge in the 1820’s. Aldridge was born in New York City in 1807. When he was still in his teens, he immigrated to England in the early because he knew that his acting …
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