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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 …

Disney’s timeless classic Beauty and the Beast gets a new live-action twist with a star-studded cast, including some theatre royalty. Six-time Tony Award winner and TV star, Audra McDonald appears as “Madame Garderobe,” alongside Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, …

After putting up his heels and ending his run as “Lola” in the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, YouTube star Todrick Hall heads back to Oz. Only this time, the yellow brick road stretches far beyond our imagination, easing on down (wait…wrong musical!) North America: “Oz …

Before picking up the accordion for his upcoming run in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, from the original cast of Hamilton, will host the third annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for New York City Public Schools. On Monday, March 13th at …

Right off the heels of the most exhausting* time to be woke for those of us blessed and basking in our best melanin lives–Black History Month–is March. March is Women’s History Month. And today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Now, what is International Women’s …

We’re getting close to theatre awards season, and London’s West End has kicked things off by announcing nominations for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, hosted at the Royal Albert Hall on April 9, 2017. Their premiere production of Dreamgirls, currently at the Savoy Theatre, has …

We can add producer and content curator to his already rapidly growing resume as Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter returns with a new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, due for an April 14th release. If you remember a few months ago, Broadway Black posted …

And before these twins get here, hip-hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter scored yet another deal securing Blue Ivy and Future Beyonce 1 & 2* coins and coins more abundantly. Billboard reports Jay-Z has joined Harvey Weinstein as co-producer to almost EGOT-er Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The …

Looks like someone else has gotten the Broadway bug bite. Actor and producer Nick Cannon revealed his big plans for the comedy improv show, Wild ‘n Out. From the small screen to the Great White Way, Cannon intends to take his show to new heights. The …

Rumor has it that our Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures might see the light of Broadway! In an interview with ITN, Janelle Monae, who plays Mary Jackson, let it slip that a Broadway musical might be a possibility. The movie itself hosts a great deal of musical …

Broadway Black History

Even though you might not be familiar with Linda Twine’s name, you definitely know her work. If you’ve heard the music from Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline Or Change, The Color Purple, or Big River (to name a few), then you’ve heard her in action. Twine is a …

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 …
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