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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 …

Featured Image: Martin Luther King Kr. attends Broadway Answers Selma w/ Sammy Davis Jr. via Getty Images The man we celebrate today came from holy beginnings. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is laced with hymns and praises and he is lauded as the leader of …

In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Council set their sights on Selma, AL as the stomping ground for voter registration reform. Twenty-four years later, Selma The Musical took the stage at New Federal Theater to tell the story of the …

Back in 2015 we posted a What If: What’s Love Go To Do With It The Musical and in early 2016 there was  rumor that a Tina Turner musical was supposedly in the works, and would premiere in London late 2016 or early 2017. Well, …

Nothing ever happened underground in Louisiana. As part of A Celebration of Tony Kushner, Washington DC’s Roundhouse Theater is taking us underground to 1963 Lake Charles, LA with its production of Caroline, Or Change, running January 25- February 26 and featuring Helen Hayes Award-winning Nova Y. …

The power of a ruthless dragging! As previously reported, Dreamgirls and The Color Purple star Jennifer Holliday had confirmed that she’d perform at the Presidential Inauguration “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” of The Color Orange on January 19th, claiming to do it “for the people.” …

We’re only two weeks into the new year, and 2017 has taken another victim. Only five days after ending her long-awaited Broadway comeback in the revival of The Color Purple, “Ally McBeal” guest star Jennifer Holliday confirmed that she’d perform at Herr Woolly Bear Caterpillar’s …

Broadway Black History

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 …

While Condola Rashad is gearing up to set fire to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the Broadway revival of Romeo & Juliet, her predecessor Regina Taylor is preparing to light a fire of her own at the Signature Theatre. Golden Globe Award winning actor and …

Did you know that August Wilson was a poet? Even though his plays are poetry within themselves, this poem is something serious. We listen to it everyday. The way he intertwines his words and makes them weave is incomparable. I hope it does for you …

The first known African American theater was established in 1821 in New York, by Willam Henry Brown. It was called the African Grove (sometimes also known as the African Company) and it provided a place for the first black theater troupe to perform.

Can you believe it was only in 2004 that the first african american actress won the Tony for Best Actress in a play?! That actress would be Phylicia Rashad for her portrayal as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Rashad completed a journey …

For one minute at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2005, the marquee lights all around Broadway dimmed in a mark of respect for August Wilson who passed away at 60 years old of liver cancer. (He died on October 2, 2005)
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