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You know, we have a lot of reasons to be thankful by way of London. Afternoon tea. Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of The Color Purple. Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo. And now, an immersive Off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. Wait, it gets better. The Barrow …

In the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency and in honor of his and First Lady Michelle Obama’s involvement and love for the Broadway community, Broadway Black looks back on the First Family’s top eight moments dedicated to the theatre: 1) The Birth of Hamilton …

He’s just nonstop! In addition to the Broadway and Chicago production, Hamilton will take its first national touring company out on the road, with performances starting on March 10 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre for 21 weeks, prior to a 21-week run in Los Angeles. …

Photo courtesy The Pasadena Playhouse Almost a year after strutting the Al-Hirschfeld stage in knee-highs in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Emmy-winner Wayne Brady will take on the role of Aaron Burr. In the sit-down Chicago production of Hamilton he replaces Joshua Henry, who leads the first national …

Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater Five years ago today, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess revival starring six-time Tony Winner Audra McDonald and Tony Nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier opened on Broadway. Directed by Tony Winner Diane Paulus, the book got …

Novelists seem infatuated by the Jazz Age. Whether it’s “Lost Generation” authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises) and Virginia Woolf (Mrs Dalloway), or …

The streets of 45th may no longer be paved in gold, but the we continue to see full-blown streaks of the silver lining in life post Shuffle Along. Tony nominated Brandon Victor Dixon, who is currently starring as Aaron Burr in the Broadway production of Hamilton, …

Part of the deal he struck with HBO last year to produce all ten of August Wilson Century Cycle plays, Oscar and Tony Winner Denzel Washington is bringing Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom –the second installment — to the screen. Fences was the first of Wilson’s …

Awards season has arrived, and several Black-led films and television shows have picked up nominations for the upcoming 2017 Golden Globes. Moonlight, which has scored multiple wins and nominations this season, such as the Critics’ Choice Awards and AFI Awards, earned six nominations, including Best …

B.A.C.’s The Invitation is back and this month the discussion centers around the recent political climate that has been altered to new heights due to the recent election. If your heart is in the place of needing healing this is the event you want to …

Broadway Black History

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)

February 6, 2003- The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opened with Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton. The revival had a bumpy preview period in which three actors were replaced, an actor suffered a burst blood vessel in his leg, …
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