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Strike Up The Band: Broadway Black Comes To Spotify

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We here at Broadway Black, where all things Black theatre related come to groove, have created our own Spotify playlist with over 35 hours of Black musical theatre hits (and misses) for your listening pleasure! We’ll be adding to this main list and creating our shorter list(s) for moods and moments as time goes by. We know you’ll dig our selections!

Check the playlist out, and let us know what you think! Be sure to follow us on Spotify and don’t forget to click shuffle!

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Bebe Winans Musical Born For This Releases Music Video Starring Donald Webber Jr.

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Donald Webber Jr.

The BeBe Winans’ Broadway Bound musical Born For This, dropped a music video of the title song today. Donald Webber, Jr. (Hamilton, Whirl Inside A Loop, Motown), who is set to star as Winans in the Broadway Bound musical sings down as he affirms himself that is he prepared for greatness! The visual also features a cameo from Winans himself.

The release of this music video is right on the heels of a concert version of the musical that was presented in November in NYC at the celebrated cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below and featured guest appearances by members of the cast, Stephanie Mills and BeBe Winans.

Donald Webber, Jr. is currently starring as Aaron Burr opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in a historic, 3-week engagement of HAMILTON in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the musical has already raised $15 million for the recovery effort on the island, still reeling from the after-effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

A Broadway theatre and dates for Born For This are to be announced at a later time.

 

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Billy Porter Sings His Heart Out In One Take With “Love The Pain Away”

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Tony and Grammy Award-winning, Billy Porter, released a new live music video recently! The Kinky Boots star and Broadway legend recorded a live version of his original song “Love the Pain away” as a part of Michael Korte’s One Take series. Now known as a Golden Globe nominee for his performance in FX’s ‘Pose,’ Porter wrote the song after the Columbine massacre.

The One Take series captures musical performances in a single take. In this performance, the uplifting number is backed by The Sanctuary Band and vocalists Lencia Kebede, India Carney, and Eric Lyn. This SANGIN’ group of vocalists give a chilling and beautiful performance of the song.

Porter built his career in the theatre and is known for his work in musicals Kinky BootsShuffle Along, and Grease. However, he is no stranger to the music industry. He has four full albums available for streaming now on all music streaming platforms; spanning from classic Rodger and Hammerstein to his original music.

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