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The Tonys Were Amazing…But Did You See AUDRA?!

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Last night’s Tony Award ceremony was filled with incredible performances from some of our favorite Broadway musicals. Including the cast of Hamilton, who gave us three incredible performances throughout the show and Cynthia Erivo, Heather Headley, Danielle Brooks and the cast of The Color Purple who brought down the house to a standing ovation (as per usual)! But one of the most jaw dropping performances was that of Queen Audra McDonald who gave us pregnancy perfected during her performance with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Joshua Henry, Amber Iman and Tony Nominees- Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren and the incredible cast of Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed!

So let’s talk about it. Audra, what are you? Like, 4? 5 months pregnant (this is pure speculation from the mothers on our staff)?! How are you going to come out on stage and completely put all of us other working moms to shame?! HOW. It’s bad enough you look as good as you do in those costumes in your current state, but then you sing AND tap? AT THE SAME TIME?! The other dancers on stage were PHENOMENAL! The tapping was infectious, but then six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald thought, ” Why don’t I take it up a notch and serve the children with a high kick?”. A HIGH KICK AUDRA?! REALLY?! The sad part is that we know she probably didn’t actually think about it. She just went out, did her job and coincidentally threw in a kick high enough to reach the Broadway gods thereby giving us, yet again, one of the most epic Tony Award moments in history- easily surpassing the infamous “Mic Drop of 2013”!

 

We have compiled some of our favorite fan reactions to Audra serving us life everlasting last night on the Tonys. Enjoy!

#alwaysslaying #audraforthewin #legUP #pregnant #tonyawards2016

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You can’t outdo black people!!

 

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@audramcdonald BOW TO THE QUEEN *mic drop* A video posted by @christiandante on

Catch the history making show, Shuffle Along, and see Audra before she goes on maternity leave!

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It’s A Snoopsical! Snoop Dogg Joined by Tamar Braxton for Redemption of A Dogg Musical Stageplay

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Yes, You read that right. Snoop Dogg will make his theatrical debut in a new stage play titled Redemption of a Dogg also starring R&B superstar Tamar Braxton. Teaming up with the same producer who brought us Set It Off Live!Je’Caryous Johnson, the play will begin touring in October starting in Houston, TX.

Johnson also serves as writer and director for the production, described as the chronicles of  “a character built around the persona of Snoop Dogg – a multi-faceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God.”

The stage play is said to ‘examine the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family.”

“Redemption of a Dogg is set against a backdrop of Snoop Dogg’s greatest hits, as well as, songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, Bible Of Love.” according to the press release.

 “Please believe you’ve never seen urban theatre like this! With my flavor and his (Je’Caryous Johnson) expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it!”  — Snoop Dogg

 

FALL 2018 REDEMPTION OF A DOGG TOUR DATES:

October 5-7                          Houston, TX                    Hobby Center

October 11                           Newark, NJ                     NJPAC

October 12-13                      Philadelphia, PA             Tower Theater

October 14                           Brooklyn, NY                  Kings Theatre

October 19                           St. Louis, MO                  Stifel Theatre

October 20-21                      Chicago, IL                     Arie Crown

October 25-27                      Detroit, MI                      Music Hall

October 28                           Cleveland, OH                 KeyBank State Theatre

November 2                         Atlanta, GA                      Fox Theatre

November 8                         Norfolk, VA                       Chrysler Hall

November 9-11                    Washington, DC               Warner Theatre

November 16                       Los Angeles, CA                Microsoft Theater

November 17                       Long Beach, CA                  Terrace Theater

November 18                       Oakland, CA                       Paramount Theatre

*Dates Subject to Change Without Notice and More Cities To Be Added

For more info go to www.jecaryous.com

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Award Season '18

Tony! Toni! Toné! Awards 2018 Presenters and Performances

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It’s time Y’all, for the 2018 Tony Awards. This Sunday. Go to church. Grab a plate from your grandma or play-cousins house and get comfy!

Some of the performances we are looking ready for include the wig snatch that is Caissie Levy! Bruce Springsteen, who is also going to rock the stage! EVERYTHING that is Once On This Island! While we too are secretly hoping for that Yolanda Adams bop from Spongebob The Musical to be performed, we know whatever Tina Landau and her aquatic squad bring to the Radio City Stage is sure to help us get through the inevitable Tony recovery week that looms head on Monday.

 

New musicals nominated include: “The Bands Visit,” “Mean Girls,” “Frozen,” and “Spongebob Squarepants The Musical,” each nominated for Best New Musical. Adding to that list,  “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” which brings along two performance nominations.

 

This season of musical revivals includes “Carousel”, “Once On This Island”, and “My Fair Lady”. 

Once on This Island
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Plays nominated this season, new and revived, include: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, “The Children”, “Farinelli And The King”, “Junk”, “Latin History for Morons, Angels In America”, “Three Tall Women”, “The Iceman Cometh”, “Lobby Hero”, “Travesties”, and Saint Joan’s Condola Rashad.

 

Some of the presenters include Bernadette Peters, Brandon Victor DixonKerry Washington, Titus Burgess, and Viola Davis (not really. But if we say her name in the mirror three times, she’ll appear right?)

 Who else is set to appear? Glad you asked. You’ll see the familiar faces of Uzo Aduba, Leslie Odom Jr., James Monroe Iglehart, Christopher Jackson, and more!

So tune in to CBS June 10th, Sunday at 8 pm eastern time to catch all the fantastic performances and see who gets to turn from Tony Award Nominee to Tony Award winner!

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