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Todrick Hall Rocks On New MTV Show

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Todrick Hall (The Color Purple)  has moved from YouTube to MTV!  The former American Idol contestant’s self-titled eight-part show debuted Monday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. EST, ahead of the series premiere of the weekly talk show, “Girl Code Live.”

Hall’s docu-series is a behind the scenes look at his “creative factory” and introduces viewers to the passionate troupe of creative collaborators and individuals who pour their hearts and souls into his weekly videos.

But just because Toddy has made his way to the small screen, it doesn’t mean he will be leaving YouTube anytime soon. “I really don’t want to come off YouTube,” Hall explained to reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, clarifying how doing so would “make me lose my street cred.” The former Idol contestant said that he brands himself as a YouTuber, and so his fans need to see him on the digital video platform. Hall said MTV has been “so awesome” and very understanding of his need to stay digital, and the performer hopes his digital life can intertwine with whatever other projects he works on in TV in the future (which he is actively trying to pursue).

Todrick Hall was a semi-finalist on Season 9 of American Idol and has appeared on Broadway as part of the ensemble of the Tony-winning hit musical Memphis. Hall was also seen on Broadway in The Color Purple (in which Hall appeared in the ensemble and was an understudy for the role of Harpo), alongside American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. In addition to his acting, Hall is a playwright, director and choreographer. He wrote and staged OZ, the musical, an updated version of The Wizard of Oz that played around the country.

Watch the first episode of the series here and catch him every Monday night on MTV!

If you haven’t checked out Todrick’s YouTube channel yet, stop what you are doing and check it out right now. Need to get inspired? Here is one of my many favorite videos that Todrick has done that made me fall in LOVE.

Also watch his show every Monday night on MTV!

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Renee Elise Goldsberry Cast In HBOs “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

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Work, Work!

Tony Award winner Renee Elise Goldsberry, who recently announced her departure from Hamilton this fall to film and star in new Netflix series Altered Carbon, is staying #booked. The actress was just cast in the title role to star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Goldsberry will play Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (played by Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

Based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2011 best-seller, veteran and favorite Broadway Black director-producer George C. Wolfe (Shuffle AlongAngels In America) wrote the adaptation and will direct.

Oprah Winfrey and Carla Gardini executive produce through Harpo Films and Skloot is co-executive producer.

Henrietta Lacks’ sons David Lacks, Jr. and Zakariyya Rahman; her granddaughter Jeri Lacks; and her grandchildren Alfred Carter Jr. and LaTonya Carter are consultants on the project as well.

I remember reading this book the summer between my freshman and sophomore year and being brought to tears because this woman’s life changed medicine forever and at the same time her family was struggling to afford health insurance. Grappling with the idea of what happens to your body, what people can do when you die was haunting me for years. It’s about time this story gets the screen adaption it deserves and we couldn’t be happier that Renee, Oprah, and George get to tell the story.

No premiere date has been announced yet, but keep following Broadway Black for the latest updates.

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Savion Glover & Shuffle Along Cast Show Out On Maya & Marty!

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Tony Award-winning choreographer Savion Glover and the Broadway cast of Shuffle Along made an appearance on the premiere of NBC’s brand new variety show “Maya & Marty” starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Maya Rudolph and Tony winner Martin Short, in their first live televised performance.

With suitcases in hand and accompanied by no music, the ensemble cast of thirteen closed the premiere with the “Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle,” midway through joined by Glover, the musical’s choreographer.

The six-episode series, taped from Studio 6A in NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in front of a studio audience, features a set of comedy sketches, celebrity guests, musical numbers, and a spectacular onstage band led by Charlie Rosen.

Among the other guests of the May 31st premiere were “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson, Tom Hanks, Larry David, with a performance by Miley Cyrus.

Based on the original 1921 musical revue, this new ten-time Tony-nominated production, billed as Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, is directed by George C. Wolfe.

This adaptation stars Tony winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter, and focuses on the original composers’, Eubie Blake (played by Brandon Victor Dixon) and Noble Sissle (Joshua Henry), challenges in creating the production as well as their trials and tribulations in later years.

This year, Shuffle Along received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

McDonald will take a maternity leave of absence at the end of July, and Rhiannon Giddens, in her first appearance on Broadway, will be her replacement in the role of Lottie Gee. Glover will also join the cast during Giddens’ run.

Glover recently appeared on NBC’s “Late Night: Seth Meyers.”

“Maya & Marty” is a spin-off of Rudolph’s original variety show pilot, “The Maya Rudolph Show” which aired in 2014, but wasn’t picked up for a series.

“Maya & Marty” airs Tuesdays at 10 PM ET on NBC.

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