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Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka Announces Cast

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The world premiere of If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a MuhFucka written by Tori Sampson, who is making her New York City professional debut, and directed by Leah C. Gardiner has found its Off-Broadway cast.

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The all-Black cast, choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, begins performances February 15 and will run for a limited engagement until March 31, 2019, in the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036)

The cast features:

Rotimi Agbabiaka (Regional: Bootycandy; Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3) as Chorus,

Maechi Aharanwa (Off-Broadway: The Winter’s Tale, An Octoroon) as Ma,

Jason Bowen (Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong. Off-Broadway: My Mañana Comes) as Dad,

Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (Regional: Seven Guitars, The Model American) as Massassi,

Ian Duff (Off-Broadway: Dutch Masters) as Kasim,

Nike Uche Kadri (Off-Broadway: School Girls…, The Death of the Last BlackMan ) as Akim,

Mirirai Sithole (Off-Broadway: School Girls…, The Homecoming Queen) as Adama, and

Phumzile Sitole (TV: Orange Is the New Black, Elementary, The Good Fight ) as Kaya.

Sampson says “I wanted to use a folktale in a contemporary way to interrogate why, for instance, Viola Davis isn’t ‘classically beautiful’ and why the country had such a hard time aesthetically with Michelle Obama. The first time I saw her I was awestruck; this was a beautiful black woman whose hair is like mine; her skin is like mine; and to see the attributes of her that I really admired, to see the media tear them down really troubles me. I wanted to examine the impact of colonization on Black beauty, and to ask what is Black beauty, in a way that speaks specifically to Black women.”

The creative team includes Louisa Thompson (Scenic Designer), Dede M. Ayite (Costume Designer), Matt Frey (Lighting Designer), and Ian Scot (Original Music and Sound Designer), Alyssa K. Howard (Production Stage Manager), and Noah Silva (Assistant Stage Manager).

 

“Black is beauty, Black is me, Black is what I want to be.” A line from a poem that Brittney, my elder sister, wrote in elementary school. My mother was so proud she insisted that all her daughters recite the phrase as we left home and entered the world.

– Tori Sampson from Playwright’s Perspective: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

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Sydnee Winters returns to The Lion King on Broadway

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Sydnee Winters is back in the Shadowland at the Minskoff Theatre. Winters is returning to The Lion King in the role in which she made her Broadway debut. Taking over the role of Nala, from Adrienne Walker, who left the production to appear in the forthcoming Kiss Me, Kate revival.

Winters’ other Broadway credits include Pippin, Motown The Musical, and Hamilton. She’s back in the role after five years away from it. Having had this time to grow and have other experiences beyond the show, she’s back and she’s better! You can catch her on Broadway right now!

Included in the current cast is are Bradley Gibson as Simba, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi, Mikee Castillo and Demi Singleton as Young Nala, Kenneth Aikens and Joshua Dubose as Young Simba,

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Noah J. Ricketts Takes Over The Role of Kristoff in Frozen On Broadway

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The Disney movie turned Broadway musical Frozen welcomes ensemble cast member Noah J. Ricketts into the role of Kristoff. Having understudied the role, he will now take over full-time after Jelani Alladin who originated the role.

He will begin performances Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Ricketts also currently understudies the role of Pabbie. He joined the cast of Frozen directly from the Broadway and touring productions of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Favorite regional credits include Terk, Tarzan® (WWT); C.C., Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre); Jacob, La Cage (Summer Lyric); Hello, Dolly! (St. Louis MUNY); Macbeth (IAA Shakespeare Festival). A proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM)

Check out the video below of Noah singing his heart out with “Corner of the Sky” from the musical Pippin

 

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WE DID IT. ❄️ @frozenbroadway

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