Greetings! We give honor, respect and condolences to the family, friends, fans and memory of the late, legendary heavyweight boxing champion, "Smokin" Joe Frazier, who died at 67 after a battle with liver cancer.
- Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in the Broadway debut of "The Mountaintop," Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning drama, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon ("Fences," "A Raisin in the Sun"). Featuring original music by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.
- Woody King Jr's New Federal Theatre presents "Puberty Rites," a coming-of-age drama bonding two girls to American history at the beginning of the 21st century. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. At the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. For more information, call (212) 353-1178 or visit www.newfederal.org.
- "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation," by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com or mamafoundation.org.
- The National Black Theatre, founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, is holding its fourth annual Teer Spirit Awards Sat., Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at 2033 5th Ave. between 125th and 126th streets. The evening will feature a special musical tribute to Nick Ashford by Alfa and Tinker accompanied by the National Black Theatre's House Band. The awards will honor Doug E. Fresh, Jackie Jeffries, Claudette Faison, Sabrina Sadler, Howard Dodson, Robin Bell Stevens, Gil Noble and George Faison. For more information, call (212) 722-3800 or visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org.
- Changing Perceptions Theater presents "Homage 3: Illmatic," written by Shaun Neblett aka MC SNEB and directed by Patricia McGregor. "Illmatic" is a tribute to the rapper Nas' classic album of the same name and is a coming-to-being story of an artist who must evolve or disappear. On Thurs., Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. will be a post-show talkback. Opening night is Fri., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the play will run through Nov 19 at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For more information, call (212) 868-4444. Group sales are also available by calling (646) 410-0246 or visiting www.smarttix.com.
Music: Holiday Previews
- Mary J. Blige-the "My Life" tour comes Nov. 23 to Terminal 5, located at 610 W. 56th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
- This December, the Apollo Theater, 253 W.125th St. in Harlem, presents a series of holiday programs celebrating family, culture and community. Highlights include "The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow"; the ever-soulful Grammy award winner Anthony Hamilton; "Ballet Hispanico," featuring live music by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and "Kwanzaa Celebration Regeneration Night," featuring renowned dance company Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. For tickets, call the Apollo at (212) 531-5305 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Family packs are also available; for more information, visit www.Apollo theatre.org.