Community Calendar: 6/16 - 6/22
Greetings! June as always is GBE Black Music Month, and now it is African-American Music Appreciation Month 2016 by proclamation of President Barack Obama. We also celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
The Juneteenth holiday is Friday, June 19, commemorating the official end of slavery in 1865. Slaves in Texas had not received word that they were free until two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. For more information, see COMMUNITY in our column below and visit:juneteenth.com.
“Shuffle Along,” now on Broadway starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, is a musical revival of the 1921 sensation featuring the show’s original music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, with choreography by Savion Glover, Music Box Theatre, 238 W. 45 St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit shufflealongbroadway.com.
“Turn Me Loose,” a new comedic drama by Gretchen Law tells the story of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. At the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., until July 3. Starring Tony Award nominee, Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Joe Morton, best known for his portrayal of Rowan Pope on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal,” as Dick Gregory. The play also features an original song by John Legend. Tickets are on sale via www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.TurnMeLoosePlay.com.
“Eclipsed,” written by Zimbabwean playwright and actress Danai Gurira, directed by South African Liesl Tommy, featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia, Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For tickets and information Visit: EclipsedBroadway.com.
“The Color Purple,” a Tony Award winner, now on Broadway. Featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.
“Hamilton: An American Musical,” the multiple Tony Award winner, continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.
National MS Society Musical Moments for MS presents Aretha Franklin, Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit ww.njpac.org.
“Bad/Dangerous/Invincible: Michael Jackson’s Epic Years,” Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m., World Famous Apollo Theatre, 253 West 125th St., New York, N.Y. Mark Anthony Neal, author and Duke University professor of Black Popular Culture, will take us behind the music for a look at Michael Jackson’s impact on music, culture and entertainment and his evolution in becoming one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Admission is free. RSVP Required. Once you’ve registered online, you receive an email confirmation. You must print out your email confirmation and bring it with you the evening of the event. Note: Entry is not guaranteed. For information, call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.
Earth, Wind & Fire, Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, N.J. For information, call 732-224-8778 or visit countbasietheatre.org or ticketmaster.com.