Community Calendar October 10 - October 15

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/10/2019, 10 a.m.
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"Hitsville: The Making of Motown"

Greetings! GBE Black Arts Month 2019 announces “The Color Purple” Tony winner Cynthia Erivo will play the late music icon Aretha Franklin in Nat Geo’s anthology series “Genius: Aretha,” which will begin filming in November. The series from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios comes after Genius’ productions on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso and will premiere in spring 2020 on National Geographic channels in 172 countries. The limited series will feature performances of Franklin hits by both the late artist and Erivo.

Another Franklin project directed by Tony nominee and Obie award winner, South African, Liesl Tommy, premieres Aug. 14, 2020. The biopic, “Respect” stars personal choice of the Queen of Soul, Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson, who also appeared in “The Color Purple” with Erivo. Erivo also stars as iconic freedom liberator Harriet Tubman in movie theatres, November 2019.

THEATER

“For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work in American theatre returns to the Public Theater for the first time since its 1976 pre Broadway smash run. The late legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange tells the brilliant stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and humor, each woman voices her survival story in a world shaped by sexism and racism. Directed by Leah C Gardener; choreographed by Camille A Brown. Running now through Nov 17 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St (at Astor Place), Manhattan. For more information, call 212-967.7555 or visit: www.publictheater.org

“Porgy & Bess,” one of America’s favorite operas, returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production, which premiered in London in 2018, transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, with the vibrant music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, for more information, visit: www.metopera.org/season/tickets/

“To Kill A Mockingbird” the classic Pulitzer book by Harper Lee which became a classic movie, now onstage at the Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th St, Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: Ticketmaster.com

“Hadestown—Where a Song Can Change Your Fate” from the pen of Anaïs Mitchell, winner 8 Tony Awards, Tony winner Andre De Shields, Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit: walterkerrtheatre.com

“The Lion King.” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit: minskofftheatre.box-officetickets.com

“Kinky Boots the Musical.” Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St, Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: www.kinkybootsthemsuical.com

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For more information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com

MUSIC

Don’t miss an electrifying evening of Classic Motown with smooth-stepping moves and elegant harmonies from two of the music’s most legendary super groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops on Oct.12 at NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, 07102 NJ. For more information, visit www.NJPAC.org

Ladies Night Out with live performances by Ginuwine & Donell Jones alongside Funk Flex hosted by Fred “Bugsy” Bugs Fri., Oct. 18. Happening at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster or visit the Apollo box office, doors open 7 pm show time 8 pm!