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Linda Armstrong

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‘Reparations’ demonstrates the theft of innocence

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has always proven itself to be a treasured, pull-no-punches company which presents theater about the Black experience that teaches the audience something and enriches our lives.

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‘Tina’ is a solid hit!

“Tina” is a solid hit! Writer Katori Hall, with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, has created a musical theater masterpiece. Adrienne Warren is a singing POWERHOUSE.

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2nd Annual Black Theater Preview: spectacular at the Schomburg!

The 2nd Annual Black Theater Fall Preview, sponsored by Walk Tall Girl Productions, AUDELCO and Project1Voice, was an immense occasion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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A talk with the two Mufasas of Broadway’s ‘Lion King’

Disney’s “The Lion King” is celebrating over two decades on the Great White Way! The musical’s lead character of Mufasa has been mainly played by Alton Fitzgerald White for the majority of the 20 years and has been taken over since July 10, 2017, by its current Mufasa, L. Steven Taylor.

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ComicCon 2019: The best as always!

Every year my two daughters and I look ridiculously forward to New York ComicCon, and New York ComicCon 2019 was absolutely phenomenal at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue by 34th Street.

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Keith Hamilton Cobb discusses ‘American Moor’

Recently I sat down with Keith Hamilton Cobb and we talked about his career and “American Moor.”

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‘The Great Society’ sets new theater standard

“The Great Society” is a theatrical triumph! Written by Robert Schenkkan, and playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, it has a captivating, historical story that shows us all the conflicts that went on with President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) during his administration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ improv at its best

Have you ever been to a Broadway show where your participation influenced the flow of the evening?

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Lilli Cooper talks ‘Tootsie’

Lilli Cooper is an amazing talent, and is magnificent in Tootsie as Julie Nichols. Her extraordinary performance garnered her a 2019 Tony nomination.

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‘American Moor’—an affirmation of classical talent

Keith Hamilton Cobb has created and stars in a brilliant, thought provoking play called “American Moor” playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre at 38 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village.

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‘Betrayal’ is interesting on Broadway!

The complexity of human relationships is the focus in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th Street.

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“Moulin Rouge” is a B’way phenomenon

“Moulin Rouge” is a wildly fabulous, sexy, seductive, funny love story! “Moulin Rouge” is an attitude, a way of life! Before the show officially starts the audience is submerged into this very imaginative.

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“Sweet Lorraine” is stunning theater

“Sweet Lorraine,” premiering as part of the inaugural RAVE Theatre Festival is a moving, compassionate production.

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NEC production of 'Imminently Yours' carried powerful message

One of the purposes of Black Theatre is to powerfully tell our stories, enrich our lives and let the world know the struggles and the issues that Black people have not only endured, by managed to thrive through.

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Channelling Eartha Kitt In 'Down To Eartha'

What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?

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Channelling Eartha Kitt In 'Down To Eartha'

What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?

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“SHEnanigans” - a theatrical masterpiece!

I love that Lewis created “SHEnanigans” because it is a healing, funny, therapeutic production to experience.

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Barry blazes on Broadway!

Manilow IS A MIRACLE on Broadway!

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‘Measure for Measure’ is a modernized delight

There is something that just warms the soul when you watch a William Shakespeare play.

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Jewelle Blackman’s magnificent debut in ‘Hadestown’ is just Fate!

“Hadestown,” Broadway’s best musical, playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre at 219 W. 48th Street, is one of the most stunning, unforgettable Broadway musicals you will ever see.

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New York theater companies will represent at the National Black Theatre Festival

At the 16th biennial National Black Theatre Festival, scheduled to occur July 29 to Aug. 3 in Winston Salem, N.C., New York-based theater companies will be very well represented.

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‘The Secret Life of Bees’ is buzz-worthy

“The Secret Life Of Bees,” running through July 21 at the Linda Gross Theater on West 20th Street, is a life-affirming musical!

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Kenny Leon brings ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ into modern times and with all-Black cast

Talk about bringing Shakespeare into modern times and you are talking about Tony Award winning director, Kenny Leon, and “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.

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‘The Cher Show’ is a sheer delight

Cher is a dynamic performer and the struggles, hardships and hit songs of her life have been beautifully put together in a musical called “The Cher Show” playing at the Neil Simon Theatre on Manhattan’s W. 52nd Street.

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‘Beetlejuice’ is a blast!

“Beetlejuice” at the Winter Garden theater is a delight.

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‘My Fair Lady’ is B’way gold

I absolutely love “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont located at 150 W 65th Street.

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Nuyorican presents ‘Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda’ thru June 16

When you think of Alexander Hamilton, do you think of one of the founding fathers of this country and believe that he was someone against slavery and that the family he married into, the Schuyler family, was against slavery as well?

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Andre De Shields wins FIRST Tony

After 50 years in the business, at the age of 73 and at the 73rd annual Tony Awards, De Shields won his first Tony Award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for his portrayal of Hermes in “Hadestown.”

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Tony and Drama Desk 2019 noms: Blacks are beautifully recognized!

The Tony nominations are out for the 73rd annual Tony Awards, and Black talent is definitely acknowledged.

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‘Miracle in Rwanda’ shows the power of faith, love, forgiveness

“Miracle in Rwanda,” playing on Theatre Row on 42nd Street, tells the story of one young woman’s struggle. It is a moving, at times heart-wrenching, and inspiring story.

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‘Ain’t No Mo’ is a tour de force at The Public

“Ain’t No Mo’” is a tour de force. Playwright and star Jordan E. Cooper, a fresh new voice on the New York Theater scene, has created a theatrical masterpiece.

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Ben Vereen performs at Dizzy’s Club, April 4-7

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the one-and-only Ben Vereen recently, as he was getting ready to perform April 4-7 at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Sing it from the rooftops: ‘Choir Boy’ is a must-see!

“Choir Boy,” a brilliant, compassionate and touching work by African-American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a colossal theatrical experience! McCraney is making an explosively impressive Broadway debut.

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Please experience ‘Behind the Sheet’

Hello my people. You only have until Feb. 17 to see “Behind the Sheet,” a powerful story that sheds a blaring light on a story most of us are not familiar with, but that needs to be told!

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BroadwayCon 2019: Oh, what a time!

Every year now I look so forward to an annual event that celebrates Broadway and is a theater-lovers dream, and that is BroadwayCon.

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‘Network’ is a Broadway phenomenon!

“Network” is a fascinating multimedia experience where the audience gets to realize the over-exaggerated role television plays in the lives of everyday people.

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The year in review in Black theater—moving, fresh, phenomenal! Part 2

Aug. 26, 2018, will forever break my heart. The president of AUDELCO, Grace L. Jones, died on that day at the age of 90, after being at the helm of the organization for many years.

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The year in review in Black theater—moving, fresh, phenomenal!

The year 2018 was a year I will never forget in Black theater.

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Remembering NEC Artistic Director Charles Weldon, dead at 78

I remember telling him that this play was such a powerful piece of theater, and his direction was so precise and so stunning that the story just moved me so.

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Civil-rights musical ‘Turning 15’ is powerful theater

Have you ever witnessed a production and thought, “This is so moving, so impressive, so stirring and informative – this is something that can educate people and make them realize their power"?

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Oh what a show!

Every year I look so forward to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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‘Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen’—A sensational evening!

Vereen definitely had the audience in the palm of his hand, and it was a wonderful place to be.

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‘School Girls’ is powerful, fun theater

Ghanaian-American writer Jocelyn Bioh has created a powerful, funny, touching story in “School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play.”

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Amazing Grace, amazing evening at 46th annual AUDELCO Awards

The 46th annual AUDELCO Awards held Monday, Nov. 19, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center was an event to remember! The year’s theme was “Amazing Grace” in honor of the late president of AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee), Grace L. Jones, who died in August at the age of 90.

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‘American Son’ will leave you stunned, moved and changed

Black mothers, hug your sons and hold them close. Keep them safe by letting them know there’s a way to behave if pulled over by the police

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‘Eve’s Song’ is wrenching theater

“Eve’s Song” takes you to the ancestors and shares the struggles that Black women face. Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd paints a picture that states that the first woman in existence was a Black woman named Eve and that is who all Black women descend from.

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‘Dot’ lovingly deals with the Alzheimer’s issue in the Black community

You only have until Nov. 18 to experience “Dot” at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, so please pick up tickets as soon as you can!

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Ben Vereen brings two special Thanksgiving performances to NYC

At the age of 72, African-American treasure, icon, legend, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ben Vereen is still going strong.

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‘Fireflies’ illuminates with powerful performances thru Nov. 11

“Fireflies” is playing at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater

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AUDELCO nominations are out!

The nominations have been announced for the 46th annual AUDELCO Awards, which will be held Nov. 19, 2018. The AUDELCO Awards, also known as the Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, recognize excellence in Black Theater.

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