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Linda Armstrong

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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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Glorious homegoing for Grace L. Jones

When a person passes away and a memorial service is held, it is a chance for us to celebrate that person’s life. It is a chance for us to acknowledge the contributions that the person made to us personally, to the family, to friends and to whichever groups the person’s life was devoted to.

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New York Comic Con was colossal!

Oh my God, all the costumes, crowds, excitement! God I love New York Comic Con!

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‘Separate and Equal’ is powerful, must-see theater

“Separate and Equal” is a very powerful, beautifully executed piece of theater presented by the University of Alabama in partnership with the Birmingham Metro NAACP and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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‘Separate and Equal’ is powerful, must-see theater

“Separate and Equal” is a very powerful, beautifully executed piece of theater presented by the University of Alabama in partnership with the Birmingham Metro NAACP and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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Aretha Franklin’s longtime musical director shares memories

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with H.B. Barnum, who had been Franklin’s musical director for more than 30 years, and he was glad to speak about this great lady.

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Fall in love with ‘Head Over Heels’

Hurry to the Hudson Theatre and fall in love with “Head Over Heels!”

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Fall in love with ‘Head Over Heels’

Hurry to the Hudson Theatre and fall in love with “Head Over Heels!”

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Summer Theater Intensive held at Billie Holiday Theatre

I heard about a new theater program that occurred this summer in Brooklyn, which sounded more like a dream than a reality.

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AUDELCO President Grace L. Jones passes at 90

Grace L. Jones, 90, passed early in the morning Sunday, Aug. 26 due to heart issues.

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Remembering AUDELCO’s Ms. Grace L. Jones

My heart was broken on the afternoon of Aug. 26, when I learned that a lovely lady who'd been like a mother to me had left this earth.

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Aretha remembered

Retired choreographer Louis Johnson worked with Aretha Franklin for 40 years, choreographing her concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and many other venues. A member of the New York Ballet Company, he’s also well-versed in other types of dance.

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‘King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story’ captures masterful essence of theater legend

Passion, determination, commitment, an insatiable love of theater—those are the attributes of Woodie King Jr., founder and producer at New Federal Theatre.

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Great Wolf Lodge: The perfect family vacation

Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos in Pennsylvania is the perfect family vacation!

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Multi-talent Chapman Roberts talks ‘Smokey Joe’s’

If you’re not familiar with the name Chapman Roberts, you need to be.

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‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ is a sensation!

“Smokey Joe’s Café” is smokin’ at Stage 42!

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Musical power and splendor in ‘Don’t Bother Me’

New York City Center on West 55th Street was the place to be this weekend as “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” played performances from July 25 to 29 as part of the Encores! Off-Center Series.

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‘The Peculiar Patriot’ is powerful at NBT

Liza Jessie Peterson is “dropping knowledge” about Black incarceration in “The Peculiar Patriot” playing at the National Black Theatre. The production is being presented by the National Black Theatre and HI-Arts. Peterson not only performs this one-woman piece but also wrote it.

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Classical Theatre of Harlem’s ‘Antigone’ draws parallels to today

Genius, brilliance, startling political relevancy are what I experienced at Harlem’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre in Marcus Garvey Park as I watched the Classical Theatre of Harlem perform Sophocles’ “Antigone,” in a production inspired by Paul Roche’s adaptation.

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Award-winning lyricist Micki Grant talks about ‘Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope’ at City Center

“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” a politically charged musical about life for African-Americans in their communities, will be back after 47 years.

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Broadway stars raise money to reunite separated families

Everyone is aware of how President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” stance has separated children from their parents in border states.

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