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Linda Armstrong

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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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‘Little Rock’ enlightens at Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Since childhood, I heard bits and pieces of the story of the Little Rock Nine.

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‘Othello’ is a must-see

“Othello” is outstanding at the Delacorte Theatre.

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Tonys: ‘Once on This Island’ won, but Black nominees didn’t fare as well

One sadly consistent thing at the 72nd annual Tony Awards, which recognize excellence in Broadway theater, was that no Black actor who was nominated won.

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ : Theatrical brilliance at its best!

I am potty about Potter and you will be too! “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” is the most unforgettable theatrical experience you will ever have.

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A queen rules at Medieval Times

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst, N.J. has been transporting families back to Medieval Times (1066-1485) in England since 1990, and it is an amazing, wholesome form of family entertainment.

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Broadway sizzles with ‘Summer’

Once again, disco is alive and well and it is at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on West 46th Street, where “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” is playing.

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Black theater excellence recognized with 2018 Tony noms

African-Americans are standing out on Broadway, as witnessed by the 2018 Tony Award nominations.

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‘Yellowman’ addresses a timeless issue in the Black community

I want to say “thank you” to African-American playwright Dael Orlandersmith for this production.

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Black theater excellence recognized with 2018 Tony noms

African-Americans are standing out on Broadway, as witnessed by the 2018 Tony Award nominations.

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‘The Iceman Cometh’ captivates on Broadway

Eugene O’Neill’s sobering play about the ills of alcoholism is having a powerful rebirth at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on West 45th Street.

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‘Children of a Lesser God’ captivates on Broadway

“Children of a Lesser God” is a tremendously powerful snapshot into the sad, frustrating and complicated life that a deaf person might sometimes endure.

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UniverSoul Circus: 25 years and stronger than ever!

UniverSoul Circus has been around for 25 years and I have been covering it that entire time.

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‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’—Explosive, powerful theater at Billie Holiday Theatre

Soul-stirring, take you to school, take you to church theater is happening right now at the Billie Holiday Theatre as it presents “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red."

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BroadwayCon 2018: Curtain up on fabulous!

BroadwayCon 2018 was a total blast at the Jacob Javits Center Jan. 26 to Jan. 28.

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2017 was historic for Blacks on Broadway and in theater in general

The year 2017 was historic, as African-Americans made great strides on Broadway.

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‘The Children’ is not child’s play

When I go to the theater I want to be entertained. I don’t mind learning about real-life situations that deal with serious topics.

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The 45th annual VIV Awards celebrated Black theater

Oh, what a night! The 45th annual AUDELCO “VIV” Awards recognizing excellence in Black theater was fabulous at Symphony Space Monday, Nov. 20.

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‘Elf The Musical’ is stupendous holiday fun!

The Theater at Madison Square Garden has the next holiday tradition with “Elf The Musical.”

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‘The Lion King’—two glorious decades on Broadway and counting

Make “The Lion King” part of your circle of life! It lifts the soul! It’s no wonder this musical is celebrating its 20th year on Broadway: it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

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The Billie Holiday Theatre is back with ‘The Old Settler’

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationArt in Bedford-Stuyvesant is back and opened its season with a powerful production of John Henry Redwood’s “The Old Settler.”

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Nominations announced for 45th AUDELCO Awards

The word is out for the nominees of the 45th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize excellence in Black theater.

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