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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently I sat down with Keith Hamilton Cobb and we talked about his career and “American Moor.”
“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.
Have you ever been to a Broadway show where your participation influenced the flow of the evening?
Lilli Cooper is an amazing talent, and is magnificent in Tootsie as Julie Nichols. Her extraordinary performance garnered her a 2019 Tony nomination.
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.
The complexity of human relationships is the focus in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th Street.
“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.
“Sweet Lorraine,” premiering as part of the inaugural RAVE Theatre Festival is a moving, compassionate production.
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.
What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?
What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?
I love that Lewis created “SHEnanigans” because it is a healing, funny, therapeutic production to experience.
Manilow IS A MIRACLE on Broadway!
There is something that just warms the soul when you watch a William Shakespeare play.
“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.
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.
“The Secret Life Of Bees,” running through July 21 at the Linda Gross Theater on West 20th Street, is a life-affirming musical!
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.
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.
“Beetlejuice” at the Winter Garden theater is a delight.
I absolutely love “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont located at 150 W 65th Street.
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?
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.”
The Tony nominations are out for the 73rd annual Tony Awards, and Black talent is definitely acknowledged.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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!
Every year now I look so forward to an annual event that celebrates Broadway and is a theater-lovers dream, and that is BroadwayCon.
“Network” is a fascinating multimedia experience where the audience gets to realize the over-exaggerated role television plays in the lives of everyday people.
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.
The year 2018 was a year I will never forget in Black theater.
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.
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"?
Every year I look so forward to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Vereen definitely had the audience in the palm of his hand, and it was a wonderful place to be.
Ghanaian-American writer Jocelyn Bioh has created a powerful, funny, touching story in “School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play.”
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.
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
“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.
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!
At the age of 72, African-American treasure, icon, legend, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ben Vereen is still going strong.
“Fireflies” is playing at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater
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.