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Linda Armstrong

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Brennyn Lark makes stunning Broadway debut in ‘Les Miserables

If you go to the theater to be moved, to cry and to feel inspired, then you must make plans to see the current revival of “Les Miserables,” playing at the Imperial Theatre on West 45th Street.

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Joe Morton is the brilliant Dick Gregory in ‘Turn Me Loose’

“Turn Me Loose” is a tour-de-force that celebrates Dick Gregory’s brilliance. Joe Morton is quick-witted, funny and poignant as the iconic comedian.

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Emmy winner Joe Morton takes the stage as Dick Gregory

Joe Morton, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of Eli Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” has returned to the New York stage, playing stand-up comedian and activist Dick Gregory in “Turn Me Loose”

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Black productions recognized with Drama Desk noms

The Drama Desk Awards honor the best in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater.

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‘Blackbird’ is a riveting, disturbing drama

Broadway is a vehicle through which many different topics can be discussed, including those that may be difficult for people to approach and deal with.

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'Shuffle Along’ is Black Broadway history

“Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” is one of the most significant, sensational, stirring musicals to come to Broadway in some time. It gives an endearing, historical record of “Shuffle Along,” the first Black musical staged on Broadway in 1921.

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UniverSoul Circus surpasses expectations

Every year I look forward to UniverSoul Circus returning to New York and it never disappoints.

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Phylicia Rashad at the Public Theater—enough said!

Is “Head of Passes” exceptional theater? Let me answer that question with two words—Phylicia Rashad (so yes!). Rashad plays Shelah, the ill matriarch of a Louisiana family who is dying and needs to tell her children.

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‘Sugar Ray’ is a knockout!

How much do you know about Sugar Ray Robinson?

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‘The Humans’ a realistic family drama

Stephen Karam has put together a captivating drama that looks at the frailties that we all have in “The Humans,” playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway.

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‘Fiddler’ revival disappointing

I was so excited to hear that there was a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” playing at the Broadway Theatre.

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‘Dot’ exposes devastation of Alzheimer’s disease

Colman Domingo hits the Alzheimer nail on the head with “Dot.”

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‘Hughie’ is boring Broadway

Forest Whitaker, an academy award-winning actor, is making his Broadway debut playing Erie Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” at the Booth Theatre. Now, there is no question that Forest Whitaker is an outstanding actor, producer and director.

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Straight A’s for “School of Rock” on Broadway

“School of Rock—The Musical” is a high-octane performance!

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REVIEW: 'Timeless, The Mystery of the Dark Water'

Theatrical productions should be approached with an open mind.

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2015: Black theater year in review: Pt. 1

The year 2015 was one of the most magnificent years that Blacks in theatre have experienced for some time.

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‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ is terrific!

Maurice Hines is starring in a new show, “Tappin’ Thru Life,” at New World Stages on West 50th Street.

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Clowns, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats and more at Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center, and it’s a delightful family experience.

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AUDELCOs: Celebrating the Black theater family

Last Monday, Symphony Space was the place to be for members of the Black theater family

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‘Eclipsed’ offers blinding spotlight on mistreatment of women

The Public Theater is a leader in presenting relevant plays about real and devastating subjects that people around the world have endured and survived.

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And the AUDELCO nomination goes to ...

In 2014 and 2015, Black theater has shined so brightly.

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Jones and Tyson simply charming in ‘Gin Game’

“Simply charming” is the best way to describe theater veterans James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson as they co-star in “The Gin Game” at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on West 45th Street.

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Rapping history works on Broadway in ‘Hamilton’

I did not have the opportunity to experience the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “Hamilton” when it was playing off-Broadway, but I’m so glad I did get to see it on Broadway.

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New York productions to be showcased at NBTF

Black theater family, make your plans and get ready to pack your bags this summer.

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‘Black Stars of the Great White Way’ to headline NBTF

Chapman Roberts, the executive director and producer of “Black Stars of the Great White Way,” is very excited these days, as he prepares to bring this unique, marvelous production down to the National Black Theatre Festival, happening Aug. 3 to 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the main stage production, which is an enormous honor.

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Corey Mitchell makes history at 69th Tony Awards

History was made this year at the 69th annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall, as the inaugural Tony for Excellence in Theatre Education was awarded.

The incredible story of the Jubilee Singers

Inspired, educated, motivated—that’s how I felt as I watched “A Band of Angels” at Theater 3, located at 311 W. 43rd St.

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Don’t make plans to ‘Visit’

Have you ever sat in a Broadway theater and thought of the offering before your eyes, “This is weird”?

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‘The Glass Menagerie’ shines

The Masterworks Theater Company is proving that classic plays are truly timeless.

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‘It Shoulda Been You’ a bridal hoot

Have you ever gone to a musical and as it starts you sense this amazing energy in the theater?

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‘Something Rotten!’ is something wonderful!

“Something Rotten!” is one of the most original, creative musical comedies to hit Broadway in a long time! It makes the Renaissance hip and new! And it rejuvenates one’s love and appreciation for the brilliance of William Shakespeare’s work.

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Grace Jones to be honored at NBTF with Living Legend Award

If you are not familiar with the New York not-for-profit organization that supports Black theater by making sure to let audiences know about the shows and recognizing productions with the VIV Award, then you need to know about the AUDELCO Awards, which stands for Audience Development Committee.

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Chinese imagery at the Met

When you first enter the Costume Institute’s opening gallery that’s exhibiting “China: Through the Looking Glass,” you see the Mao suit, created after Mao Zedong.

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‘The Heidi Chronicles’: One woman’s journey to self-worth

What is success? What gives one fulfillment in life? If you have a great career in which you do something that you’re passionate about and that pays you well, is that success?

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‘Gigi’ flops on Broadway

“Gigi” is one of the most gigantic flops I’ve seen on Broadway in a while!

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Denzel’s daughter talks upcoming role in ‘The Glass Menagerie’

ennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie” will be performed at the 47th Street Theatre, located at 304 W. 47th St., May 8 to May 30.

Lane, Uggams and Epps discuss history of Blacks in theater

Stewart F. Lane wrote a phenomenal book called “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way,” published by Square One Publishers. The book chronicles the history of Blacks in theater, and it is a marvelous, exciting, fascinating history.

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An American in Paris’ has been reinvented!

Broadway’s Palace Theatre, at the corner of Broadway and 47th Street, is home to a reimagined version of “An American in Paris,” and it is worth seeing.

‘Tallest Tree’: Beaty phenomenal as Robeson

From the time that Daniel Beaty began his one-man show “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” your attention was grabbed and maintained.

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UniverSoul: You will laugh, clap and be moved

From the time you sit down at the UniverSoul Circus, you realize why you are here once again. It is time for you to rejoin this family.

‘Brothers From the Bottom’ is a vital work to see

Have you ever experienced a play that not only entertained you, but also left you feeling educated and motivated? I saw a play over the weekend that did just that. “Brothers From the Bottom” is a captivatingly written and directed play by Jackie Alexander.

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Ringling Bros. is ‘Xtreme’ fun

“Circus Xtreme” is the current offering from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and it is extreme—an extremely good time for all! Make sure to arrive early because once you pick up your tickets, you are invited to come onto the floor as long as it is one hour before the performance for the preshow. D

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Broadway dished up the laughs with James Earl Jones

The comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” one of the funniest productions to ever hit a Broadway stage, just finished its run at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street.

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‘Dutchman’ is powerful theater

“Dutchman” by Amiri Baraka, playing at the Castillo Theatre on West 42nd Street, is being performed by New Federal Theatre. Woodie King Jr. has decided to dedicate the theater’s 46th season to reviving Baraka’s work. “Dutchman” is a very powerful play to watch.

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Black B’way stars chronicled in fabulous new book

“Black Broadway: African-Americans on the Great White Way” is full of the history of Black performers on Broadway, with some of the most stunning photos of these performers that you will have the pleasure of viewing.

This year, consider AUDELCO and support Black theater

As you begin the new year and decide what you want to do with some of your extra money or time, consider getting involved with AUDELCO, the nonprofit organization that has been supporting Black theater for 42 years.

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‘Into the Woods’ is big fun on the big screen

The Disney Christmas release, “Into the Woods,” is definitely a gift for the entire family. Rated PG, it is a delightful movie to experience.

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‘Africa Umoja’: Strength, passion and spirit

If you were at Symphony Space last week, then you got to experience the captivating, sensual and powerful performance of “Africa Umoja: 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour.”

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Black theater Year in Review

2014 was a phenomenal year for Black theater.

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‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ ushers in the holidays

The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is back at Radio City Music Hall, and it is a marvelous way to usher in the holiday season.

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