The Masterworks Theater Company is proving that classic plays are truly timeless.
Have you ever gone to a musical and as it starts you sense this amazing energy in the theater?
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.
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.
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?
“Gigi” is one of the most gigantic flops I’ve seen on Broadway in a while!
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.
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.
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.
From the time that Daniel Beaty began his one-man show “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” your attention was grabbed and maintained.
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.
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.
“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
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
The Disney Christmas release, “Into the Woods,” is definitely a gift for the entire family. Rated PG, it is a delightful movie to experience.
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.”
2014 was a phenomenal year for Black theater.
The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is back at Radio City Music Hall, and it is a marvelous way to usher in the holiday season.
You only have until Sunday, Dec. 14 to go to the ArcLight Theatre and experience a one-man tribute to Frederick Douglass.
Lizan Mitchell opens “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” with one of the most moving, riveting and emotional monologues I have heard in a play in years.
Imagine having your father murdered during a mugging when you are only 9 years old, then, later, three of your older siblings die from drug usage, and your mother is murdered by her boyfriend while you are away at college?
I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of “While I Yet Live,” playing at the Duke on West 42nd Street.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing at the Broadway Theatre at 53rd Street and Broadway, currently stars Keke Palmer in the role of Ella, and this young lady is wonderful.
Q&A: Billy Porter, the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning actor for his portrayal of Lola in “Kinky Boots,” in which he is still starring on Broadway, has decided to take a step in a slightly different direction.
I had the distinct pleasure of being in Carnegie Hall as history was made. Yes, it was nothing less than history, as a packed theater experienced.
Did you ever make a choice in life and wonder what would have happened if you did something else?
Tuesday, June 10 was the official press opening for Patti LaBelle in “After Midnight,” a musical that spotlights Harlem nightlife in 1932. “After Midnight” is now officially “Pattified.” LaBelle put her delightful spin on each song and made the jazz music and ballads of that period come alive as only she can do.
Audra McDonald made history on Sunday, June 8 when she became the first person to win six Tony Awards.
Audra McDonald channels the spirit of Billie Holiday in a touching, moving portrayal of the late jazz singer in her Broadway show, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”
At the 59th annual Drama Desk Awards, held at Town Hall on West 43rd Street, three African-American actors won the coveted award that acknowledges the best in Broadway and off-Broadway theater.
The Billie Holiday Theatre is currently showing “The Seeds of Abraham,” a play that is both a drama and a comedy.
If you want to have a theatrical experience that will leave you stunned, then you need to head to the National Black Theatre on 125th St. and 5th Avenue and see “Dutchman.” It is the 50th anniversary of this powerful, emotional drama created by the late Amiri Baraka.
History will be made with the longest running show in Broadway history, “Phantom of the Opera,” when for the first time on a Broadway stage, an African-American actor—Norm Lewis—will step into the lead role as the Phantom.
“A Raisin in the Sun” is superb! This production is powerful! There is such raw, real and passionate emotion. Lorraine Hansberry truly gave life to the struggles of Black families and the relationship dynamics that exist in the Black family.
The line went down Eighth Avenue to 46th Street, and people were excited as they waited to get into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street to see multiple Grammy Award winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Toni Braxton appear in “After Midnight”
I have experienced several productions of “Antony and Cleopatra” over my three decades of covering theater, but none were performed with the intensity and passion that I saw in the Public Theatre’s production
Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 44th anniversary celebration was fabulous! It was a great Black theater family reunion held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers St. this past Sunday.
“Legends” is the name of the 144th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and it is coming to the Barclays Center on Feb. 20.
If you enjoy marvelous theater performed in an intimate setting, then you must make plans to go to see Harlem Repertory Theatre at the 133th Street Arts Center
Amazing, powerful, extraordinary, brilliant and thought-provoking are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think about the year in Black theater during 2013.
The mounting of a production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” becomes a holiday tradition.
Have you ever had an evening when all the stars seemed to align in the sky and everything was right with the world? An evening when everyone who deserved to be recognized for their brilliant works received their just reward? Well, that is what happened on a recent Monday night at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street as the 41st annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition (“VIV”) Awards for Excellence in Black Theater took place. Signature Theater left its mark on the ceremony, as it received eight well-earned VIV Awards in the distinguished categories of Best Revival; Best Director/Dramatic Production, Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Best Lead Actress, Roslyn Ruff; Best Lead Actor, Brandon J. Dirden; Best Supporting Actor, Chuck Cooper; Best Costume Design, Karen Perry; Best Set Design, Michael Camahan; and Best Lighting Design, Rui Rita. The stage was set as the production won the first three awards for lighting, set and costume design right off the bat.
Throughout the past theater season, Black actors, playwrights, directors and technical professionals have done amazing work,
The holidays are upon us once again, and hopefully this will be a season filled with joy. One marvelous way to usher it in is by going to see “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, located at West 50th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. Every year, my daughters and I look forward to this production bringing out the warmth and love of the upcoming holiday season, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is absolutely amazing.
“Nightmare: Killers2” is scary good! It is the most fun you will have while you are screaming from fright and laughing as you run through the halls of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, located at 107 Suffolk St., between Rivington and Delancey streets.
Ten years ago, playwright David Lamb opened up everyone’s eyes when he boldly created a hilarious play that looked at the stereotypes that exist between Blacks and Hispanics titled “Platanos Y Collard Greens.” He looked at whether these two groups could find love and have a successful relationship with all the odds stacked against them.
Ten years ago, audiences began to be thrilled by the hilarious and culturally revealing play “Platanos Y Collard Greens,” written by David Lamb. In the original production, Lamb looks at whether Black and Latina love can survive and examines many of the cultural stereotypes that exist in society.