Sharon D. Clarke was honored at a reception celebrating her 2022 Tony Award nomination at the Redeye Grill in midtown Manhattan. Sharon was feted by the producers of the upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in which Clarke will be reprising her role in the classic play, which was presented in the Young Vic in London and received rave reviews and acclaim. She was joined at the party by her co-star Wendell Pierce, who gave a touching toast to his leading lady, and Tony Winner Andre’ De Shields who has just joined the “Salesman” cast. Also joining was Director Miranda Cromwell and producer Cindy Tolan along with Broadway luminaries including William Ivey Long, Michael Riedel and Imogen Lloyd Webber. “Death of a Salesman” begins performances on Broadway on Sept. 19 at the Hudson Theater.
Court TV has renewed the original true-crime series “Someone They Knew with Tamron Hall” for a second season and has added it to its primetime schedule on weeknights at 7 p.m. ET. Hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV host, Tamron Hall, “Someone They Knew” stories are told from the points of view of the people impacted by the case, including lawyers, jurors, members of law enforcement, and the victims’ family and friends.
According to multiple reports, Jennifer Hudson’s upcoming daytime talk show on Fox TV has gotten a release date on Sept. 12, the EGOT winner’s 41st birthday. Hudson tweeted, “I can’t believe I get to say this, but welcome to my show! Let’s light up daytime, beginning September 12. Wait a minute. That’s my birthday!” Hudson will film her show in the same studio where “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was taped before airing its finale last month. Several producers who worked on Ellen’s show are now transferring over to work for Hudson in the same studio.
Grammy Award-winning music group Maverick City Music and 16-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin are bringing the injustices around mass incarceration and the voices of 1,300 inmates to center stage with the release of “Kingdom Book One,” available everywhere via TRIBL Records and Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/RCA Inspiration. The Kingdom Tour continues with stops in Nashville, Los Angeles and more on the horizon. The final four performances on the tour—Kansas City, Cleveland, St. Paul, and Chicago—will be called “Kingdom Nights” and feature Grammy-winning artist Tamela Mann.