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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

FLASHBACK! The Color Purple Revival Cast Sing ‘I Won’t Complain’ by Drew Shade

Tony Award winner Heather Headley played her final performance in The Color Purple on October 2nd, 2016, after starting her run in the revival on May 10, 2016. After the curtain call, the…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

PHOTOS: Whoopi Goldberg, Queen Latifah & More Visit Ain’t No Mo’ by Drew Shade

The stars have come out to #SaveAintNoMo, a campaign launched by the show’s star and playwright, Jordan E. Cooper. Cooper launched the #SaveAintNoMo campaign on December 9th after its clos…

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Wiz To Return To Broadway; Jaquel Knight, Amber Ruffin, & More Attached by Drew Shade

Producers Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland, and Ambassador Theatre Group announced today that an all-new production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musica…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Lion King Returns To Broadway & Live Streams on TikTok! by Drew Shade

After being shut down for 18 months, The Lion King returns triumphantly and proves why the show has lasted for over 20 years at the Minskoff Theatre. Reopening on Sept 14th, 2021, the Disney…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s PASS OVER Will Reopen Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre by Drew Shade

The critically acclaimed, award-winning play PASS OVER by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu (Afira Akbar, The Guardian) will reopen the August Wilson Theatre, formerly the Broadway home of Mean Gir…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Hamilton & More Snag Golden Globe Nominations by Drew Shade

The nominations for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Wednesday morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press held a virtual ceremony hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. H…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

WATCH: The Antonyo Awards Nomination Ceremony Hosted By Bryan Terrell Clark & Kristolyn Lloyd by Drew Shade

Hosted by Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen) & Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), the nomination ceremony for the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broad…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Antonyo Awards Nominations – VOTE NOW! by Drew Shade

2019 – 2020 NOMINATIONS | VOTE |  2019 – 2020 NOMINATIONS | VOTE |  2019 – 2020 NOMINATIONS    2019 – 2020 NOMINATIONS | VOTE |  2019 – 2020 NOMINATIONS | VOTE |  2019 – 20…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spike Lee Will Emcee To Kill A Mockingbird at Madison Square Garden by Drew Shade

Academy award-winning film director, Spike Lee (Blackkklansman) will emcee the first-ever performance of a Broadway play, To Kill A Mockingbird, at Madison Square Garden. The current cast w…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Langston Hughes’ Poem The Black Clown Begins New York Premiere by Drew Shade

Adapted from the Langston Hughes poem, The Black Clown by Davóne Tines & Michael Schachter begins performances today at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Performed by bass-…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Amber Riley & MJ Rodriguez Will Star in Little Shop of Horrors by Drew Shade

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olivier Award winner for her portrayal of Effie White in London’s West End production of Dreamgirls, Amber Riley (Dreamgirls UK) and Pose star Mj R…

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WATCH: Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom Jr. in First Trailer for Harriet by Drew Shade

Cynthia Erivo is Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet set to be released November 1st. She is joined by Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. as abolitionist William Still, who helped Tubman organiz…

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Daniel J Watts, Dawnn Lewis, + More Join The Cast of Broadway’s Tina—The Tina Turner Musical by Drew Shade

Tina—The Tina Turner Musical has found and announced it’s cast. As previously announced, Adrienne Warren will return to the title role she originated in the West End. She will be joined …

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 Emmy Nominations: Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Billy Porter & More by Drew Shade

Tony Award winners Billy Porter & Viola Davis have found themselves on the list for the 2019 Emmy nominations for “Pose” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” respectively. Theatre …

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Broadway Musical Waitress Will Close January 2020 by Drew Shade

Waitress, the musical based on the 2007 film, will end its run in January 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter. January 5th, to be exact, will be the final performance at the Brooks At…

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Dave Chappelle Live On Broadway Grosses Over 1.4 Million Despite Blackout by Drew Shade

Comedian Dave Chappelle made his Broadway debut July 9th with Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Originally scheduled to close July 13th the residency was extend…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play Will Transfer To Broadway & Put Him in the History Books by Drew Shade

Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris will transfer to Broadway making the 30-year-old playwright the youngest black man in history to have a play produced on Broadway and only the sixth Black w…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Brennyn Lark, Allison Semmes, & More Featured in Darkness RISING: Live 2! A Mental Health Benefit Concert by Drew Shade

Join the Black Broadway community tonight, April 8th, as they perform inspirational cover songs at Darkness RISING: Live 2. The concert benefits Darkness RISING Nonprofit, an organization fo…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Flint Water Crisis Addressed In Cullud Wattah By Erika Dickerson-Despenza; Performances Begin at The Public Theatre by Drew Shade

There is limited seating left for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play CULLUD WATTAH at The Public Theater. Opening today, Thursday, March 7th and running until Sunday, March 10th in the Pu…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sneak Peek: In Rehearsals With Ain’t No’ Mo at The Public Theater by Drew Shade

Get into the rehearsal photos for Ain’t No Mo’  by Jordan E. Cooper going up at The Public Theater directed by and directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. performances begin Tuesday, March …

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Behind The Set of The Light by Loy A. Webb by Drew Shade

Watch as host Drew Shade takes you behind the set of Loy A. Webb’s The Light with the stars of the show, Mandi Masden and McKinley Belcher III. Set design by Kimie Nishikawa. Broadway Blac…

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Behind The Sheet World-Premiere Plays Third & Final Extension by Drew Shade

Now extended through March 10th, the world premiere of Behind The Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson will continue its performances at the Ensemble Studio Theater which began January 9th. Charly …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jonathan Burke Takes Over Lead Role in Choir Boy — Final Two Weeks! by Drew Shade

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Choir Boy, by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, The Brother/Sister Plays, High Flying Bird) will begin its final two…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Nicolette Robinson, Leslie Odom Jr., & Cynthia Erivo Sign On to Produce Witness Uganda by Drew Shade

It’s official! Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton), along with his wife Nicolette Robinson (Waitress) have joined on as producers for …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cicely Tyson Graces The Cover of Time Magazine & Talks About Why She Loves Acting by Drew Shade

The living legend Cicely Tyson is featured on the cover of TIME magazines 2019 Optimists issue after being chosen for the honor by filmmaker and guest editor, Ava DuVernay. The cover captur…

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Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline Will Air On PBS Feb 8th by Drew Shade

The Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, will debut February 8 at 9 PM ET. The LCT production opened in July 2017 was directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Iconic Entertainer Gregory Hines Honored With a Black Heritage Series Stamp by Drew Shade

The U.S. Postal Service honored iconic entertainer Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp in a ceremony on January 28th. As the 42nd entry in the series, the stamp featuring a 1…

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Michael Jackson Bio-Musical Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Will Open in Chicago Ahead of Broadway by Drew Shade

The musical inspired by the life of the deceased pop icon Michael Jackson has found its title, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Still in development after a reading in June of…

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In The Heights Film Taps Corey Hawkins to Play Benny by Drew Shade

The Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights is headed to the big screen thanks to Warner Bros., And according to Deadline the Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has been cast in th…

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The Public Theater Will Present Hercules Musical & Hercules Is Black! by Drew Shade

We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. Back in 2017, we reported that a musical adaptation of the Disney movie Hercules would be headed to Broadway. Now we can confirm that …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Pose’ Star Ryan Jamaal Swain Will Make His Broadway Debut in Choir Boy by Drew Shade

Standout star of FX’s ‘Pose” has joined the cast of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy. He will be stepping in as the cover of the lead role Pharus. This will mark his…

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