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Monday, June 13, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ wins big with Tony for best musical Myles Frost, Phylicia Rashad and Joaquina Kalukango take home prizes for ‘MJ,’ ‘Skeleto by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

With every performance of Paradise Square, star Joaquina Kalukango has brought down the house with a teary, snot-nosed, full-throated rendition of “Let it Burn.” Sunday night, America wi…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Broadway’s ‘MJ’ zooms in on Michael Jackson’s genius while neglecting his abuse Musical dances around some of the ugly facts of his biography by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

One of the first things a photography student learns about is a concept known as depth of field. If a person focuses a lens on an object in their foreground, they must compromise on renderin…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

‘Paradise Square’ is a disappointing historical pastiche Joaquina Kalukango’s star can’t be dimmed, even when she’s shining through a mess by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

It was bound to happen. A producer or two was going to witness the money-printing, multiyear grip Hamilton had on Broadway and pop culture at large and try to replicate it with another multi…

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Friday, May 13, 2022

The hilarious ‘A Strange Loop’ creates space for big, queer Black bodies Playwright and composer Michael R. Jackson marries the Black church and S by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

It’s taken nearly 20 years and Ja-heez-us knows how many rewrites from book writer, lyricist and composer Michael R. Jackson, but A Strange Loop has finally bewitched Broadway. The 2020 wi…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ leads with 11 Tony nominations as Broadway comes back from a plague Directors Camille A. Brown and Lileana Blain-Cruz are nominee by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

Amid a plague, both of disease and revanchism, Monday morning’s Tony nominations announcement offered history-making and hope with a bevy of stacked categories.  Tony winners Adrienne War…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

A himbo and his irritated wife meet their bloody ends in Broadway’s new ‘Macbeth’ Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga star as the cursed couple in a pro by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

The Scottish play might be a tragedy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be loads of fun. A new Broadway production of Macbeth opened April 28 starring James Bond — sorry, Daniel Craig —…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ is ushered to Broadway Two years after winning a Pulitzer Prize, this ‘big, Black and queer’ show comes to theater’s main s by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

Two years after playwright and composer Michael R. Jackson was named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in drama, his musical, A Strange Loop, is finally making its “big, Black and queer” …

SOURCE: andscape.com at 08:31AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

‘Confederates’ follows Black women in a dangerous game Dominique Morisseau’s new Broadway play zigzags its way toward freedom by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

In the world constructed by Dominique Morisseau in her new off-Broadway play, there are two kinds of confederates: the ones who think you’re too radical, and the ones who don’t think you…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Broadway needs big structural change. The producers behind The Theatre Leadership Project are hoping to deliver it. A series of paid fellowships will by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

A new group is aiming to make a sea change on Broadway by vaulting Black people into some of its most powerful positions.  Broadway producers Barbara Broccoli (Once, The Band’s Visit), Li…

SOURCE: theundefeated.com at 10:03AM

Broadway needs big structural change. The producers behind The Theatre Leadership Project are hoping to deliver it. A series of paid fellowships will by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

A new group is aiming to make a sea change on Broadway by vaulting Black people into some of its most powerful positions.  Broadway producers Barbara Broccoli (Once, The Band’s Visit), Li…

SOURCE: andscape.com at 10:03AM
Friday, March 5, 2021

Adrienne Warren and Katori Hall of Broadway’s ‘Tina’ don’t know when theater will return, but they’re working to make it better The Tony nom by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

After a global pandemic made for the most calamitous year in the history of American theater, actor Adrienne Warren and playwright Katori Hall are among the many Tony nominees who will final…

SOURCE: theundefeated.com at 08:18AM

Adrienne Warren and Katori Hall of Broadway’s ‘Tina’ don’t know when theater will return, but they’re working to make it better The Tony nom by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

After a global pandemic made for the most calamitous year in the history of American theater, actor Adrienne Warren and playwright Katori Hall are among the many Tony nominees who will final…

SOURCE: andscape.com at 08:18AM
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Cicely Tyson led a generation that defined themselves with dignity Her death marks the winding down of an era when Black glamour and elegance wasn’t by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

There was a time when Black dignity on screen wasn’t guaranteed. It had to be fought for and insisted upon, repeatedly. And Cicely Tyson, who died Jan. 28 at age 96, led a generation of pa…

SOURCE: theundefeated.com at 09:59AM

Cicely Tyson led a generation that defined themselves with dignity Her death marks the winding down of an era when Black glamour and elegance wasn’t by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

There was a time when Black dignity on screen wasn’t guaranteed. It had to be fought for and insisted upon, repeatedly. And Cicely Tyson, who died Jan. 28 at age 96, led a generation of pa…

SOURCE: andscape.com at 09:59AM
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine is here, but theaters seek a New Deal Theatermakers want a modern-day version of the Great Depression’s Federal Theatre Project by Soraya Nadia McDonald, Soraya Nadia McDonald

For most of 2020, the artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage has been thinking about the future in six-week chunks. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the entire economy into disarray, th…

SOURCE: theundefeated.com at 09:16AM

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