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Behind The Scenes – “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” (Sanaa Lathan/Lynn Nottage Hollywood Screwball Play)

This will probably be as close as most of you will ever get to seeing Sanaa Lathan in Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage’s new play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. No, I’m not rubbing it in, just stating the obvious. In the play, currently previewing New York’s Second Stage Theater, Sanaa plays the titular Vera […]

2 More Madea Movies On The Way; “A Madea Christmas” Will Probably Be Next

I was just reading THIS article announcing the next Tyler Perry stage play, titled, A Madea Christmas, which will begin running at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on May 13 and 14, with tickets going on sale tomorrow. I’m not sure if this show will travel like like last year’s cross-country […]

Wanna see Whoopi Goldberg’s white racism musical?

Since the mere mention of her name on S & A seems to always result in heated debates, how could I resist this? Today a new musical play called White Noise opens in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre, and those behind the scenes hope it will eventually make its way to Broadway. The play is being produced by […]

David Alan Grier & Norm Lewis Will Join Audra McDonald In Suzan-Lori Parks “Porgy & Bess” Revival

We already know that four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will star in Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks‘ (Topdog/Underdog) revival of the George Gershwin/DuBose Heyward opera Porgy and Bess, which will bow at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, this September, to be directed by Diane Paulus (the Tony Award-nominated director for her revival […]

Anika Noni Rose Preps “Morgan Street” For Stage

As I always say, it can be an exercise in futility waiting around for others to give you work, right? So what do you do instead? You create your own… and actress Anika Noni Rose is doing just that. The Tony Award winner, and star of screen (big and small) and stage, is co-creator, writer […]

“Sister Act” The Musical Begins Broadway Previews Today!

It must be theater day on Shadow And Act… As the heading says, Sister Act the stage musical, based on the movie of the same title, begins previews on Broadway today, March 24th. Watch the preview below, and head over to SisterActtheMusical for ticket info…

Audra McDonald Confirms Role In Suzan-Lori Parks “Porgy And Bess” Revival

In my last post on this, she was said to be “in talks” to star in a revival of the George Gershwin/DuBose Heyward opera Porgy and Bess, which will bow at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, this September. Today, we learn that she’s confirmed it! The Private Practice alum and 4-time Tony Award-winning […]

Broadcast Venues For Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” Stage Adaptation Co-Starring Naomie Harris

***UPDATE 3/16/11: Now you can find out whether this will be broadcast in a theater near you. Read the post below first, if you missed it the first time, and then click HERE to find out if there’s a planned venue in your city.*** I knew that Danny Boyle was working on a stage adaptation […]

Angela Bassett Heading Back To Theater To Star As Conflicted Pastor

When was the last time, Angela Bassett was on stage? Well, according to the Internet Broadway Database (, the last time she was on Broadway was in 1988, when she performed in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. However, the last time she was on ANY stage was at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006, […]

Official Synopsis, Opening Date & Tix Prices For Sanaa Lathan/Lynn Nottage Hollywood Screwball Play

Tickets are now on sale for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Lynn Nottage’s new play since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for the Congolese civil war drama Ruined, which stars Sanaa Lathan. Sanaa will play the titular Vera Stark, described as “a black maid in Hollywood who pursues her dream of making it […]

Musical Version Of “The Bodyguard” In The Works…

We already told you about the planned remake of the film; this morning, I learned about a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, ‘The Bodyguard, that’s in the works! Producer David Ian has secured the stage rights to the film, which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, with the goal being to open the show […]

Theater Ordered To Pay $80,000 For “Demeaning” Black Audience In Attendance For Tyler Perry Movie

“Some patrons later said Stewart’s tone “was offensive and condescending, as if he were speaking to children.” And because the crowd, which had been well-behaved to that point, was “90 to 95 percent” black, some felt it was racist because it implied that blacks did not know how to behave in a movie theater. Justices […]

Audra McDonald Leaves “Private Practice” To Star In Suzan-Lori Parks “Porgy And Bess” Revival

Aha! So this is why (or at least partly why) she left Private Practice! She’s coming home… and by that I mean, not just to New York City where her family is, but back to the theater stage, where she got her start. The 4-time Tony Award-winning actress is reportedly in talks to star in […]

Clybourne Park – Stage Play Review

If you’ve ever seen Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin In The Sun, or watched the 1961 film adaptation starring Sidney Poitier, and wondered what made the unseen white family sell their home, in a nice all-white neighbourhood, to a black family in late 1950s America, then you may want to consider seeing Clybourne Park, a […]

Sanaa Lathan Will Star In Lynn Nottage’s Hollywood Screwball Play “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Lynn Nottage’s new play since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for the Congolese civil war drama Ruined, has announced its star: Ms Sanaa Lathan! Sanaa will play the titular Vera Stark, described as “a black maid in Hollywood who pursues her dream of making it in the pictures […]

Suzan-Lori Parks Reviving “Porgy & Bess”

A stage revival of George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s groundbreaking opera, Porgy and Bess, is coming in 2011, in a collaboration between Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) and Diane Paulus (the Tony Award-nominated director for her revival of Hair). Paulus will helm the production, with Diedre Murray composing, contemporizing and rearranging George […]

Trailer For Broadway Production Of “The Scottsboro Boys”

Trailer for the upcoming Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys, based on the real-life case of 9 black teenage boys falsely accused of raping 2 white women, in 1931 Alabama, which ultimately provoked national outrage, helping to spark the Civil Rights movement. Originally an Off-Broadway show directed by Tony Award-winner and choreographer Susan Stroman, Broadway’s Lyceum […]

“Sister Act” Musical Headed To Broadway

As expected, Sister Act, the musical, will be getting the Broadway treatment. The stage musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, which has been a hit in London since it debuted there in 2009, will open at one of several Broadway theatres on April 20, 2011. Interestingly enough, none of the songs from […]

Loretta Devine Debuts “Pieces Of Me” On Stage

Did you know Loretta Devine has been prepping for a tour with her very-own own one-woman stage show? The award-winning actress will present her show, Pieces of Me, at Stage 52 in Los Angeles, running September 11 to October 3. The show is described as “an inventive, personal and socially conscious evening of poetry and […]

Open Auditions This Saturday For The Broadway Production Of “Sister Act”

It’s currently running in London, and as we’ve already told you, it’s heading to Broadway next year. I’m of course talking about the Whoopi Goldberg-produced Sister Act stage musical. I just received the below info about an OPEN AUDITION for the role of Deloris, which will be held this Saturday, here in New York City […]

Wanda Sykes Joins “Annie” Musical Cast As Unpleasant Miss Hannigan

Continuing the “tradition” of Hollywood performers heading to the theater stage, whether for thespian cred, broaden their range, or some other reason, comedian Wanda Sykes will be taking on an unexpected challenge, playing the orphanage matron Miss Hannigan, in a revival of the musical Annie – although, unlike some of her predecessors, it won’t be […]

Whoopi Goldberg Makes “Sister Act” Musical London Debut Tonight

Whoopi Goldberg will be taking a break from defending Mel Gibson, fighting with The Real Housewives of DC star and the White House party-crasher, Michaele Salahi, and ranting on The View, to take over from Sheila Hancock in the role of Mother Superior, for 23 performances of Sister Act: The Musical, at the London Palladium. […]

Charles Burnett Directs “Mulatto” Play

From my inbox… Killer Of Sheep director by Charles Burnett‘s next directorial effort will not be a film; Burnett will instead be directing a play – specifically, a 1-woman show starring Juliette Fairly, titled Mulatto: A Never Ending Saga. The play, Fairley’s 3rd 1-woman show, centers on the dysfunctional marriage of a black G.I. and […]

Whoopie Goldberg Getting Back Into The Habit With “Sister Act” Musical

Whoopi Goldberg will don a habit once more for a new production of Sister Act… for the stage this time however… and in London’s West End, marking her debut in the district. Earlier today, the producers the Sister Act musical announced that Whoopi, will join the show’s cast in the role of Mother Superior, taking […]

August Wilson’s “Fences” Wins Big At The Tony Awards!

Congratulations to both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for winning the Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actor & Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, for their work in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences. And to top it all off, Fences won the Tony Award for Best Revival […]