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“The Black Jew Dialogues” (New Comedy Play Explores Absurdity Of Prejudice)

First, here’s the CNN interview with one half of the comedy duo (underneath is a promo video for the show):

Laurence Fishburne Talks About Playing Thurgood Marshall

Laurence Fishburne and George Stevens Jr, star and writer of Thurgood talk about the civil rights pioneer portrayed on stage. Thurgood is the dramatic retelling of the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The 90-minute performance runs from June 1 – 20, 2010 at the Eisenhower […]

Great Black Plays & Playwrights Reading Series This Month In NYC

From June 4th thru the 27th, the New Federal Theatre in New York City will present a series of play readings titled, Great Black Plays & Playwrights. 25 plays will be read, spanning the beginning of the Black Theatre Movement in the 1960′s thru the present day. Highlights include Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…, Amari […]

Samuel L Jackson As Martin Luther King Jr On Broadway!

Samuel L Jackson may be envious of all the love Denzel Washington and Viola Davis have been getting for their performances in August Wilson’s Fences, on Broadway The alleged hardest working man in showbiz is reportedly in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr in Katori Hall’s Award-winning drama, The Mountaintop, which “imagines a meeting […]

“Scottsboro Boys” Heading To Broadway

A musical based on the real-life tale of The Scottsboro Boys – 9 black teens falsely accused of raping 2 white women, in 1931 Alabama, which ultimately provoked national outrage that helped spark the Civil Rights movement – is heading to Broadway. Originally an Off-Broadway show directed by Tony Award-winner and choreographer Susan Stroman, Broadway’s […]

David Alan Grier & Kerry Washington Departing David Mamet’s “Race;” Who Will Replace Them?

Playbill reports that Dennis Haysbert will make his Broadway debut in David Mamet’s legal drama Race, beginning June 23, when he’ll be taking over for David Alan Grier, who will be leaving the show on June 13th. Also, departing will be 2 of the shows other cast members, Kerry Washington on June 13th as well, […]

Watch Another Clip From “Fences”

This is the 3rd or 4th they’ve released so far… at this rate, you may get to see the entire freaking play without leaving your house! I saw the show a couple of weeks ago. You can read my review HERE if you haven’t already.

Tony Award Nominees Announced! “Fela!,” “Fences” Lead The Charge!

Theatre’s highest honor – Broadway’s Oscar equivalent – unveiled its nominations for the 64th Annual Tony Awards.; and it’s quite “colorful,” if you catch my drift, thanks to strong runs by 3 productions, namely, David Mamet’s Race, Fela!, the musical, and the revival of August Wilson’s Fences. I’m privileged to say that I saw all […]

Watch Another Good Clip Of Denzel Washington In “Fences” On Broadway…

Another good scene clip of Denzel Washington from August Wilson’s Fences on Broadway…

A Clip From “Fences” (On Fighting Death)

A video clip from Broadway’s Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, which I reviewed HERE.

Denzel Washington Shines; Viola Davis Disappoints (Thoughts On Broadway’s “Fences”)

So I caught a preview of Fences on Broadway last Sunday – the August Wilson Pulitzer Prize-winning play, featuring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the starring roles of couple Troy and Rose Maxson. I’m not going to rehash the play’s plot; You can always look it up, if you’re not familiar. To say that […]

Coming Soon – Michael Jackson, The Musical

Contributing to the posthumous Michael Jackson business, the late pop singer’s estate and Cirque du Soleil announced plans for two shows based around the pop singer’s music. The Wall Street Journal reports…

Trailer for horror film Splice

A few weeks ago I posted a clip from the upcoming horror film Splice (which was co-produced by director Guillermo Del Toro) A modern day variation of Frankenstein, Warner Bros picked up for a summer release after it wowed the crowd at Sundance. Now the trailer has appeared and here it is: Video: Exclusive: ‘Splice’ Trailer

Meet The Entire Cast Of August Wilson’s “Fences” On Broadway

As I’ve already said, I’ll be seeing this for sure!

Sundance Institute Announces 4 Projects For First-Ever Theatre Lab In East Africa

Interesting…! I’ll certainly be paying close attention to this as it progresses. Read on below: Sundance Institute announced today the projects chosen to participate in the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in East Africa. The Lab will take place July 9-29, 2010 on the island of Manda off the coast of Kenya. Under the supervision of […]

Branford Marsalis Will Compose Music For Broadway Revival Of August Wilson’s “Fences”

Branford Marsalis, the Grammy-winning saxophonist, will compose music for the upcoming Broadway revival of Fences. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis will co-star in the new Broadway production of August Wilson’s Fences, which begins previews April 14 at the Cort Theatre. Opening is April 26. The cast will also feature Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel, Chris Chalk […]

Hey Londoners, “Fela!” Is Headed Your Way!

Fela!, the new Broadway musical set to the music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, will be produced in London by the National Theatre. Fela! will begin performances at the National’s Olivier Theatre Nov. 6, and officially open Nov. 16, with Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, who also directed and co-conceived the Broadway musical, will […]

Suzan-Lori Parks To Help Bring Ray Charles Bio-Musical To Broadway

Stuart Benjamin, a producer of the 2004 pic Ray, which helped Jamie Foxx win an Oscar, will bring Ray Charles’ life to Broadway in the fall. Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical, featuring the music of Ray Charles with a book by Suzan-Lori Parks, will come to Broadway, with Sheldon Epps directing the production. […]

“A Time To Kill” Headed To Broadway

John Grisham’s racially-singed 1989 debut novel, A Time To Kill, which was later made into a movie in 1996, is headed to the theatre stage. D.C.-based Arena Stage has rounded out its 2010-2011 schedule with the world premiere of A Time to Kill, that has been adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes. A premiere […]

Blacks On Broadway Part 2 (Kerry Washington & David Alan Grier Talk “Race”)

I saw Race last November, and I liked it. Well-written, and mostly well acted. In the play, a firm made up of three lawyers, two black and one white, is offered the chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black young woman. If you’re in New York, I recommend it! […]

Laurence Fishburne’s Play “Riff Raff” & The Movie That Was Based On It…

He’s certainly no stranger to the theater stage, but I had no idea Mr Fishburne was also a playwright; not a prolific one, as he’s only written one play – at least one that’s been produced anyway. He may have a library full of them that never saw the stage. Written in 1995, the play […]

Teaser – Denzel Washington, Viola Davis In August Wilson’s “Fences” On Broadway

Anthony Mackie Heading Back To Broadway

He’ll be joining Christopher Walken & Sam Rockwell, for 16 weeks in Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding In Spokane. Previews begin February 15th. Another Broadway play on my to-see list… CLICK HERE for more info.

Melvin Van Peebles Staging Musical-Theater Adaptation Of “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” (Things That Make You Go Hmm…)

This COULD be interesting, for better or for worse… The film certainly has its place in the cinematic history, regardless of what is thought of it today. It served a purpose at the time, and arguably helped usher in the wave of 1970s so-called blaxploitation flicks that followed. I haven’t seen the film in a […]

Preview – “HOPE – Obama Musical Story” (Theatre)

This looks like it could be fun! Courtesy of the Afro-Europe Blog, for our readers in western Germany – specifically Frankfurt: The venue Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt will experience a sound it has never heard before; along with a huge percussion ensemble, the audience accompanies US president Barack Obama on his successful march into the White […]