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Branford Marsalis Will Compose Original Score For Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2011 5:26 AM
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The production team (cast & crew) for Katori Hall's award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which will be directed by Kenny Leon, continues to shape up.
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Rutina Wesley Heads Off-Broadway To Co-Star In Play About White Man Who Pretends To Be Black Woman

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 7:50 AM
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True Blood star Rutina Wesley is headed Off-Broadway this fall to star alongside Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff in a new play by Jeff Talbott, titled The Submission.
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Watch Denzel Washington Tell A True Story About "The Nigga They Couldn't Kill"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 7, 2011 1:30 AM
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I came across this video clip courtesy of director Pete Chatmon. While promoting his Fences appearance with co-star Viola Davis, Denzel Washington explains how and why he turned down a lucrative role.
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Suzan-Lori Parks/Audra McDonald "Porgy & Bess" Revival Will Head To Broadway In January 2012

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 29, 2011 7:43 AM
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As I said in previous posts about this revival, while the work is slated to bow at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, this September, the producers certainly weren’t counting out an eventual Broadway run as well, which wouldn’t be a first for the work.
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Alicia Keys, Reuben Cannon Bringing "Stick Fly" To Broadway; Kenny Leon Directing

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 27, 2011 7:15 AM
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Perhaps taking her cues from Jay-Z and Will Smith (or perhaps not) songstress Alicia Keys will put on her producers hat to bring writer Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly to the Broadway stage.
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Terence Blanchard Will Compose Original Music For Broadway Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 7:06 AM
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He's only recently completed work on the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails, and now it's been announced that jazzman, and Spike Lee's favorite composer, Terence Blanchard, will compose the original musical for the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which, as was recently announced, Blair Underwood will star in, making his Broadway debut playing Stanley Kowalski.
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Theater Review - Exit, Pursued By A Bear's All-Male Presentation Of Shakespeare's "King Lear"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 2:01 AM
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A review of the Ed Sylvanus Iskandar-directed all-male (majority black male actors) staging of Shakespeare's King Lear submitted by Rod Gailes OBC, winner of the last Shadow And Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge (he's currently in post-production on the short film he made with the cash, and we should be debuting it in coming weeks). It'll run through the 27th, presented by Exit, Pursued By A Bear, here in New York City for those interested, or even mildly curious.
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It's Official! Angela Bassett Will Join Samuel L. Jackson On Broadway This Fall In "The Mountaintop"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 9:07 AM
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Looks like it's no longer just conjecture on our part; it's now been officially confirmed by the upcoming show's producers.
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Blair Underwood To Make Broadway Debut In Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 16, 2011 5:36 AM
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The rumor last year was that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith had been approached to play Stanley and Stella Kowalski, in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which was supposedly set to open early this year. That obviously didn't happen, because, well, it simply wasn't true.
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Angela Bassett For "The Mountaintop" Opposite Samuel L. Jackson?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 14, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the video clip below, on the Today Show this morning, Angela Bassett mentions she's currently "weighing coming to New York to do a Broadway show," with her kids starting school in September.