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Date of Birth: May 15, 1953 (63)
Birth Place: Knoxville, TN, USA
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BWW Review: THE PIANO LESSON at Hartford StageBWW Review: THE PIANO LESSON at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - Oct 24, 2016

When is a legacy worth preserving and when is it time to move forward with life? What cost can one pay to jump-start their future? These are some of the central questions tackled in August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON, which is now playing at Hartford Stage. One of Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays (10 plays that shed light on African-American lives in each decade of the 20th century), THE PIANO LESSON - "a ghost story with traditional African-American songs" sits firmly in the 1930's, a time of struggle, change, and a time many African-Americans made the great migration north from the Jim Crow south, looking for a better life. (more...)

Hartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSONHartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by Jade King Carroll, who helmed our critically-acclaimed production of Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years last spring. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Amber Riley Debuts Iconic, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' on The Graham Norton ShowSTAGE TUBE: Amber Riley Debuts Iconic, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' on The Graham Norton Show
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2016

Amber Riley dropped in on The Graham Norton Show this week in support of her upcoming West End turn as Effie White in the first ever UK production of the 1980's classic musical, Dreamgirls. Watch the video below to catch one of the first glimpses of the production as Ms. Riley slays the iconic ballad, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'. (more...)

Official Artwork for UK DREAMGIRLS Revival RevealedOfficial Artwork for UK DREAMGIRLS Revival Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Check out the brand new artwork for the UK's first ever West End production of the musical theatre classic, Dreamgirls. In the picture. the show's stars, including Glee star, Amber Riley strike a pose in gold gowns and 60's style up do's.  (more...)

Hartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSONHartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by Jade King Carroll, who helmed our critically-acclaimed production of Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years last spring. (more...)

BWW Review: Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM is a Stylish and Swanky AffairBWW Review: Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM is a Stylish and Swanky Affair
by Benjamin Tomchik - Aug 12, 2016

Signature Theatre's Jelly's Last Jam is a stylish and swanky affair that radiates with soulful energy. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/11/2016 - REBECCA, FIDDLER's New Fruma-Sarah & More!Broadway AM Report, 8/11/2016 - REBECCA, FIDDLER's New Fruma-Sarah & More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 11, 2016

Today's big news: Broadway's REBECCA scandal appears on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED, the stars of SOMETHING ROTTEN! visit Bryant Park, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF welcomes a new 'Fruma-Sarah' tonight! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Lily Frazer to Join DREAMGIRLS Revival at the Savoy TheatreLily Frazer to Join DREAMGIRLS Revival at the Savoy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

The Daily Mail has reported that actress Lily Frazer will be joining the cast of Casey Nicholaw's upcoming premiere UK production of Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's, Dreamgirls. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch a teaser for the show! (more...)

Felicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreFelicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Jelly's Last Jam directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight). The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's Production of the 60-Year-Old Play TROUBLE IN MIND Starts an Important Conversation that's Still Relevant TodayBWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's Production of the 60-Year-Old Play TROUBLE IN MIND Starts an Important Conversation that's Still Relevant Today
by Jill Schafer - May 26, 2016

Friends, something exciting is going on at the Guthrie Theater. In the wake of (not unjustified) criticism about their lack of diversity onstage and backstage, they are currently presenting a 60-year-old play written by Alice Childress, one of the most important female African-American playwrights of the 20th Century, and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the first African-American woman to ever direct on a Guthrie mainstage. And I'm happy to report that TROUBLE IN MIND succeeds on so many levels. First of all, it's hilarious, engaging, and entertaining, and offers a behind the scenes look at the theater world we love so well. But more importantly, it talks about racism, sexism, classism, ageism in a smart and nuanced way that has as much resonance in today's world as it did in the 1950s NYC theater world depicted in the play. I was fortunate enough to attend on a night when there was a post-show discussion with the cast, which just made the experience that much richer. The best and most important work of theater is to start conversations about the world we live in, give voice to everyone's stories, and in doing so help us to better understand our fellow human beings. Trouble in Mind, and the conversations it will hopefully spark amongst its audience, is a fantastic example of that. (more...)

Amber Riley Talks Auditioning for London's DREAMGIRLS, Vocal Surgery and MoreAmber Riley Talks Auditioning for London's DREAMGIRLS, Vocal Surgery and More
by Jessica Khan - Mar 24, 2016

Following last month's big news that GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE!'s Amber Riley will star as 'Effie' in the UK debut of DREAMGIRLS this winter, the star sat down with the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye to discuss her journey to the iconic role. (more...)

She's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's SoloShe's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's Solo
by Jessica Khan - Feb 6, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported just two days ago, GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will take on the role of 'Effie' when DREAMGIRLS makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. And Riley is no stranger to the musical's challenging anthems. (more...)

GLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This WinterGLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Feb 4, 2016

Big news in the DREAMGIRLS world tonight! The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye just revealed the news that GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will play 'Effie' when the musical makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PIANO LESSON at McCarter is a Must-See!BWW Reviews: THE PIANO LESSON at McCarter is a Must-See!
by Sarah Vander Schaaff - Jan 20, 2016

Jade King Carroll directs an all-star cast in August Wilson's powerful play at McCarter Theatre. (more...)

McCarter Theatre Center Sets Cast of THE PIANO LESSONMcCarter Theatre Center Sets Cast of THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

A struggle between a family's enduring legacy and its chance for a brighter future takes center stage in The Piano Lesson: one of the most critically-acclaimed productions in August Wilson's landmark ten-play American Century Cycle. (more...)

McCarter Theatre Center to Stage August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSONMcCarter Theatre Center to Stage August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

A struggle between a family's enduring legacy and its chance for a brighter future takes center stage in The Piano Lesson: one of the most critically-acclaimed productions in August Wilson's landmark ten-play American Century Cycle.  (more...)

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