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Ma Rainey News

Date of Birth: April 26, 1886
Date of Death: December 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Place: Columbus, GA, USA
Gender: Female
Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICALFull Cast and Creative Team Announced for ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Full casting has been announced for One Love: The Bob Marley Musical which premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in March.  (more...)

BWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On BroadwayBWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On Broadway
by Michael Dale - Jan 20, 2017

When August Wilson's Jitney had its 1982 world premiere at Pittsburgh's Allegheny Repertory Theatre, there were no plans for it to serve as 1/10th of the greatest achievement in American drama. But by the time a revised version of that script opened Off-Broadway in 2000, six of the plays that would each represent a decade in his American Century Cycle had made it to Broadway and Wilson was firmly established as one the country's great playwrights. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the 12 Finalists for CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue CompetitionPhoto Flash: Meet the 12 Finalists for CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local high school students to participate in the regional finals for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27. Scroll down to meet the finalists! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American HistoryPhoto Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
by Walter McBride - Jan 18, 2017

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (more...)

Cast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass TheatreCast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces casting for the final two shows of its 2016-2017 season, including the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin in association with Dark Harbor Stories, a company led by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Tom Hodges, as well as the remount of the Jeff Award-winning Moby Dick, adapted from the novel by Herman Melville and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin. (more...)

1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of TREVOR1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of TREVOR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

How would you feel if the person closest to you, someone with whom you interact daily, whom you care for and who cares for you, didn't understand a word you were saying and vice versa? This communication challenge is the point on which balances the story of 200-pound chimpanzee, Trevor and his owner, Sandra. As a one-time commercial and television star alongside the likes of Morgan Fairchild, Trevor is desperate to prove his relevance in a world that has moved on now that he is no longer the adorable baby monkey of his youth. His owner Sandra swears he is still harmless and childlike, protecting herself from the realities of Trevor's dangers and the deep wounds of her own losses. Based on a true story, Trevor is a tale about how relationships, flaws, and excuses can tip-toe a delicate line between side-splitting humor and dangerous misunderstandings. Trevor and Sandra's relationship spins comically and dangerously out of control in this theatrical story by "Orange is the New Black" writer, Nick Jones. The Chicago Sun-Times hailed Trevor as a "hugely entertaining tragicomedy." (more...)

The SOURCE Theatre Company to Celebrate Eulipions & Shadow Theatre CompanyThe SOURCE Theatre Company to Celebrate Eulipions & Shadow Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

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Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Mike Isaacson to Receive CTI's 2017 Robert Whitehead AwardTony-Winning Broadway Producer Mike Isaacson to Receive CTI's 2017 Robert Whitehead Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Mike Isaacson will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing' at a reception at Sardi's on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (more...)

James Anthony Tyler's Timely Comedy DOLPHINS AND SHARKS to Debut at Labyrinth Theater CompanyJames Anthony Tyler's Timely Comedy DOLPHINS AND SHARKS to Debut at Labyrinth Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Labyrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere of the witty and socially poignant production of Dolphins and Sharks by upcoming playwright James Anthony Tyler. The production, which marks Tyler's professional debut, is scheduled for February 9 - March 19 and is directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

Justin Weaks, Frankie Faison, Charlayne Woodard, Roscoe Orman and More Sign on for BUD, NOT BUDDY at Kennedy Center; Full Cast Set!Justin Weaks, Frankie Faison, Charlayne Woodard, Roscoe Orman and More Sign on for BUD, NOT BUDDY at Kennedy Center; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the full casting for the world premiere of Bud, Not Buddy, a new play by Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge, adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's acclaimed Newbury Medal winning novel, with music by world-renowned jazz artist and composer Terence Blanchard. (more...)

Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin's clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (more...)

Tony Winner Phylicia Rashad Named 2017 Women in the Arts Honoree at Steppenwolf TheatreTony Winner Phylicia Rashad Named 2017 Women in the Arts Honoree at Steppenwolf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces stage director, singer and Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad as the 2017 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12noon at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Dr. Ms. Rashad joins Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro for a riveting conversation about her multifaceted career and her role as a leader in the field. (more...)

World Premiere Stage Adaptation of BUD, NOT BUDDY Set for the Kennedy CenterWorld Premiere Stage Adaptation of BUD, NOT BUDDY Set for the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of Bud, Not Buddy, a new play by Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge, adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's acclaimed Newbury Medal-winning novel, with music by world-renowned jazz artist Terence Blanchard. This performance is most enjoyed by patrons age nine and up. (more...)

Pioneer Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's FENCESPioneer Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents Fences, the critically renowned play by August Wilson. The timeless drama about fathers and sons runs January 6 to January 21, 2017. (more...)

Denzel Washington to Adapt August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM for HBODenzel Washington to Adapt August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM for HBO
by TV News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM will be the next project that actor and director Denzel Washington will adapt for the screen. The play, which recently ran at theUK's National Theatre, will be part of Washington's previously announced plan to bring all 10 of the playwright's works to the screen over the next ten years. (more...)

Actors Theatre to Launch the New Year with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILLActors Theatre to Launch the New Year with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. This commanding and moving play, written by Lanie Robertson, directed by Bill Fennelly and featuring Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday, is set in the intimate atmosphere of the Bingham Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Classical Theatre of Harlem's THE FIRST NOEL at The Apollo TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at Classical Theatre of Harlem's THE FIRST NOEL at The Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The Apollo Theater presents The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of THE FIRST NOEL from December 10-18, 2016. Following its world premiere in 2015 on the Theater's soundstage, the Harlem-based holiday musical makes an unprecedented move to the Apollo's mainstage this year, as part of the institution's 'Holidays at the Apollo' programming. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Amphibian Stage Productions to Present Fort Worth Premiere of THE PLEASURE TRIALSAmphibian Stage Productions to Present Fort Worth Premiere of THE PLEASURE TRIALS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Amphibian Stage Productions presents its third and final staged reading of the 2016 season. In a vigorous effort to foster new work, this past year Amphibian has hosted three playwrights in residence to develop their unpublished plays. (more...)

Pamela Rose's Sultry Vocals and Glenn Walter's Smoky Voice Bring FIRE to San FranciscoPamela Rose's Sultry Vocals and Glenn Walter's Smoky Voice Bring FIRE to San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 pm, Pamela Rose, a sultry voiced blues and jazz vocalist will thrill Angelica's audience with her vibrant personality and soulful style. She will be joined in this special Holiday Song Fest evening by her long-time vocal partner, the "King of Retro Cool,' Glenn Walters. Glenn has been described as "one of the most soulful singers in town, his gritty coal-mine voice echoing Otis, Brother Ray and the wicked Mr. Pickett."-SF Chronicle  Together Pamela and Glenn will slide you into the Holiday Spirits with a heartfelt rendition of the 'Christmas Song' and a sexy duet on 'Baby It's Cold Outside'. (more...)

CTG Selects Local Teachers for August Wilson In-School ResidencyCTG Selects Local Teachers for August Wilson In-School Residency
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Center Theatre Group has selected four local high school teachers from three different high schools in Los Angeles to participate in the 2017 August Wilson In-School Residency Program. The in-school residency is a semester-long program that provides Title 1 students with an in-depth study of the work of prolific African American playwright August Wilson and provides opportunities for them to discover their own creative voices. (more...)

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