Black Nativity

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Duke on 42nd Street (New York, NY)
229 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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SteppingStone's Prudence Johnson Puts on Benefit Concert TALES OF A MISSPENT YOUTH on 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Prudence Johnson has been one of SteppingStone Theatre's Music Directors for years, and now she's bringing her friends Kevin Kling and T. Mychael Rambo to the SteppingStone Theatre stage for one beguiling evening. The SteppingStone Theatre is proud to host this special concert, Tales of a Misspent Youth, by Prudence and her friends to benefit SteppingStone Theatre and their programs. (more...)

Jay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Reelz Airs 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE AWARDS Today
by TV News Desk - Mar 1, 2014

The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards will air on Reelz today, March 1, 2014 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT, with an additional broadcast on Oscar Day, Sunday, March 2 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT. (more...)

Tituss Burgess and More to Appear in Broadway Dreams Foundation's TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT at Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) presents TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway concert event, with performances by Broadway's brightest and Atlanta's rising stars. Directed by acclaimed Atlanta-based director and choreographer Otis Sallid (Black Nativity, Smokey Joe's Cafe?), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT is the culmination of a five-day BDF musical theatre intensive where students have the unique opportunity to work with the industry's top directors, choreographers, and writers on new material currently being developed for Broadway. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Struts Her Stuff at Last Night's BET AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Jennifer Hudson strutted her stuff at last night's 2014 BET Awards, performing her new single 'Walk It Out.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Dreams Foundation Presents TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT in Atlanta!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation presented TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway concert event, with performances by Broadway's brightest and Atlanta's rising stars at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Jennie T. Anderson Theater on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30 pm. Directed by acclaimed Atlanta-based director and choreographer Otis Sallid (Black Nativity, Smokey Joe's Cafe), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT was the culmination of a five-day BDF musical theatre intensive where students had the unique opportunity to work with the industry's top directors, choreographers, and writers on new material currently being developed for Broadway. The performance featured work and appearances by film and theatre choreographer Michele Lynch (The Last Five Years, Little Miss Sunshine), the award-winning writing team of Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet direct from DreamWorks, Titus Burgess (Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," The Little Mermaid), Meg Gillentine (The Producers, Cats), Craig D'Amico (Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun), A.J. Lockhart (Bring It On: The Musical), and more. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 6-Year-Old Angelica Hale Wows with 'Let It Go' at BDF's TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
by Stage Tube - Jun 23, 2014

In the video below, 6 year old Angelica Hale wows the audience and teaching artists alike with her performance of 'Let It Go' from Frozen. The little dynamo nearly lost her life in 2012 when an infection ravaged her tiny body and forced her to get a kidney transplant. After the Atlanta concert, BDF connected her with an agent and she's already being considered for a few professional projects. Watch the powerhouse in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Struts Her Stuff in New 'Walk It Out' Video
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Jennifer Hudson struts her stuff in the sassy new music video for her single 'Walk It Out'. (more...)

Playwrights' Center Sets 2014-15 McKnight Theater Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The Playwrights' Center has announced the 2014-15 recipients of its McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships: costume designer Mathew LeFebvre; actor, director and choreographer Austene Van and actor Sally Wingert. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Gives Emotional Acceptance Speech at PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

Platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson received the second annual People's Choice Award for 'Favorite Humanitarian' last night. (more...)

Beyonce, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle & More Among 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees; Full List Revealed!
by TV News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. David Oyelowo ('Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'), Joe Morton (ABC's 'Scandal'), Keke Palmer (VH1's 'CrazySexyCool'), Bresha Webb (TV One's 'Love That Girl') and Gina Torres (USA's 'Suits') announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins. (more...)

Vivian Reed, Deborah Cox & More Set for Amas Musical Theatre's THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Countess of Storyville, LLC has announced complete casting for its upcoming developmental workshop of The Countess of Storyville, a new musical by Martin Silvestri (music), Joel Higgins (lyrics) andR.M. Cohen (book). This epic story of lust, love, mystery and murder will begin performances on February 12, 2014 at The Peter J. Sharp Theatre(416 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) and continue through February 15. Lynne Taylor-Corbett directs. (more...)

12 YEARS A SLAVE Among 2014 ABFF Hollywood Awards Nominaitons; Full List Announced
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

Film Life, Inc., the organization that produces the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced the nominations for The ABFF Hollywood Awards an online platform created to recognize the work of persons of African descent in the motion picture industry and outstanding films portraying the Black experience (more...)

SOUND OF MUSIC's Audra McDonald Among Nominees for 2014 Black Reel Awards
by TV News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Audra McDonald (Porgy & Bess, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade), who portrayed Mother Abbess in NBC's live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has received a 2014 Black Reel Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series. (more...)

August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING to Begin 1/22 at American Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

American Stage Theatre Company kicks off the new year with August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. They are excited to present their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. Previews are January 22 and 23. Opening Night is January 24 and the production runs through February 23, 2014. (more...)

Jennifer Hudson to Receive PEOPLE'S CHOICE 'Favorite Humanitarian' Award
by TV News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

The People's Choice Awards announced today that platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will receive the second annual People's Choice Award for "Favorite Humanitarian," (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Holliday Performs New Song 'Nobody Does It Better' on THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

'Dreamgirls' star Jennifer Holliday stopped by ABC's THE VIEW and performed a song from her new solo album, 'The Song is You.' Check out the appearance below! (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE, THE OTHER PLACE Set for Park Square Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Park Square Theatre will shake the rafters and raise the roof off its 348-seat proscenium theatre next year with one of its largest musicals ever, featuring the largest all-African-American cast in its history. The Twin Cities first local production of the blockbuster musical The Color Purple will take to the company's proscenium stage in January 2015 under the leadership of director/choreographer Lewis Whitlock III. Made famous by Oprah Winfrey, the musical tells the intimate story of one woman's soaring triumph over oppression and abuse. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday Signs Copies of THE SONG IS YOU at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

According to a post on Jennifer Holliday's Facebook page, the Broadway star and singer will appear at the Barnes & Noble Upper East Side (86th and Lexington in NYC) to sign copies and celebrate the release of her new album 'The Song Is You' today, January 24, 2014. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Watch Music Video for Jennifer Hudson's 'I Can't Describe'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Below, get a first look at Jennifer Hudson's hot new video for her new single 'I Can't Describe' (The Way I Feel) featuring feat. T.I. The song is available now at iTunes: IQId... and Amazon! (more...)

MILEY CYRUS and JENNIFER HUDSON to Perform at Pre-Grammy Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Billboard.com reports Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala, set to take place this upcoming Saturday, will undoubtedly include performances by numerous big names in music, including Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Lorde, and a surprise legendary musical icon. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE's Meet & Greet with Deborah Cox and Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Amas Musical Theatre and The Countess of Storyville, LLC will present a developmental workshop of the new musical by Martin Silvestri (music), Joel Higgins (lyrics) and R.M. Cohen (book). This epic story of lust, love, mystery and murder will begin performances on February 12, 2014 at The Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) and continue through February 15. Lynne Taylor-Corbett directs. Below, check out a look back at the cast's meet and greet and first rehearsal earlier this week! (more...)

American Stage Presents August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

American Stage Theatre Company kicks off the new year with August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. They are excited to present their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. Previews are tonight, January 22 and 23. Opening Night is January 24 and the production runs through February 23, 2014. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Carla R. Stewart as Oda Mae in GHOST is Sure to Entertain
by Kathy Strain - Jan 21, 2014

According to the show website, 'GHOST THE MUSICAL takes you on a thrilling adventure to the afterlife. You will be amazed to see inanimate objects take on a life of their own, a person walk through a solid door right before your eyes and other special effects that will astonish and leave you gasping.' (more...)

August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING Begins Tonight at American Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

American Stage Theatre Company kicks off the new year with August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. They are excited to present their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. Previews are tonight, January 22 and January 23. Opening Night is January 24 and the production runs through February 23, 2014. (more...)

Reelz to Air 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE AWARDS, 3/1; Full List of Nominations Announced
by TV News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards will air on Reelz on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT, with an additional broadcast on Oscar Day, Sunday, March 2 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT. (more...)

Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey & More Among First SAG AWARD Presenters Announced
by Movies News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

Jennifer Holliday to Sign Copies of THE SONG IS YOU at Barnes & Noble, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

According to a post on Jennifer Holliday's Facebook page, the Broadway star and singer will appear at the Barnes & Noble Upper East Side (86th and Lexington) to sign copies and celebrate the release of her new album 'The Song Is You' on Friday, January 24, 2014. (more...)

BWW TV: Vivian Reed & Deborah Cox Talk THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 14, 2014

Amas Musical Theatre and The Countess of Storyville, present a developmental workshop of the new musical by Martin Silvestri (music), Joel Higgins (lyrics) and R.M. Cohen (book). This epic story of lust, love, mystery and murder will begin performances on February 12, 2014 at The Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) and continue through February 15. Lynne Taylor-Corbett directs. The show's stars, Vivian Reed and Deborah Cox chatted with BroadwayWorld about the production and you can check out what they had to say below! (more...)

American Stage Adds 2/23 Performance of 2 TRAINS RUNNING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

American Stage Theatre Company is excited to announce an added performance for August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. Due to many shows selling out, American Stage has added one last performance on Sunday, February 23 at 8 pm. This production is their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY Lights Up Brunswick Christmas
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Dec 9, 2013

In 1961 at the 41st Street Theatre in New York City, African-American poet-playwright Langston Hughes premiered a work called Black Nativity, a collection of gospel songs punctuated by Hughes's own verse narrating the birth of Jesus. After a very short run, the only souvenir of that historic event was a rare LP recording. More than a half century later, Maine musicologist Aaron Robinson has collaborated with Bowdoin College conductor and choral director Anthony Antolini to mount a revised version of Hughes' original work. Entitled Black Nativity In Concert - A Gospel Celebration, Robinson has utilized Hughes' original texts, adding a few plus some Biblical verse, as well. For the musical settings he relied on transcribing the recording and arranging several songs himself. Performed yesterday by the seventy-five person Bowdoin Chorus, conducted by Antolini, with Roy Partridge as narrator, Jennifer McIvor on piano, and Sean Fleming on the Hammond organ, the concert in Studzkinski Recital Hall drew an overflowing crowd, many of whom were relegated to watching on lobby monitors. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 8, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 8, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 8, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 8, 2013

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TELLIN' IT ON THE MOUNTAIN Presented by Black Theatre Troupe, Now thru Dec 22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Black Theatre Troupe is bringing in the Holiday season with the inspiring and highly entertaining musical TELLIN' IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, today, December 6 through December 22, 2013 at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Audra McDonald & More Set for NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City tonight, Dec. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The star-studded holiday special is hosted by 'Today' anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, and will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jewel, Leona Lewis, Audra McDonald and The Rockettes. (more...)

AUDIO: First Listen - Jennifer Holliday's THE SONG IS YOU, Out Jan 21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2013

On January 21, 2014, Shanachie Entertainment/Euphonic Records will release Jennifer Holliday's highly anticipated label debut, The Song Is You, an enchanting collection of R&B and Jazz numbers that showcase Holliday at her best. Listen to a sampling of the album below! (more...)

American Stage to Present August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING, 1/22-2/23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2013

American Stage Theatre Company kicks off the new year with August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. They are excited to present their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. Previews are January 22 and 23. Opening Night is January 24 and the production runs through February 23, 2014. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday, Chita Rivera, Steve Kazee and More Set for 54 Below for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond, including Jennifer Holliday, Chita Rivera, Jeff Daniels, Steve Kazee, After Midnight Swings the Holiday and more. Details below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Black Rep's Joyful Presentation of BLACK NATIVITY
by Chris Gibson - Dec 18, 2013

One of the worst things that can happen to a theatre group is to lose its venue, and that's precisely what happened to The Black Rep. But, it's the season to give thanks, and in that spirit, we celebrate the fact that Harris-Stowe State University has graciously offered up the Emerson Performance Theatre as a place for the Black Rep to stage their current season. The first production in their new digs is the wonderful Black Nativity: A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. (more...)

FROZEN's 'Let It Go' Among Original Songs Up for 2013 Oscar
by Movies News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. (more...)

NBC Airs MICHAEL BUBLE'S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Buble returns to NBC with 'Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special' tonight, Dec. 18 (10 p.m. ET/PT). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/15/2013
by BWW - Dec 15, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/15/2013 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/15/2013
by BWW - Dec 15, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/15/2013 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 12/15/2013
by BWW - Dec 15, 2013

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Jennifer Holliday to Release First Solo Album in 23 Years- THE SONG IS YOU
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Jennifer Holliday is undeniably one of R&B and Broadway's greatest voices. Endowed with a commanding and irresistible voice, immeasurable range and artistry that few can rival, Holliday has long stood in a class by herself. The dynamic songstress' now legendary show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad "And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going" in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie "Melody" White, a role she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for eight performances a week, but also garnered her a Tony-Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy-Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. From Broadway to major TV appearances including (Ellen, Ally McBeal and Touched By An Angel) and half-a-dozen soundtrack credits, Jennifer Holliday is one of the most distinctive, enviable and revered voices in modern music. Through the years, Holliday has collaborated with everyone from Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster and Paul Simon, to Michael Jackson, Maurice White and Foreigner. She has also sung with the Boston Pops and The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra with Peter Nero, among numerous other esteemed orchestras. She considers herself to be a Broadway Baby and theater continues to be a significant part of her career. Her illustrious resume includes such theatre credits as Sing Mahalia Sing: The Mahalia Jackson Story, Downhearted Blues: The Bessie Smith Story, Harlem Suite (with Aretha Franklin), Chicago (starring as "Mama Morton"), Grease (starring as "Teen Angel") and Black Nativity (starring as the "Angel of God"). The in-demand star has also been invited to participate in Chaka Khan's induction into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame ceremony to take place June 10 at the Apollo Theatre and broadcast later on BET. Considering herself a "bi-partisan songbird," Jennifer is both honored and grateful to have performed at the White House for President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. (more...)

Deborah Hedwall, Patricia Hodges & More to Star in Peccadillo Theater's A LOSS OF ROSES; Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The OBIE, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award-winning Peccadillo Theater Company, in association with La Femme Theatre Productions, has announced the full cast for the play's first NY revival as well as the New York City premiere of the published version of William Inge's A Loss of Roses. Performances begin May 8th (not May 7th as previously announced) at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, NYC, and continuing through June 7th, 2014. The play opens officially on May 12th at 7 PM. (more...)

Post Foods' Honeycomb Invites Fans To 'Shine On' With Teen Sensation Jacob Latimore
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Post Honeycomb launched today an exciting program in collaboration with recording artist, actor and teen sensation Jacob Latimore, to encourage teens nationwide to showcase their creativity. Honeycomb 'Shine On' aims to inspire teens and tweens through a series of playful social challenges on Instagram. Fans can embark on a creative journey along with their friends, taking on new challenges for a chance to win exciting prizes, including the chance to meet Jacob Latimore. (more...)

BLACK NATIVITY Starring Jennifer Hudson Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2014

Academy Award-winning superstar Jennifer Hudson stars in the stage-to-screen adaptation of the classic Langston Hughes drama Black Nativity, which has now been released on DVD and Blu-ray. (more...)

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