Bryan-Keyth Wilson

Bryan-Keyth Wilson



BWW Interview: THE BLACK CARD at THE MATCH- Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!Interview: THE BLACK CARD at THE MATCH
Posted: Feb. 2, 2018

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Tickles the Funny Bone at Queensbury Theatre
December 14, 2018

It's December and the holidays are here whether we like it or not. Cue the tinsel, tidings of great joy and the maple syrup. Yes, the maple syrup!

BWW Interview: Scot Pankey, Theatre Educator, Talks Dramaversity, a New Live Online Performing Arts Academy
December 10, 2018

The performing arts steps out of the box today with the DRAMAVERSITY launch today, December 10, 2018. The live online performing arts academy gives students of all ages, from all over the world, the opportunity to attend performing art classes from the comfort of their home, using a computer or smart device.

November 29, 2018

In a free event, open to the public, The T.R.U.T.H. Project (Telling Real Unapologetic Truth Through Healing) partners with the University of Houston (UH) LGBTQ Resource Center to commemorate World AIDS Day with a multidisciplinary artistic performance entitled I Am Life: An HIV/Stigma Narrative Expressed Through the Experiences of Women.

BWW Review: All Hail THE WIZ at TUTS
October 27, 2018

Though it's 2018 in Houston, Texas, at the height of the 2018 primary election, but thankfully, there's an escape from the tumultuous political climate where blue and red are the subject. The color of today is green.

BWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN at The Grand 1894 Opera House
October 12, 2018

BWW Interview: THE BLACK CARD at THE MATCH- Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!
February 2, 2018

Mr. Gibson couldn't have timed this concert any better. I highly encourage you to celebrate Black History Month at the theatre and get a hearty dose of truth, light and most of all a creative masterpiece known as THE BLACK CARD! See you at the theatre!

BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center
July 4, 2017

In 1994 Disney's animated feature The Lion King was the cartoon movie that broke barriers and was popular with adults and children. With its textual references to William Shakespeare's HAMLET, this age old tale is one that no one needs to go in depth about. In July of 1997, Julie Taymor along with original cartoon creatives Elton John and Tim Rice debuted a Broadway bound music that was sure to revolutionize storytelling. Now 20 years on the boards this lavish musical continues to inspire, empower and entertain. With authentic and visceral musical arrangements by Lebo M, THE LION KING is a theatrical jewel that gleams brightly representing the essence of the Motherland- Africa.

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS
April 9, 2017

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS

April 3, 2017

Walking into the rehearsal studios at TUTS had a different energy on today. I thought I was at the New 42nd St. Rehearsal Studios in NYC, but I was here in H-Town awaiting the gorgeously talented cast of DREAMGIRLS. The energy was high and every press rep in the room had memories of their first introduction to this fabulous piece of American Musical Theatre. The day began with a brief introduction of the cast by TUTS Artistic Supervisor/ show director, Sheldon Epps.

BWW Review: A LESSON BEFORE DYING at The Encore Theatre
February 24, 2017

A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Romulus Linney is based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. I remember reading the book, and I was familiar with the screen adaptation starring Don Cheadle and Mekhi Phifer, but the stage play I didn't know. So, the Encore Theatre's production, directed by Harold J. Haynes, was something I was looking forward to.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center
January 6, 2017

The city of Houston has been on news feeds with its share of religious drama. Kim Burrell's hateful rhetoric towards the gays has caused an uproar in the gay and Christian communities, and now the controversial religious satire musical BOOK OF MORMON, written by SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Robert Lopez (FROZEN), is back in town. The musical opened on Broadway in 2011 and has been pissing off and entertaining packed houses ever since. Last night's show was magnetic; there's a reason why The New York Times says this is the best musical of the century.

December 23, 2016

O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS is a soul-warming depiction of the true meaning of Christmas.

BWW Feature: Salute to Edward Albee
October 10, 2016

It was during my undergrad years at Sam Houston State University that I was introduced to the writings of Edward Albee. Every so often there's a playwright that comes along and changes the landscape of the American Theatre. It was in 1963 when WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? debuted on Broadway and shook the foundation of the theatre world. Albee's work delves into the human psyche with an in-depth view of relationships, marriage, and sex. His presence will be truly missed but his mark on the theatre world is undoubtedly immortal.

BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera House
September 23, 2016

There's not much one can say when you look at the resume of Ben Vereen. I have to admit I thought the email to interview Mr. Vereen was a hoax or a vile trick someone was playing on me. Now the reason I say this is because he is one of my idols and reasons I studied musical theatre in college and left to go to NYC to work professionally. We are familiar with his work with Bob Fosse as the Leading Player in PIPPIN and as Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR but Mr. Vereen still continues to give us the ole razzle dazzle on the stage and on the screen. He's starred in 9 Broadway shows, has received the coveted Antionette Perry Award (The Tony), a Drama Desk Award, and a Prism Award. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, starred in 30 plus movies and television shows, and has a huge crossover career. Ben Vereen hit the scene in Martha Graham's PRODIGAL SON in 1965 and he's been working ever since. I had the esteemed pleasure to sit and talk about his illustrious career and the current projects he's working on currently.

BWW Preview: SASSY MAMAS at The Ensemble
September 20, 2016

As the summer comes to a close the heat is still on within the theatre community in H-Town. We are promised to see rappers at TUTS, Janis Joplin at the Alley and three cougars spicing it up at The Ensemble. The historic Ensemble Theatre is celebrating their 40th Anniversary and they will begin the bill with the tantalizing and steamy regional premiere of SASSY MAMAS by noted playwright Celeste Bedford Walker.

BWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour Continues to Defy Belief at The Hobby Center
July 20, 2016

On October 30, 2003, the institution of what we call American Musical theatre would never be the same. This highly anticipated musical hit Broadway running with box office success and two stars top billed. The wickedly talented Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda) were the talks of the town in Stephen Schwartz's new musical. The magical question is, how do you keep a musical relevant and box office worthy in this day and age when rapping forefathers capture the masses? My answer is, if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. This show evolves in every way, from the music, movement, costume and make-up design we are taken on a magical journey.

BWW Interview: Backstage for WICKED at The Hobby Center
July 7, 2016

On July 5th I had the esteemed pleasure to go backstage with the production staff of WICKED national tour to talk with members of the production staff and watch how they transform the Hobby Center to the magical land of OZ. I also had the pleasure to speak one on one with David O'Brien who serves as the Production Stage Manager. This was definitely a great opportunity for our BWW readers to see what goes on behind the scenes of a hit Broadway national tour.

BWW Review: FENCES at The Ensemble Theatre, a Barricade of Emotion
February 16, 2016

It was circa 1993 when I was introduced to the brilliance of August Wilson by my high school theatre teacher Rodney Sheffield. I remember reading the play in one day, and from then on I was infatuated with Wilson's writing style and dynamic characters. Being a black kid in the theatre, there wasn't much for me to identify with, so Wilson quickly became a theatre icon in my eyes. Fast forward to 2000 and I got to play Cory in my last year of undergrad. My thesis was on the parallels of Wilson's FENCES and Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Here we are 16 years later and this play has crept up on my radar yet again! I had the pleasure of seeing The Ensemble Theatre's production of FENCES during the month of February and it was a great way to start my celebration of Black History Month.

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN, THE MUSICAL Magic, Razzle Dazzle Under the Big Top!
October 24, 2015

The circus is in town and I ain't talking about Barnum & Bailey! The national tour of the 2013 revival of PIPPIN made its way to the Bayou City and I'm hippopotamusly happy to see this tour! When creative geniuses such as Bob Fosse and Stephen Schwartz are at the helm of the original material, there's no denying that a musical theatre maven such as myself would be overzealous.

BWW Feature: Art & Reality at TUTS
September 14, 2015

Whenever art and reality collide there is an unexplainable truth to follow. On August 5, 2015 I had the esteemed pleasure to be one of the few to sit in on a panel discussion with the Humphrey's School of Musical Theatre's (HSMT) cast of RENT and HIV/ AIDS educators from Legacy Community Health Services. Its 2015, people are healthy and living with the disease, so obviously there's no need for a discussion about this now 'livable' disease. According to UNICEF in 2013, there were 240,000 new HIV infections among children in low- and middle-income countries. Other interesting facts about HIV/AIDS in the Black Community: Between 2008-2011, African Americans accounted for: