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BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby CenterBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center
Posted: Jan. 6, 2017


BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera HouseBWW Interviews: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT
Posted: Sep. 23, 2016


BWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS at A.D. PlayersBWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS
Posted: Dec. 23, 2016


BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTSBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS
Posted: Apr. 9, 2017


BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby CenterBWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center
Posted: Jul. 4, 2017


BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby CenterBWW 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 TUTSBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS
April 9, 2017

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS

BWW Feature: DREAMGIRLS at TUTSBWW Feature: DREAMGIRLS 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 TheatreBWW 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 CenterBWW 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.

BWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS at A.D. PlayersBWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS at A.D. Players
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 AlbeeBWW 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 HouseBWW 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 EnsembleBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 EmotionBWW 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!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 TUTSBWW 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:

BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS at SRO is Rousing Ammunition for Thought!BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS at SRO is Rousing Ammunition for Thought!
July 15, 2015

If you are socially conscious or have some type of social media account, you are well aware of the social injustices that seem to flood the timelines. In this past year, we have witnessed young black men assassinated at the hands of police officers as well as a massacre in Charleston, South Carolina where a deranged racist killed nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Hashtags such as #Handsupdontshoot and #BlackLivesMatter have become the popular catch phrases in the juggernaut of social media. I know you are asking, 'What in the hell does this have to do with ASSASSINS the musical?' This show addresses so much more than the psychopathic motives of the nine assassins; it makes one question the gun control laws of then and now. Going into the theatre, I was excited to see a musical that I love and know very well, but my thoughts changed immediately at curtain call.

BWW Reviews: TRAV'LIN at The Ensemble Moves into Our Hearts and SoulsBWW Reviews: TRAV'LIN at The Ensemble Moves into Our Hearts and Souls
July 2, 2015

Many theatre companies stay true to the commercial theatre blueprint, and then there's The Ensemble! The Ensemble was founded in 1976 by George Hawkins. His mission was to create a theatre that would provide diverse roles for black artists. Here we are 39 years later and The Ensemble is taking the Houston theatre scene by storm with their Houston premiere of TRAV'LIN - the 1930's Harlem Musical.

BWW Reviews: GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE at The Alley Is Pimped Out Piano PerfectionBWW Reviews: GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE at The Alley Is Pimped Out Piano Perfection
June 23, 2015

Growing up listening to a vast array of music, my ear fell in love with the classics and one particular song entitled 'Summertime' touched my heart and ears. The Gershwin's music is a staple in the history of American Music, and I was ecstatic to see The Alley Theatre's production of GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE.

BWW Reviews: FADE TO BLACK PLAY FESTIVAL at The Queensbury Theatre Bold, Black & Brilliantly-BeautifulBWW Reviews: FADE TO BLACK PLAY FESTIVAL at The Queensbury Theatre Bold, Black & Brilliantly-Beautiful
June 13, 2015

Last night I had the privilege to go to the 3rd annual FADE TO BLACK playwright's festival. Houston has its share of fringe events, but there wasn't a playwright's festival celebrating the works of black playwrights until Denise O'Neal conceived the FADE TO BLACK festival. In their 3rd year of operation, the FADE TO BLACK festival is on the rise and serves as a platform for the creative voices of black theatre artists of the future. Not only do the playwrights get the chance to show their work, actors and directors have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles. An esteemed panel of judges read a lot of plays and narrowed it down to 10 titles that were rehearsed and presented last night.

BWW Reviews: THE MUSIC MAN at TUTS, Marches Into Our Hearts!BWW Reviews: THE MUSIC MAN at TUTS, Marches Into Our Hearts!
May 13, 2015


BWW Reviews: DIE WALKURE at Houston Grand Opera, WunderbarBWW Reviews: DIE WALKURE at Houston Grand Opera, Wunderbar
May 1, 2015

Incest, power trips and a rebel with a cause are a few of the things we see in Houston Grand Opera's production DIE WALKRE. I like to think of the opera world as an elaborate wine list. Delectable notes from a fine Merlot, Riesling or Chablis, and Houston Grand Opera's current season is packed full of operas and musicals that are sure to please any musical pallet. We are introduced to DIE WALKRE which is the second installment in DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN (The Ring of the Nibelung) better known as The Ring Cycle. The other operas in the cycle include DAS RHEINGOLD, SIEGFRIED and GTTERDMMERUNG.



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