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Review: EVERYBODY at The Alliance Photo Review: EVERYBODY at The Alliance
by Jennifer Skura Boutell - Sep 25, 2022

What did our critic think of EVERYBODY at The Alliance?Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's EVERYBODY is a beautiful reminder that in the end, even with your faculties about you, your deeds and your love are all that go with you to the grave—that is, if you can manage to accept them.

EVERYBODY Opens Alliance Theatre's Season Next Month Photo EVERYBODY Opens Alliance Theatre's Season Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Aug 5, 2022

​​​​​​​Rehearsals started this week for the Alliance Theatre's season opener, EVERYBODY, by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.  EVERYBODY, which is co-directed by Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, marks the final production of Booth's 21-year tenure as the Alliance Theatre's Jennings Hertz Artistic Director.

Photos: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY Opens At Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Photo Photos: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY Opens At Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022

The revival of Pearl Cleage's rich and beautiful work 'Blues for an Alabama Sky' opened Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 8 p.m. at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Go inside the starry opening night below!

BWW Review: 'to the yellow house' at La Jolla Playhouse explores the art of persevera Photo BWW Review: 'to the yellow house' at La Jolla Playhouse explores the art of perseverance by Vincent van Gogh
by E.H. Reiter - Nov 24, 2021

La Jolla Playhouse brings the world premiere  “to the yellow house” and an important period in the life of Vincent van Gogh to life through December 12th. 

Cast & Creative Team Announced for World Premiere of TO THE YELLOW HOUSE at La Jolla  Photo Cast & Creative Team Announced for World Premiere of TO THE YELLOW HOUSE at La Jolla Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2021

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of to the yellow house, by Kimber Lee (tokyo fish story), directed by former Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller (Playhouse’s Light Up the Sky), running November 16 – December 12 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre.

Hero Theatre Awarded Sundance Institute Arts Organization; Staged Reading Announced Photo Hero Theatre Awarded Sundance Institute Arts Organization; Staged Reading Announced
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 2, 2021

Designated one of 18 U.S.-based BIPOC-led arts organizations to be awarded an Arts Organization Grant by the Sundance Institute this past week, Hero Theatre has announced casting for a staged reading of Flex that will open its 10th anniversary season at Downtown L.A.'s Inner-City Arts on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

BWW Interview: Doris Bumpus of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at 42nd Street Moo Photo BWW Interview: Doris Bumpus of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at 42nd Street Moon Portrays the Iconic Billie Holiday in Song and Struggle
by Jim Munson - May 7, 2021

The latest offering in 42nd Street Moon’s 2021 Moonbeams series is a new virtual production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Doris Bumpus as the legendary Billie Holiday. Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Brandon Jackson with musical direction by Marcus McCauley, the play is both a celebration of Holiday as a musical icon and an exploration of her experience as a Black woman in America. Ultimately, it is a testament to the power of the human spirit to persevere in spite of incredible adversity. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is available to stream through May 30, 2021. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit 42ndstmoon.org/moonbeams. BroadwayWorld caught up with Ms. Bumpus earlier this week in Miami, where she was celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary. The Michigan native grew up singing in church, taking on her first solo at the tender age of five. The actor/singer/producer has her own production company, D’Sunflower Productions, and also has a pair of EP’s on iTunes, including her most recent release, “God Bless the Child,” which pays tribute to Billie Holiday. Her wide-ranging Bay Area theater credits include playing Dorothy Gale in 'The Wiz' and Effie White in 'Dreamgirls,' receiving a Pan Arts Award for Best Lead Actress for both. 42nd Street Moon audiences will remember her as Jewel in 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.' In conversation, Bumpus is easily chatty and ebullient, and her joy in being a working actor is palpable.

Garry Marshall Theatre Adds Performances of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Photo Garry Marshall Theatre Adds Performances of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Sarah Hookey - May 23, 2019

Garry Marshall Theatre has added performances of Deidrie Henry starring in the Tony Award winning Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, which now must close Sunday, June 9, 2019. 

BWW Review: Deidrie Henry Creates a Memorable LADY DAY Photo BWW Review: Deidrie Henry Creates a Memorable LADY DAY
by Don Grigware - May 20, 2019

Just a warning to those who think that Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a musical revue of Billie Holiday's greatest hits. Lanie Robertson's work is a very heavy play with music featuring brilliant Deidrie Henry front and center baring her soul in one of Holiday's last performances in 1959 before her death. Incredible musicians Abdul Hamid Royal as musical director and as Jimmy Powers at the ivories and James Leary on bass add immense flavor to the evening, currently onstage under the outstanding direction of Gregg T. Daniel, at the Garry Marshall Theatre through June 2 only.

Photo Flash: Garry Marshall Theatre's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL In Rehearsal Photo Photo Flash: Garry Marshall Theatre's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL In Rehearsal
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2019

Garry Marshall Theatre presents Deidrie Henry in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson for 15 performances May 15 to June 2, 2019 (press opening is Friday, May 17). The director is Gregg T. Daniel and playing Jimmy Powers is musical director Abdul Hamid Royal.  Daniel most recently directed The Mountaintop for Garry Marshall Theatre.

Deidrie Henry Videos

STAGE TUBE: Phylicia Rashad on Directing A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2012

Ebony Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's American classic 'A Raisin in the Sun,' playing at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre, opened last night with performances continuing through February 19, 2012. Cast members include (in alphabetical order) Kenya Alexander, Keith Arthur Bolden, Brandon David Brown, Kevin T. Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson, Kem Saunders, Kim Staunton and Ellis E. Williams. In the video below, go behind the scenes of opening night!

BWW TV: PARADE at the Mark Taper Forum
by Eddie Varley - Oct 10, 2009

London's Donmar Warehouse production of PARADE, presented by the Center Theatre Group at the Los Angeles Music Center, had its U.S. premiere Sunday, October 4, 2009 at the Mark Taper Forum.

BWW TV: Stage Tube - PARADE Starring T.R. Knight
by Robert Diamond - Oct 8, 2009

'Parade,' which features T.R. Knight playing the historical figure Leo Frank and Lara Pulver reprising her role as his wife, Lucille Frank, started rehearsals this week. The Center Theatre Group's presentation of the Donmar Warehouse production began previews September 24, 2009, and opened at the Mark Taper Forum on October 4. Performances continue through November 15.