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New Holiday Musical Event LIGHT IT UP! Premieres At Cleveland Play House Photo New Holiday Musical Event LIGHT IT UP! Premieres At Cleveland Play House
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 3, 2021

Cleveland Play House presents the world premiere of Light It Up!, a family-friendly musical extravaganza written and composed by Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Durond Thompson.

BWW Preview: NEWS ABOUT CPH, BORDERLINE FESTIVAL, BECK CENTER, CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM, Photo BWW Preview: NEWS ABOUT CPH, BORDERLINE FESTIVAL, BECK CENTER, CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM, WICKED @ PhSQ., BW THEATRE PROGRAM
by Roy Berko - Jul 21, 2021

The 2021 BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival announces the lineup for the 2021 BorderLight VIRTUAL Fringe Festival, which includes 33 distinct live streamed and on-demand virtual works, interactive and genre-bending online experiences, as well as self-guided audio adventures.

Cleveland Play House Announces 2021-2022 Season Photo Cleveland Play House Announces 2021-2022 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2021

Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Laura Kepley has announced the 2021-2022 mainstage season lineup of plays for the Tony Award recipient’s 106th consecutive season. Launching in October 2021, the productions for CPH’s dynamic five-play in-person season will start small and grow in size and scale as the season progresses.

Samm-Art Williams' HOME Directed by Kenny Leon to Launch Roundabout's The Refocus Pro Photo Samm-Art Williams' HOME Directed by Kenny Leon to Launch Roundabout's The Refocus Project
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting The Refocus Project, a multi-year project to elevate and restore marginalized plays to the American canon. On Friday, April 30 the project will launch with Samm-Art Williams’ 90-minute drama HOME directed by Roundabout’s Senior Resident Director Kenny Leon.

CPH Presents Uplifting Holiday Concert SONGS FROM THE FIRST NOEL Photo CPH Presents Uplifting Holiday Concert SONGS FROM THE FIRST NOEL
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 18, 2020

Cleveland Play House celebrates the holiday season with an uplifting musical concert Songs From The First Noel on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

BWW Review: CLEVELAND THEATRE IN THE PANDEMIC Photo BWW Review: CLEVELAND THEATRE IN THE PANDEMIC
by Roy Berko - Dec 15, 2020

With pop, gospel, and reimagined classics, The First Noel tells the story of a family that must confront the grief of the past in order to reunite and celebrate the joy of the present. Join Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb and CWRU/CPH MFA alum Lelund Durond Thompson for a special behind-the-scenes look of their musical The First Noel. This holiday concert will feature performances of select songs and exclusive interviews with the creative team. A moving and uplifting gift for the entire family!

Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and Special Guest, Tony nominee Joaquin Photo Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and Special Guest, Tony nominee Joaquina Kalukango
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Nov 23, 2020

Today's episode features beloved Broadway beltress Eden Espinosa, who is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Listen as she chats about finding peace in the chaos of the pandemic, how she has coped with life without live theatre, and so much more.

BWW Blog: A Webb-isode with Broadway's Jason Michael Webb Photo BWW Blog: A Webb-isode with Broadway's Jason Michael Webb
by Student Blogger: Kyle Morales - Oct 29, 2020

What do Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jason Michael Webb have in common? Both share similar last names, and both are well-acclaimed Broadway composers who have been recognized with Special Tony Awards.

National Black Theatre Closes Its 50th Anniversary Season With  125th & FREEDOM Photo National Black Theatre Closes Its 50th Anniversary Season With 125th & FREEDOM
by Rebecca Russo - Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) will close out its golden anniversary season this Saturday, June 29 with the final performance of 125th & FREEdom. . Created, written and choreographed by Ebony Noelle Golden, 125th & FREEdom is a five-hour, immersive public performance dance piece that is part dance party, part parade, part protest and ritual performance, and all Harlem. Exploring the question, "If Harriet Tubman were alive today, how would she free Black people?" the program transforms Harlem's iconic corridor into a stage with performances along 125th Street from the East River to the Hudson River. The piece, free and open to the public, premiered on June 8 and is the culmination of a 50th anniversary season for the trailblazing theatre which also saw productions including In Perpetual Flight: The Black Body in Migration, a special in-progress staged reading of the musical WiLDFLOWER by Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Durond Thompson, and The Mothers of the Movement: The Black Woman She Does Exist.

Photo Flash: Tshidi Manye, Quentin Earl Darrington and More in National Black Theatre Photo Photo Flash: Tshidi Manye, Quentin Earl Darrington and More in National Black Theatre-Apollo Theater's Concert Reading of WiLDFLOWER
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2019

The Apollo Theater Salon Series in partnership with Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) presented two special performances of the new musical WiLDFLOWER on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at the Apollo Theater Soundstage. WiLDFLOWER, a full-length musical with book, music and lyrics by Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Durond Thompson, featured Broadway stars Tshidi Manye (The Lion King) and Quentin Earl Darrington (Once on this Island) performing before a packed house on both night.

Cast Announced for National Black Theatre & Apollo Theater Concert Reading Of WiLDFLO Photo Cast Announced for National Black Theatre & Apollo Theater Concert Reading Of WiLDFLOWER
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 18, 2019

The Apollo Theater Salon Series in partnership with Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) will present WiLDFLOWER, the staged concert reading of the full-length musical with book, music and lyrics by Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Durond Thompson. The performance, directed by Logan Vaughn and starring Broadway stars Tshidi Manye (The Lion King) and Quentin Earl Darrington (Once on this Island), will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, on the Apollo Theater Soundstage.

Saycon Sengbloh to Headline Actor's Express Gala Photo Saycon Sengbloh to Headline Actor's Express Gala
by Julie Musbach - Apr 10, 2018

Actor's Express will present its gala Broadway at Atlanta Contemporary on Saturday, May 5 from 7-10 PM. The 2018 Gala will feature Broadway and TV star actress Saycon Sengbloh with special guest Eric Graise. The evening will be held at Atlanta Contemporary and filled with live Broadway entertainment, delicious food and drinks, and unique live and silent auctions all to benefit AE during our 30th Anniversary Season.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Daniel Beaty's EMERGENCY Photo Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Daniel Beaty's EMERGENCY
by Julie Musbach - Feb 5, 2018

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with Daniel Beaty's solo theatrical tour-de-force, Emergency, on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8pm and Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3pm.  Originally titled Emergence-SEE when it made its New York premiere at the Public Theater in 2006 under the direction of Kenny Leon, the show has since toured nationally and internationally, earning Beaty a 2007 Obie Award for Writing & Performing and a 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance.

The Joyce Presents Ronald K. Brown's Contemporary Dance Company EVIDENCE Photo The Joyce Presents Ronald K. Brown's Contemporary Dance Company EVIDENCE
by Stephi Wild - Jan 20, 2018

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is pleased to welcome the return of world renowned dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown and his groundbreaking contemporary dance company, EVIDENCE, from February 6-11 at The Joyce Theater. The mixed-bill program will include the world premiere of Den of Dreams, performed by Brown with Arcell Cabuag, and the company premiere of Dancing Spirit. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$46, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.

PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES and More Round Out NYMF's Lineup; 2017 Events & More Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) announced today its final selections for 2017 NYMF. A series of developmental readings, invited productions, concerts and Beta Events will join the previously announced programming.

Photo Flash: The Ensemble Theatre Dances into its Holiday Musical THE FIRST NOEL
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 23, 2016

The Ensemble Theatre dances a step further into its 40th anniversary season with the holiday musical, The First Noel, Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb, Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris, and Musical Direction by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde, Opening Night and media reception, Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Magical Family Show CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS to Return to Miller Theatre for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2016

Last year, Miller Theatre inaugurated a new holiday season tradition: Carnival of the Animals, in a surreally playful production designed and directed by Lake Simons.

Photo 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!

The Ensemble Theatre Dances Into the Holidays with THE FIRST NOEL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The Ensemble Theatre dances a step further into its 40th anniversary season with the holiday musical, THE FIRST NOEL, with book, music, and lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb. The show, directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris with musical direction by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde, opens today November 17, 2016.

Photo Coverage: The Apollo Launches Holiday Show- THE FIRST NOEL!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 16, 2016

The Apollo Theater will soon present 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.

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