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Photo Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble Theater's THE OTHER CINDERELLA
by Ashlee Latimer - Dec 4, 2016

The cast of The Other Cinderella includes Mark J.P. Hood, best known as a finalist on The Voice Season 10, as the Prince, with Jessica Seals (Cinderella), Rhonda Preston (Stepmother), Melanie McCullough (Stepsister Geneva), Miciah Long (Stepsister Margarite), Kylah Frye (Fairygodmama), Dwight Neal (King), Shari Addison (Queen), Kyle Smith (Page), Brandon Lavell (Groundhog), Henri Slater (Peanut Butter),Trequon Tate (Attendant), and Paige Hauer (Dorothy).

THE OTHER CINDERELLA to Waltz Into Black Ensemble Theater This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with the family-friendly, holiday favorite The Other Cinderella, written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles.

THE OTHER CINDERELLA to Waltz Into Black Ensemble Theater This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with the family-friendly, holiday favorite The Other Cinderella, written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles.

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Presents TEDDY PENDERGRASS
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 5, 2016

Teddy Pendergrass was considered to be soul music's number one sex symbol in the '70s with songs like "Turn Off The Lights," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Wake Up Everybody." He was on top of the world and at the height of his career in 1982 when a devastating car accident left him a quadriplegic. Teddy Pendergrass passed away in 2010 having lived with his challenge for 28 years. His story demonstrates that the greatness of the human spirit will never be defeated, no matter the challenges that we face in life.

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.

Photo Flash: New Photos of THE JACKIE WILSON STORY at Black Ensemble
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 8, 2016

The Jackie Wilson Story returns to Chicago after an extremely successful opening in 2000 and remount in 2011, plus a national tour in 2002, which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City. This high-energy and touching story follows the career of one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived.  

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Theater to Present The Jackie Wilson Story
by Ashlee Latimer - Aug 6, 2016

The Jackie Wilson Story returns to Chicago after an extremely successful opening in 2000 and remount in 2011, plus a national tour in 2002, which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City. This high-energy and touching story follows the career of one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived.

Black Ensemble Theater to Present THE JACKIE WILSON STORY
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 1, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater continues the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with The Jackie Wilson Story, written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. The Jackie Wilson Story will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, July 30-September 4, 2016.  The official press opening is Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  Preview dates for the production are July 30-31 and August 5-6, 2016. 

Photo Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble Theater's THE MARVIN GAYE STORY
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 13, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continues the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Daryl D. Brooks. The Marvin GayeStory (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend) will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, June 12 - July 10, 2016. The official press opening is Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 pm. Preview dates for the production are June 4, 5, 10 and 11.

Black Ensemble Theater to Continue 40th Anniversary Season with THE MARVIN GAYE STORY
by Tyler Peterson - May 20, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continues the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) withThe Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Daryl D. Brooks. The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend) will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, June 12 - July 10, 2016. The official press opening is Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 pm. Preview dates for the production are June 4, 5, 10 and 11.

Photo Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble's THOSE SENSATION SOULFUL '60S and DOO WOP SHOO BOP
by Louisa Brady - Feb 21, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater's 40th anniversary season opens with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s, running in repertory. Both shows opened today, February 21st. Scroll down to see photos of the productions!

Photo Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black Ensemble
by Sally Henry Fuller - Dec 20, 2015

What happens when you put Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight together in the same room for a day? Well you certainly get some great nostalgic music that's for sure. Originally presented in 2001, Dynamite Divas will also feature Divas from the past such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone, December 12, 2015 - January 24, 2016.

Black Ensemble Theater Extends Etta James Tribute AT LAST
by Anna Bencivengo - Nov 21, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the two-week extension of its wildly popular production, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James will now run at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, through January 11, 2015.

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 8th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 8, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards are back with nominations open now! Plus the Jeff Awards on Monday night, three acclaimed recent openings, two shows proudly closing, three local shows that may never end, and NBC's live 'Peter Pan' is ready to fly!

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Black Ensemble Theater's AT LAST: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 7, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the return of the Black Ensemble classic At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James is presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, September 27-December 28, 2014. Check out a first look at highlights below!

Photo Flash: AT LAST: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES
by Sally Henry Fuller - Oct 5, 2014

Black Ensemble Theatre Presents At Last: a Tribute to Etta James, through Dec. 28. Candace Edwards, Arzula Gardner, Melanie McCullough, Alanna Taylor and Yahdina Udeen play Etta James with each actress representing a certain time in her career.

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE MARVELOUS MARVELETTES, Now Through 9/7
by Courtnie Mele - Jul 20, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the world premiere musical The Marvelous Marvelettes directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles. The Marvelous Marvelettes will be presented at the BlackEnsemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, July 18-September 7, 2014.

Black Ensemble Theater Presents TO MOTHER - WITH LOVE (A CONCERT JUST FOR HER) Today
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2013

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor announces a special Mother's Day concert, To Mother - With Love (A Concert Just For Her), featuring the stars of Black Ensemble. The one-day-only concert will be held on Mother's Day, today, May 12 at 3 p.m. at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago.

Black Ensemble Theater to Present TO MOTHER - WITH LOVE (A CONCERT JUST FOR HER), 5/12
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2013

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor announces a special Mother's Day concert, To Mother - With Love (A Concert Just For Her), featuring the stars of Black Ensemble. The one-day-only concert will be held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago.

Black Ensemble Theater's THE MARVIN GAYE STORY Celebrates Opening Tonight, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2012

Black Ensemble Theater's production of THE MARVIN GAYE STORY celebrates its press opening tonight, May 20, 2012. The show runs now through July 29 at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street.

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