Jamaica Broadway

Jamaica is a musical with a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold Arlen. Harburg was blacklisted in Hollywood at the time of the writing of the musical. Set on a small island off the coast of Jamaica, the musical tells about a simple island community fighting to avoid being overrun by American commercialism.

Arlen's music parodies the popular form of Calypso, which was in vogue in the 1950s, largely as a result of the popularity of Harry Belafonte, for whom the musical was originally written. Belafonte withdrew from the production due to illness, and the musical was then tailored around the talents of Lena Horne.


Imperial Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
249 West 45th St.
by Neil Shurley - Sep 9, 2019
Arthur Miller's classic drama of piety and paranoia, THE CRUCIBLE, opens September 20 at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse will stage the powerful, theatrical fable, a?oeMlima's Tale,a?? written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, from October 1 a?" 19.  This is the first production of the play since its world premiere Off-Broadway last year.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019
Literary adaptations, a Shakespearian classic, and appearances by award-winning Hollywood stars highlight the vibrant National Theatre Live programming scheduled to light up the cinema screen at Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater during the 2019-2020 season. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theater to cinemas around the world, including the Majestic. The new season kicks off September 23. All plays are shown at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019
Lincoln Center today announced its 19/20 LC Kids season of performances for young people. Part of Lincoln Center's commitment to help make the arts central to daily life for a wide range of audiences, the season encompasses free and ticketed events developed for children as young as babies through teenagers stepping into young adulthood.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
UK-based artist Selina Thompson's Race Cards is an individual and immersive approach to examining thoughts about race and identity. Audience members enter a rooma?"one by onea?"surrounded by 1,000 different questions about race posted on index cards. Each participant is invited to answer one question and write a response. The questions were written by Thompson over an extended period of time, and the work's international exhibitions to date (in the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and the US) have revealed a global range of attitudes toward race.
by TV News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' premieres on Wednesday, November 6 at 9pm ET/PT.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2019
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) announced its 2019-2020 season, with an exciting program line-up that mirrors the unique spirit of New York's artist colony, and the gloriously diverse, cultural character of the Southeast Queens community it calls home.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
Rising pop sensation Ananya Birla and multi-platinum Jamaican/American hitmaker Sean Kingston have released their highly anticipated single 'Day Goes By', out now via Universal Music/Island Records.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2019
Bristol Old Vic today announced its Weston Studio's autumn/winter season celebrating a wide range of voices and experiences, placing writing that spotlights women and Black culture front and centre, while exploring the hard issues of today with the artists of tomorrow. Designed to inspire future generations of theatre makers and challenge contemporary conventions, The Weston Studio's latest season encompasses spoken word, poetry, dance, comedy, forum theatre and never-before seen performances.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2019
1969. From Stonewall, to the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, to Woodstock; it will forever be remembered as one of the most transformative summers in American history. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of these epic events, join us for a concert and celebration of the music, artists, and happenings that shaped a generation at Culture Connection.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
Presented by Eric Abraham and Ken Forrester Vineyards, the 2020 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season features a record 48 titles to be screened as part of its ninth successful year.
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 17, 2019
Venerated songwriter and singer Meg Flather brings immaculate marriages of her music and her singing sisters of cabaret to Don't Tell Mama in this show celebrating her work, her friends and sisterhood.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical reggae music with Bob Marley's former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain's most remarkable poets. And now he's back to continue his first tour in eight years, which coincides with his remarkable autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah. He will be visiting the Connaught Theatre on Sunday 27 October with his talk beginning at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2019
The Shout Syndicate, an innovative collaboration of Boston music and arts industry professionals in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture, today announced it has awarded $200,000 in its pilot round of grantmaking to ten Greater Boston non-profit arts organizations that focus on creative youth development.
by TV News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
Diplo's Major Lazer unveils “Que Calor,” featuring J Balvin and Dominican dembow pioneer El Alfa, alongside a brand new video today. Following previous collaborations with both featured artists “Que Calor” takes inspiration from each of their home countries, sampling Toto La Momposina's traditional Colombian-cumbia classic “Curara” and Dominican dembow rhythms. The Jamaica-via-Dominican Republic cousin of reggaeton is rooted in dancehall riddims and hip-hop sounds and has been taking the Latin world by storm thanks in large part to El Alfa and his collaborators.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
Hackney Empire has announced further casting for Dick Whittington and his Cat and reveal the first cast images of its sparkling new adaptation as it gears up for panto season! Tarinn Callender, who made his West End debut with the original London cast of Hamilton playing Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, will mark his first Hackney panto in the title role of Dick Whittington. The production will also welcome debut panto appearances from Annette McLaughlin (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) as Queen Rat, Christina Tedders (Once The Musical) as Alice Fitzwarren and Sue Kelvin (Caroline, Or Change) as Fairy Bowbells. As previously announced, they will star alongside Hackney stalwarts Grand Dame Clive Rowe who marks a 13th panto appearance, this year starring as Sarah the Cook, the loveable Kat B as Vincent the Cat and the ever trusty Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren. Dick Whittington and His Cat will run from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, with opening night for press on Wednesday 4 December 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
Queens Public Library will commemorate the borough's hip hop heritage with a?oeA Cypher in Queensa??, which features three nine-foot-tall audio sculptures by the Astoria-based sculptor Sherwin Banfield, honoring Jam Master Jay, the legendary DJ and member of Run-DMC who grew up in Hollis, Phife Dawg, from the St. Albans group A Tribe Called Quest, and Prodigy, from the Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep. The sculptures will be on display at Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, 11432) from Sept. 19, 2019 through February 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will hold its 2019 gala fundraiser, Celebrating A Creative Jamaica, on October 29th, honoring three important and respected leaders in their fields. The Honorees include Obba Babatunde, a celebrated, award-winning entertainer, Broadway, film and television star, whose career spans more than four decades, winner of a daytime Emmy for his role in CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful, nominated for a Tony for his role in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, Critic's Circle Awards-winner for the musical Sammy, NAACP Image Award-winner for A Soldier's Play; and will next be seen on the new season of the CBS series SWAT(starring Shemar Moore), and in the Hulu produced series, Little Fires Everywhere, starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. The other honorees are New York Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams, one of New York City's rising political stars, who prior to winning the seat vacated by State Attorney General Leticia James, served on the NYC Council representing the 45th District; and Marilyn F. Booker, a career financial specialist with Morgan Stanley who heads up their Urban Markets Group, an attorney who is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College and considered one of the most influential women of power.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2019
A new poster has been released for the upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die. This poster features Daniel Craig returning as James Bond.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse stages the powerful, theatrical fable, “Mlima's Tale,” written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, from October 1 – 19.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 3, 2019
Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, star of many popular tv shows and member of the cast of Spielberg's LINCOLN, Gloria Reuben brings her incomparable vocals and musical talents to 54 Below in celebration of a new cd and her first book.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
National Theatre Live broadcasts return to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) with David Hare's a?oeI'm Not Running,a?? (Oct. 16 & 20), and concluding with a?oeSmall Islanda?? (March 3 & 8).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Micah Shalom is proud to announce his latest single 'Peace, Rights, Love' which is out now. The established artist is one of the leading Reggae outfits in Texas bringing both conscious roots and danceability to the mix. Back in 2007 in Gainesville, FL, Micah Shalom formed a band of ska, reggae, and world musicians to play his brand of original and cover music from these genres. The Micah Shalom crew now resides in Austin TX with a cast of diverse musical backgrounds from Latin to Ska to Afrobeat to Reggae. Backing artists such as Cedric IM Brooks and Kevin Batchelor of The Skatalites, and Grammy Award Winner Calton Coffie of Inner Circle, The Micah Shalom crew cut their teeth learning to play Jamaican reggae and ska, traveling with Calton Coffie to perform in Jamaica and playing a number of shows in the US with Cedric IM Brooks and Kevin Batchelor. Micah Shalom will be celebrating the release of the single performing with Kevin Batchelor on 10/18 in San Antonio, TX and 10/19 in Austin, TX.
by Gil Kaan - Oct 28, 2019
Art, as a rule, is subjective. It can be appreciated or not, liked or not. At opening weekend's Sunday performance, playwright Tina Howe's THE ART OF DINING had its own built-in laugh gallery, who loved this ART, as this one large portion of the house frequently led all others in laughter. Set in a home-converted restaurant - The Golden Carrousel - at the Jersey Shore in the late 70s, ART covers one evening of this newly opened, two-man operation fraughtly run by husband Cal and chef Ellen. Gloria Gifford directs her enthusiastic cast through slapstick, overprojecting and over-the-top acting in lightning-fast dialogue, often overlapping, often two separate monologues simultaneously.
by Debbie Hall - Oct 23, 2019
Paranormal magician and master illusionist David Shareef brings more than entertainment to his audience. Known as the a?oeMuhammad Ali of Magic,a?? he showcases his indescribable magic, hypnosis, and mind-reading abilities with engaging humor and mysterious mesmerizing feats. Experience the unexplained during David Shareef's Supernatural Magic to be performed at Ron Decar's Event Center on Nov. 1.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
From Friday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 27, BAM presents Programmers' Notebook: In Case You Missed It, an eclectic program of unsung works, reflecting the breadth and depth of cinema this year. From breakthrough features by up-and-coming directors to bold visions by established auteurs, works of bracing Brazilian neorealism to a Japanese avant-pop love story, these are the under-the-radar revelations that moved, provoked, challenged, entertained, and stayed with us long after first viewing.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center presents Works by Michelle Drummond, an installation by a Jamaican mixed media artist who creates her work by manipulating multicolored yarn and acrylic paint on canvas. This colorful exhibition will be on view in the Pompano Beach Cultural Center through December 28, 2019. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Urbano Project announces two Artists-in-Residence for fall 2019: Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) and Rachel Allen (Nez Perce), Boston-based artists with Native American heritage. As part of the residency, both artists will lead fall 2019 Youth Artists Projects centered around Urbano's FY20 theme Creative Conditions; and have solo exhibitions at Urbano's gallery in Jamaica Plain. Erin Genia's exhibition will open Oct. 24, 2019 and Rachel Allen's on January 23, 2020.
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Available October 25, 2019, Down In Jamaica: 40 Years of VP Records is a 94-track, multi-format limited edition (2,000 run) box set with a 24-page booklet and art cards detailing the hits, the rarities, and the history of the world's largest reggae label.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
From South African villages to the suburbs of Lagos, world-class contemporary dancers and singers are bringing African inspired performances to Brighton this October and November.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
Acclaimed dancer Kyle Marshall leads his own company, Kyle Marshall Choreography, in its BAM debut as part of Next Wave 2019-the first season by Artistic Director David Binder, in which all artists are making their BAM debuts.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) will continue the 14th Season of Project Shaw, Art as Activism: A Theatrical Survival Guide, a special series of evenings of plays that embrace human rights and free speech. All of GTG's programming, inspired by the works of George Bernard Shaw, are designed to provoke peaceful discussion and activism.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2019
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) has announced the cast for the production of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, running January 19 through March 1, 2020, based on a story by Cedella Marley, music and lyrics by Bob Marley, adapted for the stage by Michael J Bobbitt, directed by Shá Cage, and music direction by Sanford Moore. The cast includes Ellis Dossavi (Ziggy), KateMarie Andrews (Nansi), Kory LaQuess Pullam (Duppy), Lynnea Monique Doublette (Cedella), Nathan Barlow (Dr. Bird), and Timotha Lanae (Tacoomah). 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2019
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is speaking out about her influence on the script for the upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die.
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2019
A genuine rock star since birth, Michael Monroe innately knows exactly how to sing, swagger and walk the most glamorous and colourful of walks. One Man Gang, the former Hanoi Rocks man's brand new offering on Silver Lining Music, is all about the fun of Friday nights, seven days a week, letting your hair down (or up!) for a dirty, dangerous, damn good time, and embracing a total escape into the rock'n'roll dream.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2019
Award winning actor and playwright David Heron has been cast in the pivotal roles of Oberon, King of the Fairies and Theseus, Duke of Athens in the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island's Shakespeare in The Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2019
Summer at Lincoln Center is a time-honored New York tradition, bringing people from all walks of life together to experience a multitude of music, dance, and drama across the entire campus. Harnessing Mozart's innovative spirit as its inspiration, the Mostly Mozart Festival (July 10a?"August 10) continues this month with groundbreaking, international, and multidisciplinary productions; acclaimed artists of all genres; introductions to emerging creative voices; and the presentation of new works and ideas.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $1,800,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support the creation of 20 new dance works that will tour the United States.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019
With just four singles under her belt, Lila Iké is already on the brink of stardom. As seen on her latest single 'Where I'm Coming From,' the 25-year-old Jamaican songbird has an edge and ease in her voice that creates an immediate gravitational pull with her listener, fusing contemporary reggae with elements of soul, hip hop and dancehall. Currently, she is making reggae festival-goers' heads turn by the thousands on her first solo European tour and has got media asking 'who is that girl?' This week, Lila Iké also announces new U.S. tour dates. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019
Committed to celebrating and promoting diverse cultural roots through the arts and culture activities, and by promoting African American and Caribbean artistic talent, Hampton Art Lovers(HAL) once again will open another exhibition September 5, 2019 at the Historic Ward Rooming House(249 Northwest 9th Street Miami, FL, 33136). 'Awakening' is the solo exhibition of works by Basil Barrington Watson featuring sculpture and sketches by Basil Watson.The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment CRA(SEOPW) is the sponsor for the show. The gallery hours are daily 11am-6pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Private showings can be made by visiting //www.hamptonartlovers.com/events/basilwatson-awakening.
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
Ovation and Journy Capture Premiere Dates for Two Seasons of Ovation, America's only arts network, has announced the dual premiere dates of both seasons of its latest docuseries Chasing the Sun. After the success of season one on JOURNY, Ovation's culture and travel-focused AVOD channel, the arts network will air back-to-back episodes of the first season starting on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm ET. Ovation, which partnered with Save Your Day Films and executive producer Stephen Friedman, will launch the second season on JOURNY starting on Wednesday, October 2. The coproduction marks Chasing the Sun as JOURNY's first original series.
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the official title of the 25th James Bond adventure, No Time To Die. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall), Cary Joji Fukunaga, Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve, Fleabag) No Time To Die is currently in production. The film will be released globally from April 3, 2020 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 8, from MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Island-Pop Star, Conkarah, returns with the release of his new single and soon-to-follow music video 'Banana' featuring fellow Jamaican and GRAMMY award-winning artist, Shaggy, who also co-produced the track. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2019
Harlem based band Mwenso & The Shakes' debut album, Emergence, is out now viaRopeadope Records. The new music is receiving early critical praise—JAZZIZ calls the group, “…a unique troupe of global artists presenting music that merges entertainment and artistry” while WBGO.org furthers, “Not many bands in the orbit of jazz today can begin to approach the crowd-pleasing threshold of Mwenso & The Shakes.” ALL ARTS presented by New York Public Media adds, “The music doled out by Mwenso and The Shakes is effusive, overflowing with elements of classical jazz, blues, world music and tap. When played live, this amalgam of ideas and musical references has garnered the spiritual jazz-outfit with a reputation for energetic sets and genre-pushing inventions.” 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2019
Today, international pop sensation Conor Maynard released his brand new single and video, “Not Over You.” The infectious track follows his first hit as a solo artist, “Hate How Much I Love You,” rapidly approaching 5 million YouTube views. The two tracks emerge as Conor continues to work on new material.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Chyna Whyne is truly an inspiring Renaissance Woman and dynamic holistic artist-practitioner - Born in London to Jamaican parents, she is an Alexander Technique Practitioner and Teacher (a world-renowned body management discipline), High-Heel Guru with her Walking in Stilettos Workshops, Recording Artist/Songwriter/Singer, Author, Model, Pageant Coach, International Public Speaker, Kemetic Yoga Teacher and Entrepreneur (Owner of VIP Yoga Retreats at Ocho Rios, Jamaica).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
On Saturday, August 10, from 6-10 p.m., VP Records, the world's largest reggae music company, will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
2019 GRAMMY-nominated Jamaican artist Protoje continues to blaze stages worldwide. From SummerJam in Germany to Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica, Protoje has been slaying some of the summer's most coveted festival stages. This week, he picks up the second half of his North American tour with Rebelution and announces new headlining dates in select U.S. cities.  Lila Iké, one of reggae's most-talked about emerging singers, will join him in Atlanta, Santa Cruz and San Diego. Admist his stateside run, Protoje will hit some of Europe's hottest music festivals (including Oya Fest in Oslo, Norway and Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary) as well as two dates in Germany.