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Jamaica - 2005 - Off-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.


Theatre at St. Peter's Church

(New York, NY)
Citicorp Center (619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St.)
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2021
This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld for 5/6/2021 include new jobs for those looking to work in the theatre industry.
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2021
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by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 4, 2021
The multi-talented renown musicians, producers, songwriters, and arrangers Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass, are widely acknowledged as the world's greatest rhythm section.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 27, 2021
The one-night event, streaming from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, will be available to watch again, June 26 at 8pm BST and 8pm AUS EST - allowing Train fans from across the globe to experience and share with each other the performance, making for a truly special night.
by Alan Henry - May 25, 2021
Last weekend at Marcus Garvey Park The National Black Theatre and the New York Philharmonic, together, were bringing culture back to Harlem and to New York City. Watch this video for a recap of the events that included performances by Paul Beaubrun, Sing Harlem Choir, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, violinist Curtis Stewart, soprano Laquita Mitchell and The Harlem Chamber Players, and more.
by Alan Henry - May 21, 2021
The first week of NY Phil Bandwagon 2 was held at Domino Park. The Friday and Sunday performances drew community members and families celebrating Mother’s Day. Presented were performances by Juana Luna and Elisa Toro Franky, Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, Alma Adentro, and the World Premiere of Mark Grey's “Birds in the Moon.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2021
Bard SummerScape will celebrate the uplifting spirit of Black music with Black Roots Summer, presented in association with Electric Root and organized and led by the rousing vocalist, bandleader, cultural commentator, and anti-racism educator Michael Mwenso and his longtime collaborator Jono Gasparro, former curator of Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem.
by Stephi Wild - May 18, 2021
These foundational partners will present seminars throughout the fall and spring, ranging from intimate conversations to hands-on workshops, for JAS's first class of six In Focus Fellows.
by Alan Henry - May 18, 2021
The first week of NY Phil Bandwagon 2 was held at Domino Park. The Friday and Sunday performances drew community members and families celebrating Mother's Day. Presented were performances by Juana Luna and Elisa Toro Franky, Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, Alma Adentro, and the World Premiere of Mark Grey's 'Birds in the Moon.'
by Shari Barrett - May 18, 2021
Here is my interview with Gloria Gifford about presenting LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS live-streamed online as well as her Gloria Gifford Conservatory and how she is managing to keep her students active during the past year.
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021
Nottingham Playhouse today announces a packed Summer programme as the theatre reopens its doors to the public.  With an eclectic collection that welcomes both live and digital audiences, the shows and events on offer embrace musical, classical and contemporary work, both inside the theatre and outdoors, this celebration of live work includes something for everyone
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2021
Four new productions to follow South Pacific in Chichester’s Festival 2021 have today been announced by Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2021
This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld for 5/13/2021 include new jobs for those looking to work in the theatre industry.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 12, 2021
Prior to its release in 1971, there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit.
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 27, 2021
One of the jazz industry's most popular talents, the singing actress that is Nicole Henry has proven that she is comfortable on any stage in the business that would care to invite her to the mic.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 26, 2021
“The song is all about being satisfied with where we are,” said frontman Eric Rachmany. “As much as Rebelution has grown, it still feels like a tight-knit family between us and the fans. No matter your profession there's always someone in your ear telling you to go bigger.'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 26, 2021
These Are The Days has been acclaimed by Under The Radar, American Songwriter, Atwood, MXDWN, and more. N'Kanta was also recently a guest on WNYC's 'Soundcheck' as well as WFAE's 'Amplifier.'
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021
The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 19, 2021
The Annenberg Center has announced its spring film series, curated by recently appointed Curator-at-Large for Film Maori Karmael Holmes. The KINOWATT micro-festival in March explores the connections between music, technology and culture.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2021
Hampstead Theatre has announced its first live productions for 2021.  Alfred Fagon's darkly compelling, The Death of a Black Man will run from 28 May until 10 July having originally premiered at the theatre in 1975.  46 years on, this rare revival from the Black British playwriting canon, raises many of the same questions we face today surrounding identity, capitalism and sexual politics. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2021
Miles Davis 'Cantabile' by Michel Petrucciani, 'Speak Life' a remix of the original track by Grammy award winner Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley, and the song dedicated to Miles Davis, 'Dreaming Miles' are just three of the songs contained in MUSIC FOR LOVE VOL.1.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 12, 2021
Ahead of the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards where Toots and The Maytals are nominated for Best Reggae Album, Trojan Jamaica continue to honor the late and legendary Toots Hibbert with a stellar remix from Samantha Ronson and Pete Nappi of 'Freedom Train,' a fan favorite.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 9, 2021
DREAMSTAGE was launched last August by by CEO Thomas Hesse (former President of Sony Music for Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales/Distribution), CTO Scott Chasin (serial entrepreneur with a track record of successfully founding and growing startups, including ProtectWise and MX Logic), and Artistic Director Jan Vogler (internationally known cellist and director of the Dresden Music Festival).
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 7, 2021
In celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage month, the Government of Barbados in association with the Caribbean Heritage Organization and the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute will present the 2021 CaribbeanLensInternational Virtual Film Festival -Where Hollywood Celebrates the Caribbean on Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2021
Kalamazoo State Theatre is presenting live music all summer long with its popular State on the Street series. Free live music will be performed, along with drink specials, giveaways from our Honor Credit Union and more!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jun 2, 2021
“We are happy to work closely with Intence at the label” said “Chris Chin, CEO of VP Records. “His voice and music represent the new generation of talent out of Jamaica that fans all over the world are heavily attracted to.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2021
After going virtual since March 2021 and creating several productions online, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has announced its return to performing for live audiences, both indoor and outdoor presentations, with Jamaica Dance Festival 2021 in NYC and Summer Heat Festival 2021 in Tulsa, OK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 18, 2021
Viral internet sensation Kemar Jewel, a Black Queer director/choreographer from Jamaica and raised in Philadelphia, has released a visual love letter that uses the language of contemporary dance to help Black Queer men heal from trauma and connect as a community.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2021
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by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 16, 2021
The World Music Theatre Company is pleased to announce that its recently re-opened original production of The FunikiJam Show: Totally Awesome Summer.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 16, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021
The New York Philharmonic has announced its 2021–22 season, marking the Orchestra’s long-awaited return to subscription performances following an 18-month period of cancellations due to the pandemic. For the first time in modern history the Philharmonic will be performing outside its home for an entire season. 
by TV News Desk - Jun 15, 2021
Pachyman will play a hometown record release show at LA’s Zebulon on August 13. He will make his NYC debut opening for four Black Pumas shows at Brooklyn Steel on September 13, 14, 15 and 16.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2021
Actor Marcos James, best known for his performance as White Rat in HBO's Emmy Award winning series Game of Thrones, will appear in a major role in the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) movie series Keeping Up With The Joneses, beginning in July. The production is executive produced by actress Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Kill Bill) who also appears in the leading role.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 11, 2021
Ping Chong and Company, founded by the influential theater-maker Ping Chong and a home for a diverse, intergenerational group of affiliated artists, partners with Urban Word NYC for a preview presentation of the latest Undesirable Elements work, Generation Rise, commissioned by New Victory Theater/New 42.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021
The AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) will present No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945–Present, an exhibition that explores Asian migration to Latin America and the Caribbean and its influence on modern and contemporary art.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 1, 2021
Deemed one of the '25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World' by MovieMaker Magazine in 2019, the Third Horizon Film Festival returns for its fifth edition. This year the festival will be hosted hybrid style with a thoughtfully curated mix of in-person and virtual screenings beginning June 24, 2021, through July 1, 2021, in Miami, Florida.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 9, 2021
, 'Everytime I Talk About... Black Voices in a Time of Change: Poetry, Art, and Music' will bring poets and musicians together on the Lied Center stage in a powerful free virtual event.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 7, 2021
Following the premiere season of LIVE DREAMS at Performance Space's Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2020, Performance Space and Carriageworks are thrilled to present a special edition of LIVE DREAMS in May 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 7, 2021
Mercury Theater Chicago announces reopening with new leadership. Mercury Theater owners have restructured for the future and are preparing the theater for a reopening.
by Alan Henry - Apr 30, 2021
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the process of building the shipping container that will serve as the stage for NY Phil Bandwagon 2 festivals across New York City.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 29, 2021
Hampstead Theatre has announced the cast for Alfred Fagon's darkly compelling, The Death of a Black Man, directed by Dawn Walton, former Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company, from 28 May until 10 July 2021. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2021
Staged for limited in-person audiences, the 2021 season presents the 31st Bard Music Festival, “Nadia Boulanger and Her World,” which pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in classical music history; the first fully staged American production of King Arthur (Le roi Arthus), and more.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 29, 2021
Bard SummerScape returns to live performance with a wide-ranging and adventurous lineup this summer. Staged for limited in-person audiences, the 2021 season presents the 31st Bard Music Festival, “Nadia Boulanger and Her World,” which pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in classical music history.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 28, 2021
Featuring the renowned production duo Sly and Robbie, Remember Our Creator delivers conscious, uplifting roots reggae music. This release is a double disc CD featuring vocal and dub versions.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 26, 2021
The Southbank Centre today announces a four-month reopening programme, Summer Reunion - providing opportunities for people to reconnect, reunite and enjoy a colourful, joyful celebration of art, culture and entertainment.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 22, 2021
All talented, religious healers in their own right, Nitaiji, Jahraswati and Satnav joined forces musically in June 2020 when they realised they all had a shared vision when it came to the healing powers of sound, believing that music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 21, 2021
Curated by Performance Space—Australia's leading experimental arts organisation— LIVE DREAMS brings artists and audiences together in new, dynamic and responsive ways.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 16, 2021
This cross-genre collaboration between both artists unifies people's differences to support a common goal - to be “forever royal.” It serves as a reminder of the internal strength and mental fortitude human beings possess, which prepares them for success in a society designed for their failure.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 14, 2021
This spectacular display of musicianship is presented by Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation and will raise money to support the music community through their Fueling Musicians Program.