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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - 2003 - Broadway

Blues diva Ma Rainey and her band have come to a Chicago studio to cut a record, but their artistic differences nearly stop the session before it starts. Full of unforgettable characters and the raw power of the blues, this 1920s installment of Wilson's groundbreaking cycle of plays confronts the issues of race, fame, and generational divides through the rhythms of the African-American South.

August Wilson (1945-2005) The most-produced African-American playwright of all time, August Wilson was a self-taught writer whose distinctive style combined poeticism and everyday slang. The plays of his remarkable Pittsburgh Cycle chronicled the black experience in America in every decade of the 20thcentury, winning two Pulitzer Prizes and redefining African-American storytelling for a generation of theatergoers.


Royale Theatre

(New York, NY)
242 W. 45th St.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2021
IAMA Theatre Company has selected Larry Powell as the 2021 recipient of the company's annual Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission. Sponsored by award-winning writer and producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), the commission, now in its fourth year, was created to help grow and nourish budding playwrights and artists with emphasis on cultural inclusion and the goal to showcase fresh, creative, thought-provoking work.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Mar 29, 2021
Ruben Santiago-Hudson had dreamed of being in an August Wilson from the first time he was in the audience of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He found himself crying during the play and realized he was not just deeply moved by the play and the actors in it but the tears were connected to this feeling that for the first time in his life he was seeing people on stage who were so familiar to him and he wanted to be a part of that kind of storytelling.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2021
Following the week-long virtual experience, tonight the NAACP celebrated the stellar achievements of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards winners during a special LIVE broadcast on BET and simulcast across ViacomCBS networks including CBS for its first time, as well as BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount, Pop, Smithsonian, TV Land, VH1, BET PLUTO, and CMT.
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2021
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
by TV News Desk - Mar 15, 2021
Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman were nominated for their Leading Actor roles in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' the Netflix film adaptation of the 1982 play by August Wilson.  The film was also nominated for Best Costumes, Best Makeup and Hairstyling,
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 11, 2021
West End 'Hamilton' star Giles Terera sings 'THE FLATS' from the world premiere of ‘Black Matter’, a new song cycle composed while he observed life on the changing streets of  London’s Soho over a tumultuous summer in lockdown.
by TV News Desk - Mar 10, 2021
The Piano Lesson is set in 1936 Pittsburgh and follows the lives of the Charles family as they deal with themes of family legacy and more, in deciding what to do with an heirloom, the family piano.
by TV News Desk - Mar 10, 2021
Wolfe won Tony Awards for his Broadway productions of 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches' and 'Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2021
The upcoming guest lineup has been announced for the “Live at The Lortel” virtual conversation series. In February, fans can listen to conversations with actress Krysta Rodriguez (February 1), drag artist and political activist Marti Cummings (February 8), actor Michael Potts (February 15), playwright Lynn Nottage (February 22).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2021
An encore production of the famed play The Colored Museum is being streamed as part of Crossroads Theatre Company's commemorative programming celebrating Black History Month February 2 – 28, 2021.  The play, written by Crossroads' alumni and famed Broadway director George C. Wolfe premiered at the theatre in 1986.  It was first directed by Crossroads Co-Founder L. Kenneth Richardson.  
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2021
The 32nd annual GLAAD Award nominations have been released! The nominees include Broadway film adaptations like 'The Prom,' 'The Boys in the Band,' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.' 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2021
The National Theatre has announced today that Clint Dyer has been appointed Deputy Artistic Director. He will work closely with Rufus Norris, Director and Joint Chief Executive, and Emily McLaughlin, Director of New Work to support and shape the NT’s creative output.  
by TV News Desk - Jan 21, 2021
SHOWTIME has announced that Oscar and Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit) will star as Betty Ford and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) will direct and executive produce the anthology series.
by Student Blogger: Emily Naud - Jan 19, 2021
It’s become clear during the pandemic that the performing arts have made a significant pivot financially and creatively.
by Student Blogger: Holden Childress - Jan 14, 2021
Could this August Wilson classic win big at the Oscars?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2021
The U.S. Postal Service will honor August Wilson (1945-2005) with a commemorative Forever stamp in the Black Heritage series. The 44th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors the playwright who brought fresh perspectives and previously unheard voices to the American stage.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2021
After two preliminary rounds, twenty finalists in the monologue category will be invited to compete by live stream from the Goodman Theatre on March 22, 2021 at 6pm, provided there are no COVID 19 restrictions are in place to prevent a live stream.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2021
Giles Terera, the Olivier Award-winning West End star of ‘Hamilton’, performs the world premiere of ‘Black Matter’, a new song cycle composed while he observed life on the changing streets of London’s Soho over a tumultuous summer in lockdown.
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2021
For her leading role in the film adaptation of August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' Viola Davis has been honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival with the Desert Palm Achievement Award. 
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2021
The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced today the film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards.  The winners will be revealed LIVE on The CW on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 7-10pm ET/PT, with acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs returning to host for his third consecutive time. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2021
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its upcoming spring season of streamed events , including FACING THE MUSIC interviews with Sheila Hancock, Philip Quast, Patricia Routledge, Imelda Staunton and Giles Terera, an encore screening of Celebrating Sondheim, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2021
For Your Consideration - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson Directed by George C. Wolfe
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 20, 2021
August Wilson is best known as the author of the American Century Cycle, a series of ten plays including Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2021
The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees for the 2021 Artios Awards. Among this year's nominees are The Prom, Disney's new live-action Mulan film, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2021
The full-list of nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards were announced today in a special virtual event on NAACP Image Awards’ Instagram channel hosted by Tony-award winning actress and singer Anika Noni-Rose, actress and singer Chloe Bailey, actress Erika Alexander, actor, dancer, and choreographer Nicco Annan, and actor and singer TC Carson.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2021
Each year, Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates an individual who has made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the state of the art of Chicago music theatre with the prestigious Guy Adkins Award. This year, Felicia P. Fields is the recipient.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2021
The three upcoming readings are: Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind, directed by Awoye Timpo; George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, directed by 2020 SAG Award nominee, Obie Award winner, and Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo; and Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, directed by Dawn Monique Williams.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2021
Today (February 15) in live streaming: Laura Osnes sings with Seth Rudetsky, Josh Groban in concert, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2021
The San Francisco Mime Troupe 2021 virtual fundraiser The Red Star at the End of the Tunnel - Celebrating 25 Years of SFMT's beloved Youth Theater Project (YTP), will be an hour of music, comradeship, featuring Keynote Speaker Colman Domingo - along with SFMT tales from past & present Troupers, and a special live performance of the next installment of our critically-acclaimed radio/podcast series Tales of the Resistance!
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2021
George C. Wolfe, the decorated director of the film adaptation of August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' has been tapped to direct 'Rustin,' a new film at Netflix produced by Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions. 
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2021
Domingo accepts the AFI AWARDS honor on behalf of the creative ensemble and introduces the film to the AFI Movie Club audience.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2021
RED BULL THEATER today announced that its 2020-21 offerings will continue later this month with a FREE benefit reading of Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. The event will star Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper and Tony Award winner Santino Fontana.  
by TV News Desk - Dec 21, 2020
Former president Barack Obama recently released his annual list of favorite things of 2020, including films, TV shows, and music. Included on this year's list is 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' which was released on Netflix Friday, December 18th.
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2020
Viola reveals her favorite Christmas song, and talks about the moment she realized she was going to be an actress, her mom inviting 40 extra people to her wedding, her new movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the late great Chadwick Boseman, getting an amazing note and gifts from Oprah, her ten-year-old daughter’s Christmas list, and her husband’s birthday falling on December 24th.
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is coming! Netflix will release the film adaptation of August Wilson's play on December 18th. Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman star.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 17, 2020
The genius of August Wilson is brought to the screen this holiday season with Netflix's star-studded adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Led by Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, the film arrives on December 18.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2020
Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ebony Jo-Ann, George C. Wolfe and Colman Domingo have joined the lineup for Classical Theatre's virtual event for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2020
Whoopi Goldberg is excited to get in on the movie sequels trend with 'Sister Act 3' and she has a few ideas for the title. You can also catch her in 'The Stand,' a CBS All Access limited event series based on the novel by Stephen King.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 13, 2020
The screen adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was brought to life by the legendary Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose connection to August Wilson spans from the personal to professional - not only was he a close friend of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, but Santiago-Hudson has established himself as a key interpreter of Wilson's work.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2020
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Academy Award winner Viola Davis and Constanza Romero, widow of writer August Wilson, will talk with Tracy Smith about bringing famed playwright's plays to the screen on CBS Sunday Morning.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2020
Playwright August Wilson Will Be Honored With a Commemorative Forever Stamp next year.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2020
Today, The August Wilson Society (AWS) and Howard University announced an exciting virtual event on Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 PM. Come jam with AWS at August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Virtual 'Jam Session' with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Ebony Jo-Ann, George C. Wolfe and Colman Domingo.
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2021
An inspiring tribute to the artist herself, Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues takes a deeper look at the real Ma Rainey — an incredible musician and pioneer, way ahead of her time, who overcame obstacles dealing with rights to her music, her sexuality, and her worth as a female in the 1920’s struggling to keep her band together.
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2021
Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman were also honored with nominations for their roles in the film adaptation of August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'; the whole ensemble cast was also nominated in the aforementioned cast category.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2021
The Cincinnati Arts Association will present LeLand Gantt in his one-man show, Rhapsody in Black, streaming May 4-17, 2021. Written and performed by LeLand and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio by Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, the show explores his personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2021
Portland Stage has announced its live, limited-seating production of BAD DATES by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Jade King Carroll and starring Annie Henk. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2021
Legendary costume designer Ann Roth has been awarded the 2021 Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence In Period Film for her work on Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 
by Stage Tube - Apr 13, 2021
Boseman's other film roles include 21 Bridges (2019) and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods (2020). 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2021
Symphony Space will present a special conversation between Tony Award-winning director, playwright, and producer George C. Wolfe and Tony Award-winning stage, film, and television actor John Benjamin Hickey, on Wednesday, April 28, at 7pm EST.
by TV News Desk - Apr 12, 2021
In yet another critically acclaimed performance which led to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Davis inhabits “the Mother of the Blues” in an adaptation of an August Wilson play.