Lena Horne is now the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her. On Tuesday, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street was renamed the Lena Horne Theatre.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2022
Lena Horne becomes first Black woman to have Broadway theater named after her
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Broadway theater renamed in honor of James Earl Jones
Legendary stage and screen actor James Earl Jones received a rare honor Monday as a Broadway theater was renamed after him.
The Cort Theatre is now, the "James Earl Jones Theatre."
Monday, June 13, 2022
Phylicia Rashad Wins Second Tony Award
Phylicia Rashad has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for SKELETON CREW. She won for her performance as Faye in the play.
This is Rashad's second Tony award. She received her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, as Lena Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun.
"You don't come to this place alone. You've heard it several times tonight, and it's true. It takes the work of many people," she said in her acceptance speech. "It's wonderful to be a part of this commiunity. It's wonderful to present humanity in its fullness and to feel it received. Thank you all so very much"
Her additional Broadway credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, August: Osage County, Cymbeline, Gem of the Ocean, Jelly’s Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz and Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. She has numerous directing credits, including productions of Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum and Fences at both the Long Wharf Theatre and the McCarter Theatre.
Saturday, March 05, 2022
Broadway theatre to be renamed in honor of James Earl Jones
Regarded for his work onscreen and onstage, the legendary actor James Earl Jones is being honored in a historic way. The Cort theater, a 110-year-old venue is being renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Thoughts of a Colored Man ends run on Broadway due to Covid-19
Thoughts of a Colored Man — the acclaimed play written by Keenan Scott II and produced on Broadway by a slew of stars including Grammy winner Kandi Burruss and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph — has officially ended its Broadway run due to the Covid surge.
Producers made the announcement in a post on Instagram, alongside a photo from the show of the play's seven stars facing the back of the stage.
"We are heartbroken to announce that performances have ended for Thoughts of a Colored Man as of Wednesday, Dec. 22," the caption read.
"We have tried our hardest to safely navigate the current, unfortunate health crisis, but ultimately we are unable to continue under the unfortunate conditions of COVID exposure in the city and country," it continued.
Starring Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Da'Vinchi, Luke James, Forrest McClendon, Tristan Mack Wilds, and Esau Pritchett, Thoughts of a Colored Man was the first Broadway show to be written by, directed by, played by, and lead-produced by Black men.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Writer Of Broadway’s ‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ Forced Into Action On Stage After COVID Sidelines Star
For some Broadway productions, even when the show goes on it does so without a full cast. That was particularly evident on Tuesday night, when Keenan Scott II, a playwright jumped in to take on a role of the play he wrote, ‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
The Five Heartbeats is headed to Broadway!
The Five Heartbeats, Robert Townsend’s story about the trials and tribulations of a band of five talented guys in a musical group during the rise of Motown, is on its way to Broadway.
The story is loosely inspired by the behind-the-scenes rise of such groups as The Temptations and The Dells.
The Broadway play will “tell a similar story with music that people know from the movie, but there is a composer, Grammy-Award winner, a guy who has won some big awards who already said he will write an original song for us,” said Townsend. He told Deadline that he is in negotiations with a Broadway producer and is writing the Broadway play with Kennen Ivory Wayans,” his original partner on the The Five Heartbeats’ movie script.
Taking this story to Broadway will bring it full circle for Townsend, who started his acting career in theater — first in the Windy City as part of ExBag (which later become the Chicago Theater Company) and then in New York acting Off Broadway with Woodie King, Jr. and the New Federal Theater troupe.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Cast of The Color Purple perform Purple Rain
Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, and the cast of The Color Purple paid an amazing tribute to Prince at the end of Thursday Night's show. The cast performed an amazing version of "Purple Rain", a version so good that I believe it should be released as a single. Check it out below.