BREAKING NEWS: THE ROOTS’ Black Thought to debut new Musical BLACK NO MORE Off Broadway this Winter 2022!!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Grammy winner Tariq Trotter (a.k.a. Black Thought) is set to make his Musical Theater debut next month. The Roots founder and acclaimed musician has been composing and set to star in a musical adaptation of the best selling 1931 novel BLACK NO MORE.
The production will make its WORLD PREMIERE Debut Off Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage for a limited engagement from January 11th February 27th, 2022.
Under the direction of Scott Elliot and choreographed by Tony winner Bill T. Jones (Broadway’s original Spring Awakening and Fela), BLACK NO MORE takes places during the Harlem Renaissance. The story follows a man who attempts to use a mysterious machine that guarantees to “solve the American race problem”—by turning Black people white. Along with Trotter’s score, the show will also feature a book by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).
That’s not all, it will feature a full all-star Broadway cast led by…..
Trotter himself,
Tony Award nominee Jennifer Damiano (Broadway’s original Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and American Psycho),
Broadway favorite Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away, If/Then, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, and currently in the revival of Caroline, Or Change),
Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Broadway’s Hamilton, Shuffle Along, and the original production of The Color Purple plus NBC‘s Jesus Christ Superstar Live and FOX‘s Rent Live),
Theo Stockmon (Broadway’s American Idiot),
Broadway veteran Tracy Shayne (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Chicago),
and
Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (director of the long running revival of Chicago but also acted on Broadway in Guys & Dolls, White Christmas, Going Up, and more).
This show originally was scheduled to debut in the 2020-2021 season. However, it was delayed and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is excited?!!

MJ announces full casting set to MOONWALK on Broadway!!!

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BEAT IT! Full official casting details have been made for the highly anticipated MJ: the musical heading for the Great Bright Way this holiday season. It also includes more details on who exactly will be playing what in the show. Under the direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, the cast will include….
Quentin Earl Darrington (Broadway’s recent revivals of RAGTIME, Cats, and Once On This Island) in the role of no-nonsense father “Joseph Jackson”, Rob, and others,
Whitney Bashor (Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County and last seen Off Broadway in The Unsinkable Molly Browns) as “Rachel”,
Gabriel Ruiz (Off Broadway’s Blood and Gifts) in his Broadway debut as “Alejandro”,
Antoine L. Smith (Broadway’s Memphis along with the recent revivals of The Color Purple, Miss Saigon, and Carousel) as Motown Records founder ” Berry Gordy“, “Nick”, and others,
Joey Sorge (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, the 2011 revival of How to Succeed, Nick Work if You Can Get It, and A Bronx Tale plus last seen Off Broadway in Carmelina) as “Dave”,
John Edwards (Broadway’s Jersey Boys and the Off Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller) as “Jackie Jackson”,
Ayana George in her Broadway debut as mother “Katherine Jackson”,
Apollo Levine in his Broadway debut as celebrated musician “Quincy Jones“, Tito Jackson, and more,
Lamont Walker II in his Broadway debut as “Jermaine Jackson”,
Zelig Williams (Broadway’s Hamilton) as “Marlon Jackson”.
and a full Ensemble.
This promising high energetic MOON WALKING cast joins alongside the previously announced Myles Frost who will make his Broadway debut in the titular role of THE KING OF POP himself “Michael Jackson“.
MJ promises to be an evening of THRILLER NIGHTS, SMOOTH CRIMINALS, MOONWALKING, and so much more. The show will be coming to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre. Previews begins December 6th, 2021 and will open on February 1st, 2022.
Congrats to this incredible cast lineup!!!!
Who is excited?!!!

Espinosa, Burns, Testa, and more to lead Michael John LaChiusa and Graciela Daniele’s THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA; New Musical to debut at Old Globe this Fall

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BREAKING NEWS: San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre is set to debut a brand new musical inspired by the life of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Tony winner Graciela Daniele this Fall. The show will be a new musical entitled THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA is set to run from September 10th, 2021 through October 17th, 2021.
To introduce everyone to this exciting new musical, THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA is loosely based on the life of Graciela Daniele. It tells the story of a woman named “Anuncia” who working on her garden in her country house. Along the way, she reflects on her life, looking back on her girlhood in Juan Perón’s Argentina and paying homage to the family of women whose sacrifices allowed her to become an artist. The show is a celebration of women reveling in the joys of being alive.
The show features an original score and book by Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, See What I Wanna See, and Rain).
Graciela Daniele will both direct and choreograph the production.
In addition, the show’s casting has just been announced. It will be led by…..
Eden Espinosa (Broadway’s WICKED, Brooklyn, Rent, and the upcoming Lempicka, and TV’s Tangled The Series),
Andréa Burns (Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, In The Heights, and On Your Feet),
Tony nominee Mary Testa (Broadway’s 1999 revival of On The Town, Chicago, 42nd Street, Xanadu, WICKED, and the recent Tony winning revival of OKLAHOMA!),
and so much more.
No words have been said if the show will get to Broadway right now!!!
We cannot wait to experience this new exciting work of art created by a true Theater legend!!!
Who is excited?!!!

PASS OVER becomes first Broadway show to open in 17 months starting week; First performance to include Post-Show Block Party

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BREAKING NEWS: Next week marks a history making event as Lincoln Center Theater / LCT3‘s critically acclaimed production of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over becomes the first ON Broadway show to open in 17 months. With this exciting time, it calls for a celebration!!!!
Following next week’s first preview performance, PASS OVER will be hosting a post-show BLOCK PARTY outside the show’s home at the August Wilson Theatre. West 52nd Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway will be shutdown from 8pm-11am. The party is FREE!!! As soon as the 90 minute play performance, Theatergoers and fans will get to party it up with the company. There will be Live Music by S.N.O.B. (DJ Duggz, DJ Ari Grooves and Emily McGill). In addition, it will also have special to-go menus for purchase from the block’s vendors including Haswell Green’s, Victor’s Cafe, and the M Social Hotel.
PASS OVER begins previews next Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 at the August Wilson Theatre. The official Opening Night is set for September 20th, 2021 and will run through October 10th, 2021.
Who is excited?!!!!

 

Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones and more to lead CLYDE’S on Broadway this Fall!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Broadway debut of Lynn Nottage’s new play CLYDE’S coming this Fall. Leading the company as a group of workers in a truck-stop sandwich shop will consist of…..
Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba (TV’s Orange Is the New Black along with Broadway’s Coram Boy and the recent revival of Godspell),
Emmy Award winner Ron Cephas Jones (TV’s This Is Us along with Broadway’s Gem of the Ocean, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and last seen in the revent revival of Of Mice and Men),
Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kara Young (Off Broadway’s All The Natalie Portmans) in her On Broadway debut,
and
Reza Salazar (no stranger working with Lynn Notage in the Broadway debut of SWEAT and appeared in the original 2019 premiere of this play).
The play will be a 5 person cast. The last remaining cast member will be announced soon.
For those who may not know, CLYDE’S tells the story of a incarcerated kitchen staff of a truck-stop sandwich shop. One day, they are offered a chance at reclaiming their lives. Along the way, the staff is given permission and the chance to dream of that possibility of the perfect delicious sandwich.
The play originally had its world premiere debut in 2019 as FLOYD’S at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
Under the direction of Kate Whoriskey, CLYDE’S will have a delicious Broadway debut at the Hayes at Second Stage Theater. Previews begin November 3rd, 2021 and the Opening Night is set for November 22nd, 2021. It will run for a strictly limited engagement through January 16th, 2022.
Who is excited?!!!