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More Black Actors On Broadway Bring Black Audience With Them

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Early one Sunday this month, 56 people boarded a bus in a suburb of Washington, D.C., to make the trip to Broadway to see a play. ...

Take Me to Your Leader: All the Way on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"Are you ready for your history lesson," asked the usher at a recent performance of All the Way at the Neil Simon Theater. Please! All the Way is way ...

First Nighter: LBJ Bio All the Way With Bryan Cranston Goes All the Way

David Finkle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It's a towering performance in a couple senses of the word and directly in line with how Johnson has been depicted by journalists, historians and biographers.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: MLK, Redefined as a Politician

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20, actor Brandon J. Dirden hopes that people will not only remember King as a powerful reverend and activist, but also as an astute politician.

Tom Hanks Tears Up at the Theatre World Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Courtney P. Vance couldn't get over it. He was presenting a Theatre World Award to Tom Hanks, not only a two-time Oscar winner and beloved star of man...

First Nighter: August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in Fine Tune

David Finkle | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Did August Wilson deliberately place The Piano Lesson in 1936, because that was the same Great Depression year Gone With the Wind was published? Did he intend it as a counter-balance to the version of slavery and its legacy depicted in Margaret Mitchell's best-seller?