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'Hairspray Live!’ Director Hopes The Musical Will Bring Peace And Love

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.19.2016 | Black Voices

Kenny Leon’s award-winning eye for theater will return to television with the telecast of NBC’s fourth live musical event, “Hairspray Live!” A...

'The Wiz Live!' Sparkles as Bright as the Emerald City!

Peter Mac | Posted 12.07.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Mac

I clicked my heels three times and prayed that this year's NBC live musical would be a winner. There is a God! Or in this case, a wizard!

'The Wiz Live!' Director On Why He Cast A Woman For The Title Role

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

After months of anticipation, NBC’s live musical event “The Wiz Live!” is set to make its debut on Thursday. Directed by Tony Award-winning dire...

Aisle View: Holler and (Hip) Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There was only moderate hollerin' from the audience at the Monday night preview of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac Shakur jukebox musical at the drastically altered Palace. We could hear them, yes, and loudly; but we couldn't make out much of what they were singing or saying.

Behind-the-Scenes Quotes From This Year's Tony Winners

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

While many great moments occurred during the telecast, go to Parade to read about eight behind-the-scenes responses you may have missed.

First Nighter: Denzel Washington Good, Not So Good in "A Raisin in the Sun"

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

With Washington's return to The Great White Way in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 A Raisin in the Sun at the Barrymore, he does a tremendous favor. Once again, as he did with his limited-runs Julius Caesar and Fences, he brings large audiences--especially African-American audiences--to a theater and to theater in the larger sense.

Angela Lansbury on Erroneous Reports: "I Am Not a Republican"

Evan Mulvihill | Posted 12.24.2012 | Celebrity
Evan Mulvihill

On Sunday, Angela Lansbury was the guest of honor at The Players' Pipe Night honoring Audra McDonald. Of course, the topic of the election came up.

'World-Changing' Tupac Musical Set To Begin Casting

Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

Good news for Tupac Shakur fans! The late hip-hop icon’s music will be featured in a new Broadway musical titled, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” Acc...

Brennan Williams

'Stick Fly': Playing On The Perception Of America

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices

Since opening on Broadway on December 8, the new play "Stick Fly," written by Lydia R. Diamond, has played to enthusiastic audiences and garnered crit...

The Power List: Kenny Leon Says 'I Can't Pay Attention To The Haters'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices

This week, BlackVoices is shining the spotlight on 12 people who are primed to make big waves in 2012. Captivating theatergoers with his Broadway p...

Alicia Keys Scores With Stick Fly

Lonna Saunders | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Lonna Saunders

Fourteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys scores with Stick Fly in her debut as a Broadway producer. Stick Fly may be best described as television's The Cosby Show meets Academy Award-winner Crash (2005).

Tell It From the Mountaintop

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.18.2011 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The mountaintop may be the ultimate pulpit, the highest high from which to speak, the source of divine wisdom, or it may just be a sexual plateau, the lay result of a man and a woman cooped up in a Memphis motel room on a stormy night. He was a Man, of course.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

Brennan Williams

Kenny Leon Talks 'The Mountaintop,' 'Steel Magnolias' Remake And More

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices

The timing couldn’t have been better for the opening of Kenny Leon’s latest Broadway production, “The Mountaintop.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson...

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...