This image released by The O+M Company shows Pittsburgh native Billy Porter during a performance of “Kinky Boots.” The current Tony Award winning musical grossed…
This image released by Cromarty and Co. shows Dee Dee Bridgewater performing in the off-Broadway musical play, “Lady Day,” about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. (AP Photo/Cromarty and Co., Carol Rosegg) by Charles GansAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Set.”
In this Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, married actors Idina Menzel, left, and Taye Diggs arrive at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise who star in “Pippen” are hardly the only married acting couple with Broadway credits. Mann and d’Amboise are just the latest husband-and-wife team to perform together on Broadway.
Patina Miller, Tony Award winner of the best actress in a musical category for her role in “Pippen,” left, Cicely Tyson, winner of the best actress in a play category for “The Trip to Bountiful”, center, and Billy Porter, winner of the best actor in a musical category for his role in “Kinky Boots,” pose with their awards in the press room at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — On a feel-good night for Broadway, it was only natural that the Tony award go to its most feel-good musical, the joyous “Kinky Boots.” But most everything about Sunday’s Tony telecast was warmhearted, from inspiring speeches about the theatrical community to the inspired antics of Neil Patrick Harris, who should officially be awarded the host job on a permanent basis.
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of “Kinky Boots.” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda: The Musical,” “Pippin” and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” , the four shows that got the most nominations April 30, 2013, either lost money or saw only small increases, according to data released May 6, from The Broadway League. The Cyndi Lauper-scored “Kinky Boots” has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Matthew Murphy) by Mark KennedyAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — While all haircuts are important, the one Billy Porter got late last week was even more critical: It was his last one before Sunday’s Tony Awards.
Jamal A. Shuriah by Genea L. WebbFor New Pittsburgh CourierJamal A. Shuriah said the emotion in each scene and the music is what drew him to audition for a role in “American Idiot.”
PLAYBOY BUNNIESby Debbie NorrellDid you know that the Playboy bunny costume was designed by a Black woman? This is a little known Black History fashion fact.