Tag: Theater

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Entertainment

Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ excited for national tour

Nathaniel Stampley, will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates) by Mark KennedyAP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Instead, he kept dying. Stampley was an understudy for Norm Lewis in the title role and bided his time by playing the small role of Robbins in the revamped version of the Gershwin classic. Robbins is killed with a cotton hook in a fight after a dice game on page 15 of the script.

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Entertainment

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ tour cities

Nathaniel Stampley, will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates) The national tour schedule for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” 11/10-12/8: San Francisco, The Golden Gate Theatre 12/10-12/22: Dallas, The Winspear Opera House 12/25-12/29: Washington, D.C., The National Theatre

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Metro

AG intervenes in August Wilson Center debt case

Buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are reflected in the windows of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state attorney general’s office is intervening in a foreclosure case involving the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh.

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Entertainment

Legendary actress Diahann Carroll honored at House of Flowers dinner

Diahann Caroll attends the “House of Flowers” dinner honoring her and AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the home of Tracey Edmonds on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 78-years-old Diahann Carroll keeps a sense of humor. “I don’t think I realize what the passage of time really means until people talk about things that I did in the ’50s and I wonder ‘Who the hell are they talking about?,’” the actress, singer and Golden Globe-winner said while being honored at a House of Flowers dinner last Saturday evening. Beverly Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King and Anika Noni Rose were in attendance to applaud Carroll and fellow honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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People

Ebony magazine, Jacksons to honor Berry Gordy

This photo provided by EBONY shows the December 2013/January 2014 cover of EBONY magazine featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor on How Black Men Took Over Hollywood. (AP Photo/EBONY, Peter Hapak) NEW YORK (AP) — Ebony magazine’s celebration of its “Power 100″ list will have a Motown vibe — Berry Gordy is being honored with a lifetime achievement award, the Jacksons will perform in his honor, and the cast of “Motown The Musical” is due to appear, as well.

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Entertainment

Review: Lady wails in soulful ‘Janis Joplin’ show

This theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Mary Bridget Davis performing in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Davies and her “A Night With Janis Joplin,” which opened Thursday, are part of a new wave of musicals featuring female singer-songwriters, a list that includes a Carole King musical making its way to Broadway. Performing with Davies is, background from left, Taprena Michelle Augustine, De’Adre Aziza, Allison Blackwell and Nikki Kimbrough. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus) by Jennifer FarrarAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary blues and soul singer Janis Joplin was an astounding force of nature onstage and off. A new concert musical on Broadway provides a rockin’ good time while imaginatively evoking her impassioned, thrilling talent. Randy Johnson wrote and directed the tribute, “A Night With Janis Joplin.” Featuring a powerful performance by Mary Bridget Davies as Joplin alongside a quartet of extremely talented singers, the loud, colorful, ’60s-saturated spectacle opened Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre.

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Entertainment

Kanye, Miley and the death of the diva

Leontyne Price (Jack Mitchell Photo) by LZ Granderson (CNN) — In the third act of the opera “Aida,” there is an aria, “O Patria Mia,” that begins, “Oh, my country, I shall never see you again.” On January 3, 1985, after Leontyne Price sang those words, the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House stopped her with a four-minute ovation. Price first performed at the Met 24 years earlier, and this night, this performance would be her last on an opera stage.

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Entertainment

Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, and Wendell in a scene from “The Michael J. Fox Show,” premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition. (AP Photo/NBC, Eric Liebowitz) by Frazier MooreAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself coming. Earlier this month, he made his latest appearance in a recurring role on the USA law drama “Suits.” He has a new film opening, an edgy indie drama titled “Four” wherein he plays a family man who keeps his homosexuality secret while he hooks up harmfully with a teenage boy through an online dating site. In December, he returns as fancy-free jazz trombonist Antoine Batiste on HBO’s glorious New Orleans series “Treme,” airing its final season. And that’s all on top of Pierce’s dandy new role on “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which premieres on NBC Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition.