Tag: Theatre

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Dee Dee Bridgewater on a ‘demanding role’

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.”

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Review: Layon Gray’s ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’

RECRUITS WAITING FOR THE INTERVIEW IN THE HEAT Despite the fact that Blacks were considered to be lazy with small brains and no capacity to fly planes or do technical work, the men of the 332nd Fighter Group of the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps shot down that segregated stereotype with each task they passed at the in Tuskegee Alabama where African American pilots were trained.

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A decade of ambition… Pittsburgh playwright completes the cycle

FIRST STEPS—Mark Southers in PPTCO’s first venue, the Garfield Theatre, promoting the first play of the Cycle, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Many arts organizations struggle in their first few years; and they survive those first lean years through sheer determination. With Kuntu Repertory Theatre taking its final bow after 34 years of nurturing and showcasing the vast under-appreciated wealth of homegrown Black talent, Pittsburgh now has an even smaller handful of theater venues with a continuous agenda of providing regular opportunities for artists of color to perform.

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Big night for African-American actors, women at Tony Awards

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.

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‘It’s his time’ _ ‘Kinky Boots’ star and Pittsburgh native Porter on track for Tony Award

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.

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Pittsburgh area teen wins August Wilson Monologue Competition w/Video

WINNERS–This May 6, 2013 photo shows, front row from left, second-place winner Pablo Lopez from Los Angeles, overall winner Tambi Gxuluwe from Pittsburgh and third-place winner Branndin Phillips-Laramore from Chicago, winners of the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Gustavo Monroy) by Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — A 17-year-old from the Pittsburgh area has won the fifth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, performing a section of the playwright’s “King Hedley II” with powerful skill.

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‘Breath & Imagination’ story of groundbreaking classical singer

WORLD PREMIERE– Jubilant Sykes and Kecia Lewis in a scene from “Breath and Imagination” (Hartford Stage/T. Charles Erickson) by C. Denise Johnson For New Pittsburgh Courier Most playwrights hope their creations will move, entertain and meet favorable reviews. In the case of “Breath & Imagination,” Daniel Beatty’s latest work is a 3-pointer. City Theatre’s latest offering, a world premiere co-production with Hartford Stage, offers an outstanding platform for stellar performances.