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.”
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.
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.
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.
VERNELL LILLIE By Genea L. Webb For New Pittsburgh Courier After 40 years on the scene Kuntu Repertory Theatre, the oldest and largest African-American performing Arts Center in Pittsburgh, is closing its doors.
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.
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.”