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IT’S THE CIRCLE OF LIFE | THE LION KING LIVE ACTION FILM 2019

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Walt Disney Pictures announced the full cast for its 2019 live-action remake of “The Lion King” on Wednesday to thunderous roars of approval.

Donald Glover will voice the character of Simba and Beyoncé will voice Nala. James Earl Jones, who was in the original 1994 film, will return to lend his voice as Simba’s father, Mufasa, once more. A trio of comedians, John Oliver, Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner, will play Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon.

Many of the original songs are expected to return, according to reports, and the film will be a live-action remake similar to what Disney has done with “The Jungle Book,” which was released last year and went on to become a box office smash grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide.

The film, directed by Jon Favreau, will be released July 19, 2019.

I’m Rooting for umm EVERYBODY BLACK… – Black Emmy Winners

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We are with you Issa! We were rooting for everybody black too and we guess the rooting paid off! The 2017 Emmy’s were an iconic night of melanated winnings! We’ll get into the Emmy’s Insecure snub later…because ya know, why weren’t you nominated?

Here are some of the big winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Sterling K. Brown, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for ‘This Is Us’, poses in the press room during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

 

 

 

 

 


Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series 

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Donald Glover, winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Atlanta,’ poses in the press room during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Outstanding directing for a comedy series

Jamie Babbit, “Silicon Valley”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Mike Judge, “Silicon Valley”
David Mandel, “Veep”
Morgan Sackett, “Veep”
Dale Stern, “Veep”

Outstanding writing for a comedy series

Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, “Master of None”
Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Stephen Glover, “Atlanta”
Billy Kimball, “Veep”
David Mandel, “Veep”

Holler If Ya Hear Me | Sept.12 – Oct.8 | ATL

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Holler If Ya Hear Me

By Todd Kriedler
Music by Tupac Shakur
Directed by Kenny Leon

Get Your Tickets HERE.

Sept 12 – Oct 8, 2017

An American Musical inspired by the music and lyrics of late rapper Tupac Shakur. The music of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices comes to life in this non-biographical musical about friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope.  ‘On my block we still pray’ is the heart of this moving original musical. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges as we peak into a window of realities on the streets still relevant with issues our society faces today.

Two Can Play That Game | Nov.10 – Nov.12 | DC

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Writer/Director/Producer Je’Caryous Johnson who brought you the sold out hit play, “MARRIED BUT SINGLE,” is back with his next romantic comedy – “TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME.” The movie you loved is now a stage play and coming to your city. “TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME” is the comedy that proves when men start playing around, women will even the score. Hollywood Star and Queen of the Screen Vivica A. Fox reprises her role from the original movie as relationship guru, Shante Smith and gives fans the real low down on everyday rules to relationships. The stage version gives audiences the same story they fell in love with in the original movie with some new twists and turns. When it comes to matters of the heart, Shante Smith is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her girlfriends look to her for relationship advice. But soon, Shante’s own relationship becomes the example when her boyfriend, Keith, is caught red-handed stepping out with his co-worker and her archrival, Conny. However, when Shante institutes a plan full of tricks and games to get Keith to act right, he, with the help of his friend Tony, fire back with a quickness, letting Shante know that “TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME.” So, whether you call it a “Battle of the Sexes” or “Love and War,” “TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME” explores the rules of dating in a hilarious way and displays how men and women relate or don’t relate to each other.

Emergency | Sept.15 | Baltimore

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Actor and playwright Daniel Beaty presents Emergency, an Obie Award-winning solo performance featuring 40 characters.

Present day. A slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NYC into a frenzy. Emergency is an intricately woven, urgent, witty and moving exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. An explosive play where rhythm, rhyme and remembrance rise.

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and community activist. He is the co-writer and lead actor of the upcoming feature film Chapter & Verse with Loretta Devine and Omari Hardwick about a man who re-integrates into society after eight years in prison. His critically acclaimed plays Through the Night, Emergency, Mr. Joy, Breath & Imagination, and The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Paul Robeson, have been produced at leading theaters across the nation and venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the White House, garnering numerous awards including an Obie award for writing and performance and three NAACP Theatre Awards. A highly requested keynote speaker, Beaty has spoken throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

This engagement of Daniel Beaty is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is also sponsored in part by funds from CIRCA, UMBC’s Center for Research, Innovation and Creativity in the Arts.

Tickets: $15 general admission and $10 non-UMBC students/seniors. This special event is free to UMBC students. There will be a limited number of tickets available in the box office one hour before the performance.

Parking and Directions:
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8 directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Proscenium Theatre is located on the first floor — please click here for additional information.

Skeleton Crew | Sept.6 – Oct.8 | DC

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SKELETON CREW

09/06/17 – 10/08/17

WRITTEN BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
DIRECTED BY PATRICIA MCGREGOR

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As rumors spread through one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit, a tight-knit family of workers face what they’re willing to sacrifice to survive.


Some descriptionFaye has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit. Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie owes a nearly unpayable debt to his work family. As rumors spread of a plant shutdown, these tight-knit workers face what they’re willing to sacrifice to survive. A timely and searing portrait of livelihoods under siege from Detroit native Morisseau

Lela & Co. | Sept.16 – Oct.1 | DC

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Lela & Co.

Written by Cordelia Lynn
Directed by Helen Hayes Award winner & Factory 449 company member RICK HAMMERLY
Conceived & developed w/Desara Bosnja & 1989 Productions

ANACOSTIA ARTS CENTER
1231 Good Hope Road, SE WDC 20020
Get your tickets HERE.

In the beginning was the mattress. Gradually, other little changes – more bolts on the front door; the gun; the locked cupboard. And she knew in her heart that change was bad.

Featuring 5-time Helen Hayes Award nominee & Factory 449 company member FELICIA CURRY with RENALDO McCLINTON

When 14-year-old Lela marries and is relocated to an unnamed country in the throes of civil war, she finds herself isolated, locked up, and eventually enslaved. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. unravels a story of war, oppression, and sex trafficking through language that vacillates from girlish innocence to pointed satire.

Lela & Co. is a harrowing journey which ultimately explores the power of hope and the strength of the human spirit.

Name Calling | Sept.23 – Sept.24 | DC

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This riveting work is a one-woman show that examines the what happens when the normalized trauma becomes too much for one woman to bear. But when this day is like no day she’s ever experienced before, will she rage against her routine of silence and acceptance or do something totally unexpected and out of character.

This hip hop theatre work filled with music, poetry, and energy, asks us the question, is there a love strong enough to keep you afloat when the world is drowning you?

Grab tickets here: https://theateralliance.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S0P000006u5xWUAQ

The Very Last Days of The Colored Circus | Oct.19 – Nov. 12 | DC

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ANNOUNCING THE WORLD PREMIER OF

THE VERY LAST DAYS OF THE FIRST COLORED CIRCUS,”
WRITTEN BY STEVEN A. BUTLER, JR.
(2016 ARENA STAGE PLAYWRIGHTING FELLOW)

OCTOBER 19- NOVEMBER 12, 2017

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“A hugely satisfying saga bursting with heart, humor, and song.” ~DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Musical sequence in the second act makes you sit up straight.” ~The Washington Post

“Butler has the grit and talent to go far.” ~DC Theatre Scene

(Washington D.C.) From the creators of last year’s Helen Hayes Awards recommended hit, “Chocolate Covered Ants,”Restoration StageInc. returns with a redemptive new story of love, loss, and family set against the backdrop of the 1927 Charles County Fair.  Written by Arena Stage Playwright’s Arena Fellow Steven A. Butler, Jr. and directed by Courtney Baker-Oliver, “The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus” is an epic story that you won’t soon forget. Butler’s intense and heartwarming drama about the plight of Black Entertainers in 1920’s America is laced with infectious musical performances and set in his rural hometown. This must see production showcases a rare moment in local African American history and is a love letter to the complicated lives, love, and loss of the forgotten Black circus performer. The show received rave reviews in its debut workshop presentation earlier this year.

 

THE PLOT:

The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus” tells the story of how Butler’s great-great grand parents Ollie Tyson and Ruby Dyson fell in love and settled in La Plata, Md. Interweaved into the intense drama is original and 1920’s music guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seats. As the performers navigate the struggles that Black performers had to endure in order to survive doing the art they loved, they persevere with noble dignity and remarkable courage.

“The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus” is written bySteven A. Butler, Jr. and is directed by Courtney Baker-Oliver(Duke Ellington School of the Arts). Baker-Oliver andChristopher John have composed original songs. Wilkie Ferguson (Motown, the Musical) is the Musical Director.Raquis Petree (Set It Off, the Musical) is the Choreographer.Desire Dubose is the Assistant Director. Baker-Oliver, Butler, Suli Myrie and Rikki Howie Lacewell are producers.

 

“The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus” runs October 19– November 12, 2017 at the Anacostia Playhouse (located at 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington DC  20020).

Tickets are $45-55, subject to change and based on availability, plus applicable fees.

For tickets and additional information on The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus and Restoration Stage, Inc. please contact 202-714-0646 or visit www.restorationstage.org

 

MEDIA LINKS:

http://dcw50.com/2017/02/27/black-owned-operated-theatre-company-works-to-restore-the-black-family-one-story-at-a-time/

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/African-American-Playwright-Brings-Ancestors_-Story-to-Life_Washington-DC-414545723.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand

http://washingtoninformer.com/restoration-stage-offers-rare-spotlight-for-black-stories/

http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/02/18/review-last-days-first-colored-circus-restoration-stage/

CHICAGO’S BLACK THEATER ALLIANCE 2017 AWARD NOMINATIONS 

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Wow what a day to be be proud and to be BLACK! Chicago has had a great and diverse 2017 theater season if I’m not mistaken this was a year full of diversity. This makes me beyond proud to be a black creative in this thriving city.


The 23rd Annual Black Theater Alliance Ira Aldridge Award nominations have been announced for 2017. According to Founder and President Vincent Williams, the venue, date and ticket information will be announced soon. For more information, visit btaawards.org.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE

The Negro Ensemble Company Award

Outstanding Stage Production:

An Octoroon – Definition Theatre Company and The Goodman Theatre

Black Pearl A Tribute To Josephine Baker – The Black Ensemble Theater

By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Hobo King – Congo Square Theatre Company

Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre


The Lorraine Hansberry Award

Best Writing of a Play

Kristiana Rae Colon – Octagon – Jackalope Theatre Company

Marcus Gardley – A Wonder In My Soul – Victory Gardens Theatre

Ntsako Mkhabela – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Dominique Morisseau – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

Antoinette Nwanda – Pass Over – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Charles Smith – Objects In The Mirror – The Goodman Theatre


The Target Community Relations Award

Best Ensemble

Among All This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone – eta Creative Arts Foundation

An Octoroon – Definition Theatre Company and The Goodman Theatre

The Colored Museum – Pulse Theatre Company Chicago

The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre

Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

The Lloyd Richards Award

Best Direction of a Play

Ilesa Duncan – Rutherford’s Travels – Pegasus Theatre Chicago

Ron OJ Parson – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

Kemati Porter and Ntsako Mkhabela – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Chuck Smith – Objects In the Mirror – The Goodman Theatre
The Oscar Brown, Jr. Award

Best Direction of a Musical

Daryl D. Brooks – Black Pearl: A Tribute To Josephine Baker – The Black Ensemble Theater

Lili-Anne Brown – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

Rueben Echoles and Jackie Taylor – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater

Samuel G. Roberson (Posthumously) – The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre
The Douglas Alan Mann Award

Best Direction of an Ensemble

Donterrio Johnson and Aaron Mitchell Reese – The Colored Museum – Pulse Theatre Company Chicago

Tim Rhoze – Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Jonathan Wilson – Among All This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone – eta Creative Arts Foundation
The Sidney Poitier Award

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Breon Arzell – Rutherford’s Travels – Pegasus Theatre Chicago

Kamal Angelo Bolden – Man In The Ring – Court Theatre

Manny Buckley – Transit – American Blues Theatre

Allen Gilmore – Man In The Ring – Court Theatre

Daniel Kyri – Objects In the Mirror – Goodman Theatre

Al’ Jaleel McGhee – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company
The Ossie Davis, Jr. Award

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Ronald L. Conner – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

Jeffrey Owen Freelon, Jr. – A Wonder In My Soul – Victory Gardens Theatre

Charles Andrew Gardner – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

Edwin Lee Gibson – Beyond Caring – Lookingglass Theatre Company

Allen Gilmore – Objects In The Mirror – The Goodman Theatre

Namir Smallwood – East Texas Hot Links – Writers Theater

Geno Walker – Blues For An Alabama Sky – Court Theatre
The Ruby Dee Award

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Tyla Abercrumbie – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

J. Nicole Brooks – Beyond Caring – Lookingglass Theatre Company

Greta Oglesby – A Wonder In My Soul – Victory Gardens Theatre

Lanise Shelley – King Liz – Windy City Playhouse

Toya Turner – Blues For An Alabama Sky – Court Theatre

Wandachristine – Beauty’s Daughter – American Blues Theatre

Jacqueline Williams – A Wonder In My Soul – Victory Gardens Theater
The Hattie McDaniel Award

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Echaka Agba – At The Table – Broken Nose Theatre

Caren Blackmore – Beyond Caring – Lookingglass Theatre Company

Linda Bright Clay – A Wonder In My Soul – Victory Gardens Theatre

Kristin E. Ellis – Paradise Blue – TimeLine Theatre Company

Kiki Layne – Octagon – Jackalope Theatre Company

Lily Mojekwu – Objects In The Mirror – The Goodman Theatre
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Award

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Deverin Deonte – I Am Who I Am: The Story Of Teddy Pendergrass – Black Ensemble Theater

Mark ‘JP’ Hood – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater

Evan Tyrone Martin – Jesus Christ Superstar – Paramount Theatre

Rashawn Thompson – I Am Who I Am: The Story Of Teddy Pendergrass – Black Ensemble Theater

Denzel Tsopnang – Ragtime – Griffin Theatre Company
The Bill Bojangles Robinson Award

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Frederick Harris – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

Steven Perkins – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

James Earl Jones ll – The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre

Vincent Jordan – My Brother’s Keeper: The Story Of The Nicholas Brothers – Black Ensemble Theater

Kyle Smith – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater
The Lena Horne Award

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Sydney Charles – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

Donica Lynn – Smokey Joe’s Café – Drury Lane Theatre

Joan Ruffin – Black Pearl: A Tribute To Josephine Baker – Black Ensemble Theater

Jessica Seals – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater
The Eartha Kitt Award

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Anna Dauzvardis – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

Kyla Fyre – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater

Nicole Michelle Haskins – The Wiz – Kokandy Productions

Aeriel Williams – Black Pearl: A Tribute To Josephine Baker – Black Ensemble Theater
The Harry Belafonte Award

Best Actor in an Ensemble

Kai A. Ealy – Among All This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Jon Michael Hill – Pass Over – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Colin Jones – Among All This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Julian Parker – Pass Over – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Jelani Pitcher – Sweet – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Michael Rawls – Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre
The Ethel Waters Award

Best Actress in an Ensemble

Demetra Drayton – The Colored Museum – Pulse Theatre Company Chicago

Asia Jackson – Among All This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Shadana Patterson – Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Jelani Smith – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Alicia Watley – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation
The Denzel Washington Award

Most Promising Actor

Sheldon Brown – Man In The Ring – Court Theater

Daniel Kyri – Objects In The Mirror – The Goodman Theater

Tevion Lanier – How We Got On – Haven Theatre

Luce Metrius – East Texas Hot Links – Writers Theatre

Jelani Pitcher – Sweet – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre
The Phylicia Rashad Award

Most Promising Actress

Adia Alli – Sweet – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Fania Bourne – In De’ Beginnin’ – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Aayisha Humphrey – A Hedda Gabler – Red Tape Theatre

Jelani Smith – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Alicia Watley – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation
The Duke Ellington Award

Best Musical Direction

Robert Reddrick – I Am Who I Am: The Story Of Teddy Pendergrass – The Black Ensemble Theater

Christie Chiles Twillie – Yellowman – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Timothy Walker – Chicago’s Bronzeville: The Musical – Madhi Theatre Company
The Katherine Dunham Award

Best Choreography in a Play

Breon Arzell and Florence Walker Harris – The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre

Rueben Echoles – Black Pearl: A Tribute To Josephine Baker – Black Ensemble Theater

Racheal Walker and Mathew Williams – Chicago’s Bronzeville: The Musical – Madhi Theatre Company
Best Choreography in a Music/Dance Concert

Joshua L. Ishmon – When Men… – Deeply Rooted Productions

Jeremy Noah – Radio Africa – Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

Christopher Walker – Manifest – Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
The Alvin Ailey Award

Best Choreography (Non-Resident)

Hope Boykin – r–Evolution – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Robert Garland – Brahms Variations – Dance Theatre Of Harlem

Billy Wilson (Posthumously) – The Winter In Lisbon– Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
The Shirley Prendergast Award

Best Lighting Design

Phoenix and Oliver Ballentine – Sweet – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Darryl Goodman, Sr. – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Denise Karczewski – The Other Cinderella – Black Ensemble Theater

Richard Norwood – Hobo King – Congo Square Theater Company
The Ruth E. Carter Award

Best Costume Design

Jos N. Banks – The Colored Museum – Pulse Theatre Company Chicago

De Alexander and Carolyn London – Chicago’s Bronzeville: The Musical – Madhi Theatre Company

Samantha Jones – The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre

Ruthanne Swanson – I Am Who I Am: The Story Of Teddy Pendergrass– Black Ensemble Theater
The Mike Sargent Award

Best Sound Design

Debbie Banos – The Colored Museum – Pulse Theatre Company Chicago

Darryl Goodman, Sr. – By The Apricot Trees – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Aaron Quick – The Other Cinderella – The Black Ensemble Theater
The Ed Burbridge Award

Best Set Design

Patrice Davidson – In De’ Beginnin’ – eta Creative Arts Foundation

Andrei Onegin – Hobo King – Congo Square Theatre Company

Tim Rhoze – Sweet – Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre
Bring It Black Chicago is looking forward to a great evening with all this talent stay connected for more updates on the 2017 BTA AWARDS

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