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    Early NY Times Review Of "Porgy & Bess" Revival Calls It An "Anxious And Confused Production"

    Time flies... the revival opened last night at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, on its way to Broadway run in a few months, despite musical theater god Stephen Sondheim's majestic smack-down of this new revival, for what he feels are extreme reworkings of the original work (read his ...

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    Katori Hall Talks "Radical" MLK Jr in 'The Mountaintop' Interview

    In an interview with New York Timeout, Katori Hall discusses what influenced/inspired her in writing the controversial Martin Luther King Jr. character for her Broadway play The Mountaintop, which starts previews September 22nd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

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    Tyler Perry Begins National Tour With New Play Examining Class; Movie Adaptation Next?

    I just received notice that Tyler Perry will go on a national tour this fall with a new play he wrote and will direct titled The Haves and The Have Nots. He doesn't act in this one though; strictly a behind the stage effort this time.

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    "He was as fragile and as flawed as anyone," Samuel L. Jackson Talks MLK Jr. in 'The Mountaintop'

    “The King I am showing just came in from delivering the ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech,” says Jackson. The reverend is very tired, and the only other actor onstage is Jackson’s longtime friend Angela Bassett, who plays Camae, a hotel employee delivering room service who stays to talk. “He’s t...

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    Daphne Rubin-Vega & Wood Harris Round Out Starring Cast Of "Streetcar Named Desire" Revival

    Hot off the presses... from my inbox:

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    First Look At Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Rest Of "Porgy & Bess" Revival Cast

    Despite musical theater god Stephen Sondheim's majestic smack-down of this new revival, for what he feels are extreme reworkings of the original work (read his New York Times op-ed HERE), the show apparently still will go on...

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    Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon Talk Broadway Production Of "Stick Fly" + Website Launches + Tix On Sale

    George C. Wolfe, Bill T. Jones and Kenny Leon pretty much dominate the current theaterscape it seems, when it comes to black directors attached to Broadway shows. Did I miss anyone else, theater geeks?

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    Diahann Carroll And Obba Babatunde Will Be Honored At 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

    Tony winner Diahann Carroll and Tony nominee Obba Babatunde will be among those honored at the 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, which takes place on August 29, at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.

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    Nicole Ari Parker Is Blanche Du Bois To Blair Underwood's "Stanley Kowalski" In "Streetcar"

    Blair Underwood has found his Blanche Du Bois. Nicole Ari Parker will make her Broadway debut as Blanche Du Bois, opposite Underwood (also making his Broadway debut) playing Stanley Kowalski, in the Emily Mann-directed production of A Streetcar Named Desire, scheduled to debut in spring 2012.

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    Teaser For "The Mountaintop" Starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett

    As we already know, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett will soon star as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the mysterious Camae respectively, in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, directed by Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).

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