NYC cannot get enough of Shakespeare this season and The Public Theater is right on board! This month they (with the support of Miami’s GableStage and London’s Royal Shakespeare Company) are offering an edited version of Antony and Cleopatra by a young playwright/director of color Tarell Alvin McCraney (2013 MacArthur fellow, Choir Boy)! The show stars American actress Joaquina Kalukango and British actor Jonathan Cake. Keep reading for our thoughts and insiders guide to the show!
When the NY Phil announced Sweeney Todd as part of their season I was beyond ecstatic. Time went by and I waited in anticipation for the cast to be revealed. To my disappointment there were NO artists of color. However, within the last month I learned that there were indeed artists of color to be celebrated amongst the ensemble and I was lucky enough to sit down with one, Tiffany Mann!
Read on to learn about her transition to NYC (this is her first NY credit-congrats!), the significance of this show as a performer of color, and some breaking news about a surprise performer who is also involved in the show (hint: she’s a performer of color who has won five Tonys).
For those who don’t already know the musical Annie is coming to the big screen, this time with talented pint size actress, Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (aka Daddy Warbucks)! I remember wishing and hoping to see an Annie of color when I was growing up (It was one of my first few shows as a kid), and for that reason I’ve been really curious about the remake. Well, here’s our first look!
I had the wonderful opportunity to see David Henry Hwang’s latest work, Kung Fu, at Signature Theater this weekend, and I implore you to catch this evocative piece before it closes March 30th. The story of Bruce Lee is brought to the stage in this masterpiece filled with impressive choreography courtesy of Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Hwang’s (M. Butterfly, Golden Child) writing workmanship, and direction by Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish).
Mardi Gras will be here soon, so we’re taking it down to New Orleans this week with our THROWBACK THURSDAY featuring Marie Christine. Inspired by Marie Laveau (the historical Voodoo priestess) and written by Michael John LaChiusa, this retelling of the greek tragedy Medea came to Broadway in 1999 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center. The musical had a very short run, opening in December and closing in January, perhaps due to less than ideal reviews. Despite it’s brevity on Broadway, the show does deserve praise. Audra McDonald played the titular character with astounding force (I managed to catch the whole show at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center). She, along with LaChiusa, was nominated for a Tony award that year.
Who isn’t a fan of Audra??? Who?! Well if you need an extra reason to fall in love with this lady OR if you’ve yet to see her perform live, you’re in luck! Ms. McDonald is gonna sing the blues! Earlier this month many sources mentioned talk of a role for her opposite Before her rumored role opposite Oprah, however it turns out she is actually set to return to the Broadway stage as Billie Holliday in the one woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill!
Looking for something to do this Friday? Well you’re in luck! Arts in Color has teamed up with Subculture NYC to giveaway two (2) tickets to this Friday’s 10:00 pm performance of ‘What Would Beyonce Do?! featuring British standup comedian Luisa Omielan who continues to sell out houses all over London! Vogue says Omielan is, ‘So fresh, so original, so funny, that you should expect a full-on rearrangement of your insides’ while The Guardian mentions her ‘Megawatt comedy personality.’ Keep reading to figure out how to enter!
Showcase season is under way and other than a song, your outfit and…well a million other things you need a headshot.
Nothing can be more horrifying than paying money to have a bad headshot experience (especially for the ones you’ll be using for your introduction to the industry). I myself had a not so great experience as a kid with a headshot photographer who had no idea how to capture a person of color (my smile was radiant partially because my lips came out bright, gleaming, white in the photos-don’t ask). AIC is here to hopefully save you from some of that trauma, by providing you with a list of photogs who are guaranteed to show off your best attributes as a performer of color (some are even offering discounts to Arts in Color readers!) Read on for info, testimonials, and deals!
This Throwback Thursday we’re to headed Vietnam in the adaptation of Puccini’s iconic opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon. This romantic tragedy was brought to life by book writers Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and lyricists Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. in 1989 when it premiered on the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theater in 1991 and ran for 10 years! That’s a whopping 4,092 performances, making it the 12th longest running musical on Broadway. Continue reading
This season has been a big year for Shakespeare on and off-Broadway. We’ve had R & J twice, Mark Rylance and co. came across the pond for Twelfe Night and Richard III, the ladies at the Donmar Warehouse brought Julius Caesar to Brooklyn, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Comedy of Errors were in the park last summer, so many Macbeth’s I’ve lost count, Lear is in Brooklyn, and there are probably quite a few more that I’ve missed. Starting next week, you will have the chance to delve into the world of another great play by the Bard. After playing in London and Miami, this international collaboration (The Public Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, and GableStage) of Antony and Cleopatra is coming to NYC! Keep reading for my phone interview with one of the shows stars, Joaquina Kalukango.
It’s Throwback Thursday once again my friends, and this week we are focusing on a major classic: West Side Story. Now, if you’re a theater person and you don’t already know this show-shame on you! If you aren’t a theater person and you also don’t already know this show-still, shame on you! Only kidding! With a book by Arthur Laurents, iconic music by Leonard Bernstein, unforgettable lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and incredible choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the Upper West Side of 1950s New York City as two gangs battle for control of their turf. It’s the white-American Jets versus the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks, and the star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria get caught in the cross-fire as they fight to be together.
Hopefully you caught our preview article on Patina’s upcoming solo concert earlier today! Still looking for something to do this Friday? Well you’re in luck! Arts in Color has teamed up with Lincoln Center to giveaway one ticket to this Friday’s 7:30pm performance! Keep reading to figure out how to enter!