TALKS: Laiona Michelle is Nanna in Amazing Grace on Broadway

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Laiona Michelle

Amazing Grace, the new Broadway musical currently playing at the Nederlander Theater is a biomusical about John Newton and the story behind the famous Christian hymn published in 1779. The tale also features fictitious characters who add to the historical drama, such as Nanna. Talented Broadway newcomer Laiona Michelle plays Nanna, a vital character who…. well, let’s just have Laiona Michelle tell you. AIC writer Halle Morse caught up with Laiona to learn all about Nanna and her journey to Broadway.

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CALL for Singers/Actors and Technicians for CARAVAN STAGE COMPANY, Tall Ship Theatre

Auditions for SINGER/ACTORS of color as well as THEATRE TECHNICIANS for an original experimental opera called ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’. ‘Hacked’ will go into production in Brooklyn NY and tour the East Coast of the US and Canada. The Caravan Stage Company, (www.caravanstage.org) is a professional theatre company that travels and performs with a diverse and international cast on its own 90 ft Sailing/Theatre Ship. The Caravan creates original experimental theatre/opera encompassing the themes of human and political rights, social and environmental justice. The cast and crew live, work, and sail on the Caravan’s theatre ship, the Amara Zee.

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BEYOND THE STAGE: Downton Abbey

DowntonAbbeyNot sure how many of you are Downton Abbey fans (I’ve yet to jump on the train myself) buuuut here’s some interesting news regarding their attempts to add artists of color to the cast…

Read about it here.

When asked about criticism in some quarters (last year) that the show did not contain any black characters, the writer said it would be “rather nice to open it up ethnically a bit.”

Credits: The Telegraph