*The Goodman Theatre in Chicago is the latest company to join a national effort to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
According to The AP, the Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien, Quetzel Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat as part of a March 3 production of “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege.”
Other theater companies that have signed on to present the works this season include the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, The Public Theater in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington D.C.
Journalist Miki Turner interviews Cicely Tyson for the Lifetime film “The Trip to Bountiful,” premiering March 8 at 9 p.m.
*It took a while but when Tony-Award winning actress Cicely Tyson finally entered the room, resplendent in a two-piece white skirt and top, it was immediately apparent why so many adore her.
Tyson, 80, hosted a series of 1-on-1 interviews to talk about her new Lifetime movie, “The Trip To Bountiful.” The film, which was originally released in the ’80s starring Oscar winner Geraldine Page, won Tyson her first Tony last year for best actress in a drama. The Lifetime movie costars Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”), Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. It’s the story of an older woman who lives with her son (Underwood) and his high-maintenance intolerant wife (Williams), but wants desperately to see her hometown one last time.
*First lady Michelle Obama praised award-winning performer Cicely Tyson Monday at a special White House screening of her latest work, “The Trip to Bountiful.”
The event was held in recognition of African-American history month, which FLOTUS said is about “honoring those who came before us” and “resolving to do our part to live up to that example.”
The Tony-Award winning play — originally created by playwright Horton Foote in 1953 — was revived on stage by Tyson and a stellar cast which drew massive crowds during the show’s run on Broadway and earned accolades for their distinguished work. Cable network Lifetime tapped Tyson and her stage co-stars Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams for a film adaptation, to debut next month.
*Audra McDonald will star as Billie Holliday this spring in the Broadway production “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a musical that imagines one of Holiday’s last performances in 1959.
Producers said Tuesday that the five-time Tony Award-winner will star as an ailing Holiday in a small club in Philadelphia, where she will let loose on such timeless classics as “Somebody’s On My Mind,” ”Don’t Explain” and “Strange Fruit.”
Previews begin March 25 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and opening night is set for April 13. The venue will allow some lucky members of the audience to sit at tables onstage.
Also, Amateur Night at The Apollo kicks off 2014 Season
Jennifer Jones Austin, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency, Jonelle Procope, Apollo President and CEO, Josie Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer CBS Corporation, Lisa S. Coico, President, The City College of New York, and Lauren Maillian-Bias, Founder and CEO Luxury Market Branding (Photo by Shahar Azran)
*February 14th is Valentine’s Day. A day filled with sweet sentiments – like the sending of cards, flowers, stuffed animals, chocolates, candies, jewelry, and restaurants overflowing with reservations.
It’s also the perfect time for engagements. And Uptown on 125th Street at The Apollo Theater, it’s a day in which the historic venue hosts a very special event, Dining with the Divas.
*This weekend EURweb was on the scene at the 45th NAACP Image Awards.
Watch what stars like Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Arsenio Hall, Anthony Anderson, Tatyana Ali, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Malcolm D. Lee had to say on the red carpet to EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas.
“It’s fun. It means you are in the club!”
Fan favorite Oprah Winfrey said nominations are pointers saying you’re moving in the right direction.