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EURweb’s Visit with Motown Founder Berry Gordy (WATCH)

*What would it be like to sit down with Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., Smokey Robinson and “Motown The Musical” director Charles Randolph Wright?  Well the day finally came, and as a select pool of the media entered the palatial setting of Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, there was an air of ecstasy in the building.  Press […]

Stephanie Mills Returning to ‘The Wiz’ for NBC’s Live Broadcast

*Stephanie Mills will ease on down to NBC’s upcoming musical adaptation of “The Wiz,” itself an African American musical adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Mills played Dorothy in Broadway’s “The Wiz” in 1975 and in a 1984 revival, but will portray Aunti Em in NBC’s live broadcast of the play. The network is […]

Broadway Stars to Honor B. Smith and Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Org.

*Broadway stars and singers will gather next week to celebrate former model and restaurateur B. Smith and raise money to help people with Alzheimer’s disease, reports the AP. Tony Award-nominee Keith David, current “Les Miserables” star Megan Osterhaus, “Motown the Musical” star N’Kenge, opera star John Davies and chef Marcus Samuelson will be on hand […]

James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson Reunite on Broadway for ‘The Gin Game’

*Broadway will have two legends gracing the same stage this fall. Producers said Wednesday that Tony Award-winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson will star in a revival of D.L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game” at the Golden Theatre. Previews start Sept. 21. In the play, an elderly man and woman play repeated games of gin […]

‘The Wiz’ is NBC’s Next Live TV Musical Event; Broadway to Follow

*Slide some oil to the Peacock…NBC has announced that its next live musical television event will be “The Wiz,” to air Thursday, Dec. 3, reports Variety. “The Wiz” marks NBC’s third production, after “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood and “Peter Pan Live!” in which Brian Williams’ daughter Allison Williams played the title […]

Tony Award Winning ‘Cinderella’ Opens at the Ahmanson in LA

*Paige Faure, Fran Drescher, Andy Huntington Jones and Kecia Lewis  are among the spirited, multi-talented and multi-cultural cast of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles through April 26. From the creators of “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” this Tony Award Winning musical and romantic classic […]

Brandy to Make Her Broadway Debut in ‘Chicago’

*Grammy Award winner Brandy will look to make her mark on Broadway for the first time in the long-running musical, “Chicago.” Producers announced Tuesday the singer and actress will play Roxie Hart starting April 28 at the Ambassador Theatre. Set in the 1920s, “Chicago” is a scathing satire of how show business and the media […]

Cynthia Erivo to Join Jennifer Hudson in ‘Color Purple’ Return (Promo)

*Cynthia Erivo will shake her shimmy with Jennifer Hudson this fall when the musical “The Color Purple” returns to Broadway. Erivo, who starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London in 2013, will reprise her role of Celie in her Broadway debut. The production, which begins previews in November at the Bernard B. Jacobs […]

Deborah Cox Set to Star as Josephine Baker in Broadway Musical

*Deborah Cox is set to star as Josephine Baker in a Broadway musical, which is inspired by Stephen Papich’s book “Remembering Josephine.” According to a press release, the musical “will revolve around Baker’s stint as the star of the Folies Bergere in Paris between 1939-45, her scandalous affair with Swedish Crown Prince Gustav VI, and her heroic […]

Oprah Winfrey to Shut Down Harpo Studios in Chicago

*The last tie linking Oprah Winfrey to her adopted home of Chicago is about to be severed. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter today, Winfrey revealed Harpo Studios in Chicago will be shut down by year’s end in favor of a transition to OWN headquarters in L.A. This move will bring Harpo’s 26-year run […]

Stevie Wonder Behind NBC Mini-Series on Underground Railroad

*Stevie Wonder is on board for an upcoming NBC miniseries set against the Underground Railroad. The project will focus on three couples based on real slaves who fought their way to freedom. Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for the project, may also be involved in a musical adaptation of the miniseries that NBC hopes […]

Jennifer Hudson to Play Shug Avery in ‘Color Purple’ Revival

*Jennifer Hudson is about to shake her shimmy on Broadway. The Oscar winning actress is will star as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple, producers Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Oprah Winfrey announced today. The role was played by Margaret Avery in the film and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes in the original Broadway production. […]