Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's On My Radar

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here's what's on my radar:

FELA! On Broadway continues to electrify audiences! There is nothing like it on Broadway. If you didn't get a chance to see it over the holiday, make sure you put it on your calendar! It is the perfect vehicle to celebrate Black History Month! Use this code to get 40% off the regular ticket price from January 4 - February 28, 2010. Visit and enter code FEWTG93. Call 212.947.8844 and mention code FEWTG93. Or go to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Box Office at 230 West 49th Street, and take a printout of this blog entry with you!

RAGTIME -- The beautifully done revival will play its final performance Sunday, January 10, 2010. For more info/tickets visit

SHE'S BAAACCKKK! Tyler Perry returns to the road in a new play featuring MEDEA! Medea's Big Happy Family will be at the WAMU Theater at Madision Square Garden in NYC January 27 through January 31. I'll have more details later!

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS -- A new musical drama featuring one of my favorite people, Colman Domingo (Passing Strange, A Boy and His Soul), at the Vineyard Theatre beginning February 15, 2010. The piece is based on a true story about nine African American men who were falsely accused of wrongdoing. POWERFUL! Music by musical theater legends Kander and Ebb (Really?? Yes. Really) Directed by Susan Stroman. We'll definitely have more to tell you about this production.

The Black Gents of Hollywood Theater Company -- These are the L.A.-based brothers who gave us the provocative WEBEIME produced by the Negro Ensemble Company. They are headed back to NYC with a critically-acclaimed, award-winning production about the Tuskegee Airmen -- BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE. Lamman Rucker (Jill Scott's superfine love interest in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?) is a founding company member. Stay tuned for details.

THROUGH THE NIGHT -- Written and performed by Daniel Beaty (Emergence-SEE!) Directed by Charles Randolph Wright. This is the story of six African American men age 10-60, and those who love them, about what it means to be black and male in America. Sneak Preview: The Riverside Theater. 91 Claremont Ave. NYC , Thursday, January 21 at 7pm.

CONGRATULATIONS to THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, FELA! and RUINED for making many Best of 2009 lists!!!

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Happy 2010! See you at the theater!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Hi Everyone.

Welcome to my Marcia's Black Theater Blog!

I love theater. Especially theater that tells the stories of people from the African Diaspora. I look forward to sharing what I am learning about, seeing, experiencing. I hope you'll let me know what you're seeing as well.

You'll also find commentary about music, dance, performance art, visual arts and literary arts. BUT, the emphasis here is on theater.

What's on my radar right now?

FELA! on Broadway. -- This show is like nothing you've experienced. Ever. This musical about the life of Nigerian artist, activist and Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is a must see for everybody. Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones serves as co-conceiver, director and choreographer. Now in previews at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on Broadway.

THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS at The Public Theater. Remember this name: TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY. Go see this trilogy by this awesome young brother. The plays: In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size, and Marcus, Or the Secret of Sweet are amazing. Tarell keeps it real!

DENZEL WASHINGTON is coming to Broadway in the spring in a revival of August Wilson's FENCES. I am drooling already. Look for an April start date!

That's it for now.

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