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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an up-and-coming Broadway actor known for his work on the Broadway production of Les Miserables, has died after an accidental fall from his mother’s fire escape. He was 21. Jean-Baptiste made Broadway history when he was cast for the understudy role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Earning the role made him both the youngest actor to ever…

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Ozara Odé captivates the audience as she portrays Nina Simone. This rising star dreams of taking on the big screen in the near future. What inspired you to get into the entertainment business? I was actually inspired to get into the entertainment business to draw attention to the causes that are most near and dear to…

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Gail Bean is a Broadway actress and writer who starred in in The Special Project (2013) and Duffle (2014). This year, the 22-year-old beauty is set to star in the Sundance hit Unexpected alongside Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age of Ultron). The indie film follows the controversial story of a teacher and student who simultaneously discover they are…

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Clare Bathé has toured the world, mesmerizing everyone within earshot of her rich voice. From Broadway’s Jelly’s Last Jam, to off-Broadway’s “A” My name is Alice, Rap Master Ronnie, Stagger Lee, and Shades of Harlem, and serving as dance captain and vocal captain in Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music, Bathé has graced the world’s most prestigious stages singing for the…

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Oh the heels of providing the vocals for Lifetime’s “Whitney” biopic this past January, Grammy-nominated singer Deborah Cox will now assume the lead in the North American tour of a musical stageplay adaption of Houston’s 1992 hit movie, The Bodyguard. The musical, which actually made its debut at London’s Adelphi Theatre in 2012, originally starred Broadway star…

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Norm Lewis made history as first African American Phantom on Broadway (Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy/The Publicity Office)

Actor Norm Lewis of “Scandal” fame ended his historic run as the first ever African American to star in the role of Phantom on Broadway in the production of “Phantom of the Opera.” Lewis began his run in Broadway’s longest running production on May 12, 2014, and ended it on Feb. 7, 2015. The Tony…

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It’s official — Jennifer Hudson is heading to Broadway. For months now, rumors have circulated that the Oscar and Grammy winner will make her big debut in the John Doyle revival of “The Color Purple.” However, she won’t be playing who you expected. Although The New York Post mistakenly reported that Hudson will take on…

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Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical inspired by the life and lyrics of the late Tupac Shakur, has been forced to close on June 20th due to poor ticket sales. The non-biographical rap musical set in an inner-city neighborhood in the Midwest just opened a month ago, but it was met with low attendance and mixed reviews. Attendance was low, even during previews in early June.

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Singer and poet Saul Williams is earning early rave reviews for his starring turn in the new Broadway play “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a musical based on the music and lyrics of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. On what would have been the iconic hip-hop star’s 43rd birthday, Williams shared a playlist of his favorite Tupac exclusively songs on Rdio.

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Ruby Dee died today at the age of 91. Along with an outstanding career in theater and movies, Dee, and her late husband, Ossie Davis, were activists in the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of her legacy, we present 10 powerful Ruby Dee quotes that will inspire you. “God, make me so uncomfortable that I…

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The 68th annual Tony Awards handed out honors last night to some of Broadway’s top performers at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and singer-actres, Audra McDonald became the most decorated actress in Tony Awards history. Known for her work alongside fellow actor Taye Diggs in “Private Practice,” McDonald won her sixth Tony for portraying…

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Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin In the Sun returned to Broadway this week, and this latest revival breathes new life into a timeless piece of American theater. With two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington taking on the role of frustrated dreamer Walter Lee Younger, Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo as his practical wife Ruth and Broadway veterans Latanya Richardson and Anika Noni Rose as the family matriarch and Walter Lee’s little sister, respectively

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Angela Robinson stars on OWNs hit series, the Tyler Perry-created “The Haves and the Have Nots” as “ice queen” Veronica Harrington, and the Florida native enjoys playing a character that fans sometimes love to hate. “The fan reactions are up and down. It depends on the storyline,” she says with a laugh. “I’m one of those characters will be loved and hated simultaneously in any given episode. That’s a lot of fun—to read the tweets about how much they loved the character. Then after another scene, it’s ‘I can’t stand that character!’”

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