By MARK KENNEDY NEW YORK — Lock up your ears – Mike Tyson’s coming to a theater near you. The former champion boxer and convicted rapist will take his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on a three-month tour to more than a dozen cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington, D.C. [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” has found its Stella. Producers said Tuesday that Daphne Rubin-Vega, who played Mimi in the original cast of “Rent” and Conchita in “Anna in the Tropics,” will play the role of Blanche’s weak sister in Tennessee Williams’ sultry drama. She joins Blair [...]
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Blair Underwood has found a new gig following the cancellation of NBC’s “The Event.” He will make his Broadway debut as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to be directed by Emily Mann. It will premiere in the spring 2012. The theater has yet to be announced. [...]
By Tim Nudd Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old Broadway singer whose fight against cancer drew the attention of Alicia Keys and Rihanna, has died. The soprano from Queens, New York, who recently played Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, passed away after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors had been unable to [...]
By Patrick Healy COLUMBIA, S.C. — Even many South Carolinians barely remember the night when two unarmed black college students and a high school senior were killed, and 28 others injured, after state troopers opened fire at a civil-rights demonstration on Feb. 8, 1968. It was the first incident of its kind on an American [...]
A bone marrow drive for an 11-year-old “Lion King” star with leukemia has turned out to be one of the hottest matinees on Broadway.
Some 385 people registered as bone marrow donors Sunday in hopes of helping Shannon Tavarez (tuh-VAR’-ehz) beat leukemia.
Shannon played the role of Young Nala the lion cub in “The Lion King” for seven months before she was diagnosed with the life-threatening blood cancer in April.
(AP) Family, particularly fathers and sons. Can there be a more inexhaustible topic for great playwrights? From Shakespeare (think all those “Henry” history plays) to Arthur Miller (consider “All My Sons” and “Death of a Salesman”), the subject has been potent dramatic fodder. And in “Fences,” August Wilson made his own unmistakable, powerful contribution to [...]
By Jason Zinoman Roger Guenveur Smith’s career suggests a belief in the great-man theory of history. Most people were introduced to him as the stuttering young man holding a photo of Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Do the Right Thing.” Later he provided expansive, wandering theatrical meditations in “A [...]