By Walter Rutledge
I believe that anything that is truly memorable in our lives is an evolution and doesn’t happen over night. The Broadway hit musical Memphis, winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, started the arduous road to Broadway acclaim over seven years ago. That seems just a little longer than it took to finally complete this commentary.
Posted in Musicals, Theater
Tagged Cass Morgan, Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Joe DiPietro, Memphis, Montego Glover, Sergio Trujillo, Shubert Theater, The Greene Space, Tony Awards, Walter, Walter's World:
Aretha Franklin wore the same dress she wore to the Tony awards Sunday night to the Apollo Theater Awards Monday night. She accessorized with the same necklace, boa, and shoes, but changed her hair. This is awesome, because honestly, wearing the same thing two nights in a row is not some freakish thing — who hasn’t worn the same thing they wore on a Friday out again on Saturday because they were going out with different people and the outfit happened not to smell too badly of cigarette smoke and sweat? Divas can get away with almost anything.
On Monday June 7, cast members of the Broadway hit Fela! were in the mix at Brooklyn Bowl for the official Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party presented by the Knitting Factory. The two individuals who have taken on the huge responsibility of bringing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti to life in the play, Tony Award Nominated Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo were front and center greeting and mingling with guests. Cast members Iris Wilson and Tony Award Nominated Lillias White also joined in the festivities early on saying hello to everyone and posing for pictures. Continue reading
Posted in Broadway, Entertainment, Harlem, Salters Scene
Tagged ?uestlove, Brooklyn Bowl, Fela, Kevin Mambo, Knitting Factory, Lillias White, Sahr Ngaujah, The Roots, Tony Awards
Jordin Sparks is about to become the latest “American Idol” alum to head to the Great White Way. The 2007 “Idol” winner will make her Broadway debut on August 19, Continue reading
The cast of In the Heights (which takes place in North Harlem) with actor Lin-Manuel Miranda on their shoulders, celebrate winning Best Musical at the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in New York, June 15, 2008. Continue reading
For Tony Award Nominee and Harlem School for the Arts (HSA) Alumna De’ Adre Aziza of Passing Strange. De’Adre is nominated for ”Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical” for her work in Passing Strange, the runaway Broadway hit which is nominated for 7 Tony Awards. Continue reading