Throughout the month of February, the Broadway League has been posting videos celebrating and highlighting personal stories about the contributions of Black creators, pioneers, artists, and professionals to Broadway. Take a look and hear their stories, as history continues to be in the making.
Hadestown Production Stage Manager Beverly Jenkins talks about landmark Black performances on Broadway that have inspired her.
Wayne Brady has starred on Broadway in Chicago, Kinky Boots & Freestyle Love Supreme. He tells us about iconic moments in Black Broadway history that made him want to follow his dreams to Broadway.
Thelma Pollard is The Phantom of the Opera‘s longtime makeup supervisor and a Broadway veteran who worked on the original Ain’t Misbehavin.’ She recalls a trip to Paris where (did you know?) the show had a different title.
Toni R. Israel’s “full-circle moment” involved The Wiz. The Broadway marketing/PR exec whose shows include Hadestown spoke about a landmark Broadway production and its star.
Broadway performer and Broadway Advocacy Coalition Artistic Director Britton Smith channels director George C. Wolfe on making art and making history in Shuffle Along.
Broadway press rep & Tony Award-winning producer Irene Gandy speaks about Eubie!, one of many landmark shows she has worked on during her 50+ year Broadway career.
Legendary producer Voza Rivers talks about bringing Mbongeni Ngema’s “Asinamali!” and “Sarafina!” to Broadway.
Q. Smith, Come From Away‘s original Hannah, talks about a memorable Black Broadway history moment during her Broadway debut in Les Miserables.
Lillias White, a 1997 Tony Award-winner for The Life, talks about how seeing Joseph A. Walker’s Broadway play The River Niger shaped her artistic dreams.
Broadway marketing professional Marcia Pendelton speaks about the impact and legacy of Fela!, the 2009 musical centered on Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Michael James Scott, the Genie in Disney on Broadway’s Aladdin, talks about one of his earliest Broadway mentors and inspirations.
T. Oliver Reid, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Black Theatre Coalition, talks about a very special moment in Black Broadway history at the Winter Garden Theatre in May ’02.
NY Amsterdam News theatre critic Linda Armstrong shares some of the landmark Black Broadway productions she has reviewed during her 30+ year career.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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