Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Louis Armstrong Unveiled: New play exposes a more personal side of Jazz Legend
Written by Danielle Cralle 22 May 2015
John Douglas Thompson in ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf.’ (T. Charles Erickson Photo) For many people, Louis Armstrong is remembered as one of jazz music’s greatest trumpet players, famous for crossing ... read more >>
LA Sentinel Night at “Motown the Musical”
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 21 May 2015
 Music enthusiasts had the opportunity to mix their favorite music with newspaper knowledge “Motown the Musical” is set to be in Los Angeles until June 7th at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. ... read more >>
‘Motown the Musical’ Examines the life of Berry Gordy
Written by Troy Tieuel, Sentinel Contributing Writer 07 May 2015
Berry Gordy (center) joins Smokey Robinson (second from left) along with family and friends on the red carpet. (Valerie Goodloe photo)      Berry Gordy, Jr    (Valerie Goodloe photo)      Berry ... read more >>
Berry Gordy Opens Famous Motown Musical in L.A.
Written by Danny Bakewell Jr. Executive Editor 07 May 2015
Motown Director Charles Randolph Wright, Berry Gordy & Smokey Robinson sit down for a Q&A (Valerie Goodloe photo)   The Motown sound began with Berry Gordy as a dreamer in Detroit and the ... read more >>
Motown: The Musical Hits Los Angeles!
Written by Nicole Williams, Staff Writer 30 April 2015
  Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy (center right) & Cast MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (C) Joan Marcus, 2015.  On its first-ever national tour, Motown: The Musical heads to Los Angeles ... read more >>
Alvin Ailey comes to L.A.
Written by Danielle Cralle, staff writer 16 April 2015
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Kirven Douthit-Boyd in David Parson's Caught.  Photo by Rosalie O'Connor   On Wednesday, April 15 The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made its way to Los ... read more >>
Jennifer Hudson will play Shug Avery in The Color Purple Revival
Written by Shonassee Shaver Staff Writer 27 January 2015
Dreamgirls’ star Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple this fall. Produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Oprah Winfrey, the Grammy, Oscar and ... read more >>
Yes to Porgy and Bess!
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 26 April 2014
Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life takes center stage in one of the many entertaining musical performances of "Porgy and Bess." Photos courtesy of Center Theatre  Group The Broadway musical still ... read more >>
Smokey Joe’s Café Heats up Pasadena Playhouse
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer 10 October 2013
  On September 22, in sunny Pasadena, the Pasadena Playhouse presented ‘Smokey Joes Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller’ to a capacity audience.  Running until October 13, those interested ... read more >>
Hattie…What I Need You to Know Returns to LA
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 March 2013
   Hattie…What I Need You To Know! is back by popular demand and will be at the Hudson Backstage Theatre each weekend through April 14, 2013. Hattie…What I Need You to Know is a celebration of Hattie ... read more >>
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 March 2013
    This March 5, 2013 photo shows Berry Gordy posing for a portrait in front of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)  JOINS MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB WITH $1,029,883. ... read more >>
Pullum Community Arts Center presented Dream Girls at the Washington High School Dream Theater
Written by Troy Tieuel, Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 December 2012
  "There are four Dreamgirls," said Denna Jones just before they introduced Effie White back into the group and sung the finale and title song "Dreamgirls". From left to right:, Brook Brewer as Michelle ... read more >>
Intimate Apparel
Written by Chelsea Battle (Contributing Writer) 21 November 2012
  A revealing play about what happens when romance goes tragically wrong.   In her award winning play, “Intimate Apparel,” Lynn Nottage explores what happens when the human desire for love is ... read more >>
Director Sheldon Epps gets Intimate
Written by Chelsea Battle (Contributing Writer) 16 November 2012
    Sheldon Epps, director for the Pasadena’s Playhouse’s latest production “Intimate Apparel” discusses the play in depth.   SENTINEL: Why did you choose to direct Intimate Apparel?   Sheldon ... read more >>
Celebs perform stories from author John Edgar Wideman
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 September 2012
Dennis Haybert     Gary Dourdan Jason George   WordTheatre’s Storytales: Featuring celebrities performing stories from acclaimed African-American author John Edgar Wideman’s literary ... read more >>
Berry Gordy does Motown one more time
Written by Jennifer Bihm, Contributing Writer 26 July 2012
  Berry Gordy, the Master of Motown with some of the Motown legends.   Though others have tried, in doing ‘Motown: the Musical,’ Berry Gordy, the Motown genius tells the Motown story, like only ... read more >>
JITNEY – Where it all began for the legendary playwright August Wilson
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 June 2012
    Ellis E. Williams, David McKnight and Larry Bates in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco. August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” began ... read more >>
Blair Underwood taps into his brutish stage side
Written by MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press 05 April 2012
In this March 7, 2011 file photo, actor Blair Underwood is photographed in New York. Underwood taps into his brutish side for Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." opening April 22, 2012. (AP ... read more >>
"A Raisin in the Sun"- A must see
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 February 2012
A Raisin in the Sun. Photo by Craig SchwartzThe play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry starring Kevin T. Carroll, Deidrie Henry, Kenya Alexander, and Kim Staunton, directed by actress, Phylicia ... read more >>
Mekhi Phifer tries to get used to Broadway screams
Written by MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press 15 January 2012
In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, from left, Rosie Benton, Mekhi Phifer and Tracie Thoms appear at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway play "Stick Fly", in New York. Mekhi ... read more >>
Angela Bassett 'loving' her return to Broadway
Written by MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press 14 January 2012
___In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, honoree Angela Bassett arrives at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bassett is turning heads on Broadway playing Camae, ... read more >>
FELA! is a must see!!
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 22 December 2011
  FELA!FELA, on opening night, blew the audience away!By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff WriterPowerful. Sensual. Hypnotic. Empowering. Awesome. There are so many things that can be said about the hot ... read more >>
The Women Behind The Fela
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 16 December 2011
Paulette Ivory as Sandra Izsadore with Sahr Ngaujah as FelaMelanie Marshall as Funmilayo with Sahr Ngaujah as FelaMulti-talented stage actresses Paulette Ivory and Melanie Marshall talk about hit play ... read more >>
FELA ! brings holiday cheer
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 December 2011
 The exuberant music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will fill the Ahmanson Theatre this holiday season as the 2010 Best Musical Tony Award®-nominated musical will be presented for the first time ... read more >>
Tasha and Michael on Angela and Marcus
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 25 November 2011
Tasha Smith & Michael Jai White The “For Better or Worse” Interview A dedicated and consummate performer, Tasha Smith is known for bringing style and intense character portrayals to the screen. ... read more >>

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