Theatre Thursdays: Broadway in Black

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Gentle Readers,

This is my last post as a regular writer for Lady Geek Girl & Friends. It’s been a wonderful yearlong ride, so big thanks to everyone here at the blog and you all for reading my posts. I hope that I’ve written something in the past twelve months that made you think a little. Now that we’ve gotten all the sappiness out of the way, let’s talk about theatre. More specifically, let’s talk about diversity in theatre. I’m always on the lookout for good, diverse theatre, as well as projects and performances that reach out to non-mainstream audiences. I’ve made argument after argument about the importance of more inclusive theatre. At this stage, to rehash each and every one for you would be redundant. So let me take you somewhere else. Continue reading

Theatre Thursday: Holler if Ya Hear Me Redux

A long time ago, in a galaxy somewhere near South Central Pennsylvania, I promised my gentle readers updates on Holler if Ya Hear Me, the upcoming musical based on the music of Tupac Shakur. The musical, directed by the esteemed Kenny Leon (the director of Broadway’s Raisin in the Sun, currently showing), will not engage with the story of Tupac’s life, but rather will use his music to tell a different story. Songs such as “California Love” and “Keep Ya Head Up” will score the story of two friends growing up in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. As the press notes mention, “through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, [Holler if Ya Hear Me] will give a window into realities of the streets still relevant today”.
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Theatre Thursdays: Holler If Ya Hear Me

Broadway these days, huh? Not just Broadway. If you, gentle reader, scan your world for news of theatre, you’ll find all sorts of interesting tidbits. Ron Weasley, er, Rupert Grint will be making his theatrical debut in London’s West End, playing in Butterworth’s Mojo. A play about Chelsea Manning has been up at the National Theatre Wales, and has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Shakespeare’s Richard III is being performed in a New York parking lot which is just too perfect. And there’s talk of mounting a musical production of Amelie on Broadway, but with no accordion in its score (gasp)!

But, while we’re on the subject of music and musicals, I’d like to go ahead and point out that… you know what? I’ll just say it: there’s going to be a Tupac Musical.

Breathe.

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