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In beguiling ‘American Prophet,’ Frederick Douglass lets freedom sing

August 2, 2022 | Written By Peter Marks| The Washington Post Link to the original post – Click Here To the grace notes in the oratory of 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, you can now add beguiling new ones, courtesy of the 21st-century composer Marcus Hummon. The songwriter infuses “American Prophet,” the exquisitely sung, melody-rich world […]

Photos & Video: See Cornelius Smith Jr. & More in Rehearsals for the World Premiere of AMERICAN PROPHET at Arena Stage

July 15, 2022 | Written By Chloe Rabinowitz | Broadway World Link to the original post – Click Here Arena Stage is presenting the world-premiere musical American Prophet. Created by Arena favorite Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena’s Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, Broadway’s Motown the Musical) and Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon (“Bless the Broken […]

Thanks to a new musical, Frederick Douglass dances into pop culture

July 23, 2022 | Written By Peter Marks | Washington Post Link to the original post – Click Here COURTESY OF TONY POWELL; WASHINGTON POST It begins, aptly enough, with a song about freedom. And Frederick Douglass singing it. Yes, that Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, writer and polymathic political thinker, who escaped enslavement and became one […]

In Broadway’s ‘Trouble in Mind,’ the Past and Present of Theater Collide

Jan 1st, 2022 | Written By Abbey White | Hollywood Reporter Link to the original post – Click Here COURTESY OF MARC J. FRANKLIN; COURTESY OF POLK AND CO. The narrative has been two-fold since Broadway returned in September, following an unprecedented 18-month shutdown: Broadway is back, but it’s also better. These sentiments were underscored […]

Sidney Poitier’s Life Story Inspires Broadway Play From Charles Randolph-Wright, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (EXCLUSIVE)

Dec 7, 2021 | Written By Brent Lang | Variety Link to the original post – Click Here Courtesy of Pressroom NYC Few stars shone as brightly as Sidney Poitier. In films like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night,” Poitier turned in powerful performances that electrified audiences. He also […]

New play about Sidney Poitier in development for Broadway run

Dec 7, 2021 | Written By Broadway News| Broadway News Link to the original post – Click Here Jenny Anderson Charles Randolph-Wright has penned a new play about the life of activist and filmmaker Sidney Poitier. The play, entitled “Sidney,” is based on Poitier’s autobiography “The Measure of a Man” and is currently in development. […]

‘Trouble in Mind’ Director Charles Randolph-Wright Says Play About Race in the Theater World Is a ‘Love Letter and a Poison Pill’

Nov 23, 2021 | Written By Michael Appler | Variety Link to the original post – Click Here   August Wilson is well remembered for remarking that Black theater is alive, vibrant, vital and unfunded — that commerce and a common racism had long held American theater hostage to a mediocrity of tastes. On Broadway […]

Charles Randolph-Wright, Debra Martin Chase and Olympian Brian Boitano Team for Netflix Ice Skating Movie

Aug 3, 2021 | Written By Angelique Jackson | Variety Link to original post – Click Here Charles Randolph-Wright, Debra Martin Chase and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano have teamed to produce the Netflix family movie “Take the Ice,” set in the world of synchronized ice skating. Written by Deborah Swisher, “Take the Ice” follows a rebellious 15-year-old named Tisha Moore, who […]