american-theatre

“Wicked is good” Teresa tells Thomas. Thomas assumes she is talking about the corrupt evil scientists who experiment on children. He doesn’t understand that Teresa is actually referring to the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” by the american composer and theatre lyricist Steven Schwartz. She really recommends it Tom. Come on don’t be so quick to dismiss her tom it won 3 tony awards. 

“Today, the ballet world still has a race issue. Brown ballerinas are almost invisible, rarely in the spotlight. Pools of talent are left untouched, as major dance companies glide over people of color in favor of white dancers. Dancers of color don’t often get coveted principal or soloist roles, and browsing through the corps de ballet roster of renowned institutions like the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet shows that diverse swans are in short supply.”

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Today in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, A Raisin in the Sun, debuted on Broadway. The original cast included Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger and Ruby Dee as his wife, Ruth.

A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman, and the first to be directed by an African American, to be produced on Broadway.

After its original run, it was adapted into a film (starring the play’s original cast), and has been revived on Broadway several times. 

Source images (1, 2, 3) from the play, with its original cast. The final image (4) is a photo of Lorraine Hansberry with director Lloyd Richards, producer Philip Rose, and Sidney Poitier. All images from The New York Public Library. 

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The 2015 Tony Nominated Set Designs

“An American In Paris” Bob Crowley & 59 Productions

“On the Twentieth Century” David Rockwell

“The King and I” Michael Yeargan

“Fun Home” David Zinn

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Bunny Christie 

“Skylight” Bob Crowley

“Wolf Hall Parts One & Two” Christopher Oram

“You Can’t Take It With You” David Rockwell