3/25/18 O&A NYC THEATRE REVIEW: Chicago- Valerie Simpson Takes No Prisoners As Matron “Mama” Morton

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Songwriter, recording artist, entrepreneur, and restauranteur Valerie Simpson can now add Broadway thespian to her impressive list of accomplishments. On March 12, 2018 Simpson made her Broadway debut as Matron “Mama” Morton in Broadway’s longest running musical Chicago. For her six-week run (through April 22) Simpson is flanked by a talented cast of Broadway veterans including: Amra- Faye Wright as the Vaudeville villainess Velma Kelly, Bianca Marroquin– the murderous ingénue Roxie Hart and Chaz Lamar Shepard as brash barrister Billy Flynn. Continue reading

10/18/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Ruth Brown’s 1989 Tony Award Acceptance Speech For Best Actress in a Musical And Performance With Linda Hopkins And Cast

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Ruth Brown wins the 1989 43rd Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Black and Blue. And a performance of T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do with Linda Hopkins  and cast. Continue reading

9/16/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mikhail Baryshnikov And Nell Carter Sings And Dances Honeysuckle Rose From Baryshnikov on Broadway- with Liza Minnelli

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In Baryshnikov on Broadway – with Liza Minnelli Mikhail Baryshnikov sings and dances Honeysuckle Rose with Nell Carter. The 1980 TV show directed by Dwight Hemion starred ballet phenom Mikhail Baryshnikov and entertainer Liza Minnelli.  Continue reading

1/14/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY JAZZ CONCERT: Lena Horne- The Lady and Her Music (1982)

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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, a Broadway musical revue, written for and starring American singer and actress Lena Horne. The show opened on May 12, 1981, and after 333 performances, closed on June 30, 1982, Horne’s 65th birthday. Continue reading

8/10/15 O&A NYC- A Conversation With Laiona Mitchelle

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Laiona Michelle is making her Broadway debut as Nanna in the new musical Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theater. The production explores the true story of Josh Newton’s journey from slave trader to abolitionist. The statuesque Michelle has a commanding on-stage persona, and her character is an ancestral force of nature. Off-stage she is an intelligent, engaging young woman, who truly disarms you with her wit and vivacious spirit. She shares her inspiring story of diligence and determination with O&A NYC. Continue reading

10/2/14 O&A: Interview with Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman- Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical

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A video interview with the co-producers and co-directors Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman of the Off-Broadway musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical during the run of the show at the Theatre at the Church of St. Clement’s. Continue reading