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Charles S. Dutton Joins the Cast of Stacey Muhammad's 'For Colored Boys'

Filmmaker Stacey Muhammad has announced that award-winning actor and director Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, Alien 3, Roc) has joined the second season cast of her series For Colored Boys. Actor Adesola Osakalumi (Broadway's Fela!) will join the cast for season two as well.  Inspired by Ntozake Shange's famed 1975 choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, For Colored Boys is "a collection of stories that follow the lives of African American men from various walks of life as they seek to overcome challenges, face their fears, find their truth, find love, mend broken relationships, and build families." We've...
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'Fela!' brings African beat back to Broadway

  • Pop2it
The word genius is thrown around way too casually. Witness parents convinced their children should sign up for Mensa once they scribble with crayons.

Every so often, however, we are in the presence of true genius. In this case Bill T. Jones, who co-wrote, directed and choreographed "Fela!" the Tony winning show that opens Thursday, (July 12), for a limited run at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre. 

It isn't just me calling Jones a genius. The MacArthur Foundation bestowed a genius grant upon him for good reason. He's also a Kennedy Center Honoree and has two Tonys, one for choreographing "Fela!" and another for "Spring Awakening" two years earlier.

"Fela!" is a celebration of freedom, dance and music. It does what only live theater can do, which is force you to live in the moment, feel the joy and sadness that explodes on the stage and down the aisles of the theater,
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Equity Honors 'Fela!' Chorus

Broadway musical "Fela!" will receive the Actors Equity Association's fourth annual Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs award for outstanding Broadway chorus, the union announced today. The presentation will be held Sept. 28 at Equity headquarters. "This award was created to acknowledge the enormous talent and contributions members of a chorus make to a Broadway musical," Equity 2nd vice president and Acca chairperson Rebecca Kim Jordon said in a statement.The chorus members of "Fela!" during its opening in November, 2009 will be honored with the award. The original chorus is comprised of Corey Baker, Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren De Veaux, Nicole de Weever, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Raaen-Elijah "Talu" Green, Shaneeka Harrell, Chanon Judson, Abena Koomson, Ismael Kouyate, Gelan Lambert, Jr., Farai M. Malianga, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Adesola A. Osakalumi, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Soto, Jill Marie Vallery, J.L. Williams, Iris L. Wilson, and Aimee Graham Wodobode.The nominated choruses
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Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Love Broadway!'

  • PEOPLE.com
It's only the second day previews for Broadway's Equus, but Daniel Radcliffe has made it clear he loves his new home. "I love New York very much, yes! Everyone's been wonderful," said Radcliffe after his Saturday performance of the Peter Shaffer play at the Broadhurst Theater in New York. Putting to rest any doubts that his move from the show's original West End, London, locale to N.Y.C was difficult, Radcliffe was emphatic: "I love Broadway!"Two of his costars agree, describing Radcliffe as a pleasure to work with. "He's great, absolutely great," said Adesola Osakalumi, who portrays a
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