Theatre

UK THEATRE: ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW (TRAILER)

In 1970s Philadelphia, the Harrisons are the most respectable middle-class Black family in the suburbs – until their young niece from the rural South turns their polite, Christian life on its head. The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.  

UK THEATRE: SOME LIKE IT HIP HOP

Some Like It Hip Hop, written by ZooNation founder Kate Prince and Felix Harrison, is the company’s first full-length production since the award-winning West End smash hit, Into the Hoods. ……. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. Hmmm… this looks interesting….

UK NEWS: RICHARD BLACKWOOD AND AMANDA HOLDEN TO STAR IN SHREK MUSICAL

It’s been reported that comedian/radio personality Richard Blackwood and Britain’s Got Talent ‘judge’ Amanda Holden are both set to star in Shrek The Musical, which will open in May 2011 in London’s West End. From what I understand Richard will be playing Donkey. I look forward to seeing him in make-up/costume. [Thanks Kaydine]

UK NEWS: MADONNA ADOPTION MUSICAL PERFORMED AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE

Via BBC News A musical about pop star Madonna’s attempts to adopt a young African girl is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe by a Malawian cast. The 50-year-old star is portrayed in the play Mercy Madonna of Malawi by a black male actor in a blonde wig One of the performers, Shombi Banda, 29, claims he was heckled by the star when he performed for her in Malawi. He said she responded to a play about the African cultural identity by []

UK NEWS: RICHARD BLACKWOOD TO STAR ALONG SIDE JAMES EARL JONES WHEN HIT THEATRE PRODUCTION ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’ COMES TO LONDON

[Thanks Nessa] Richard Blackwood, Derek Griffiths and Nina Sosanya will join the previously announced Sanaa Lathan, Adrian Lester, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones in Debbie Allen’s sell-out Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.  Produced by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones for Front Row Productions, Cat On A Hot Tin Roofwill run at the Novello Theatre from 21 November to 10 April 2010. The cast is Richard Blackwood (Brightie), Guy Burgess (Lacey), Claudia Cadette (Nanny), Peter De []

UK EVENT: HIP HOP SHAKESPEARE SHOWCASE

Via The Metro On Saturday (July 25th) Akala and Ms Dynamite will host a showcase of scenes from Shakespeare plays reinterpreted by The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. The award winning artists will perform alongside undiscovered young talent and other special guests  from the world of film and music.   Hip Hop Shakespeare @ The South Bank Centre Address: Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, SE1 Time: 5.15pm Contact: Tel: 07783119555 http://www.uproaruk.com

VIDEO: JIM JONES THEATRICAL DEBUT – THE HIP HOP MONOLOGUES ‘INSIDE THE LIFE AND MIND OF JIM JONES’

Last night (November 12th) Jim Jones made his theatrical debut in the play The Hip Hop Monologues ‘Inside The Life And Mind Of Jim Jones’. The production also featured tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Pray For Reign’, which will drop early next year. From what I understand both he and Damon ‘bruk pocket’ Dash came up with this unique concept. Bruk Pocket who is desperate to become relevant again is now Jim’s manager/business partner. Any way I’ve said this before and will say it again, Denzel Washington needs to []