For the first time, the Tony Awards will be presented at the historic United Palace. The history of the United Palace began in 1930 when it opened as one of five of Loew’s “Wonder Theatres,” premiere vaudeville and movie houses located in four boroughs and New Jersey. With nearly 3,400 seats, the United Palace is Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre and hosts concerts, movie premieres, film shoots, and other events. The United Palace serves the Washington Heights community by showcasing local artists’ performing and visual art – many of them school children – and housing the nonprofit Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. 

Jordan E. Cooper (Internet photo)

Jordan E. Cooper, the youngest Black American playwright on Broadway, announced that the history-making and critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Ain’t No Mo’, presented by Lee Daniels, will extend through Friday, December 23, 2022, at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th St.). Cooper announced the highly anticipated extension on stage at curtain call tonight in front of a roaring audience, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of community support in response to his call-to-action to #SaveAintNoMo and support BIPOC representation on Broadway.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is now playing at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. The theatre launched — “Salesman for Everyone”— a partnership with Broadway For All, a Tony Award-honored, Manhattan-based national nonprofit that equips young artists and professionals with the programming, community, and vision to build a more inclusive and robust arts industry. The new initiative will provide discounted or free tickets to historically underrepresented audiences from NYC schools and community groups. The program will continue through the run of the production, which bows on January 15, 2023.

Following its critically acclaimed run at London’s Young Vic Theatre and on the West End, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is told – for the first time on Broadway – from the perspective of a Black family. Olivier Award nominee Wendell Pierce and Olivier Award winner and 2022 Tony Award® nominee Sharon D Clarke reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman. Khris Davis joins them as Biff, McKinley Belcher III as Happy, and Tony Award® winner André De Shields as Willy’s brother, Ben.

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) presented Chita Rivera with their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her exceptional career at their 21st Annual Award Ceremony. The award-winning dancer, singer, and actress Rivera is a proud Latina and American Broadway icon whose illustrious career paved the way for Hispanic artists in the United States. 

Chita Rivera has created such iconic roles as Anita in West Side Story, Velma in Chicago, and Rose in Bye, Bye Birdie. She is one of the most nominated performers in Tony® Award history, having earned ten nominations, and received two, as well as the 2018 Special Tony© Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Chita was the first Hispanic woman to receive the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002 and was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Chita Rivera (Wikipedia photo)

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors presented the HOLA Awards, founded in 1975 by a core group of Latino actors working in New York to address the inequities created by the casting system that underemployed Hispanic actors and relegated Latino characters to negative stereotypes. HOLA strives for accurate, informed, and non-stereotyped representation of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage across the entertainment and entertainment industries media. HOLA is an arts service organization dedicated to expanding the presence of actors Latinos/Hispanics through their creative development, education, and community empowerment. These awards are considered the most important theater wards for Hispanics throughout the United States East Coast. Chita Rivera joins figures such as José Ferrer, Raúl Juliá, Tanya Payán, and other Latino icons whose names have also been immortalized in extraordinary recognition within HOLA.

Six-time Audra McDonald will return to the stage in Ohio State Murders, written by Adrienne Kennedy and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. The show will be the first to play at the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre. Previews begin Friday, November 11; Opening is Thursday, December 8. Leon is currently directing Topdog/Underdog, and the following will direct Ohio State Murders. He’s one of the most prolific and sought-after directors on Broadway. He has directed 11 Broadway shows, including two revivals, A Raisin in the Sun – the first in 2004 with Sean Combs (P. Diddy in his Broadway debut, as you know) and then again in 2014 with Denzel Washington, for which Kenny won a Tony Award. Some of his other Broadway directing credits include: A Soldier’s Play (starring David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood, and Jerry O’Connell); American Son (starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale); Children of a Lesser God (starring Joshua Jackson); Stick Fly (starring Mekhi Phifer, Dule Hill, Condola Rashad); Fences (starring Denzel Washington); The Mountaintop (starring Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson); Gem of the Ocean (starring Phylicia Rashad) and the list goes on and on. 

Asi Wind’s Inner Circle — the jaw-dropping show that The New York Times calls “giddily mystifying. The New Yorker says is “dazzling” and “astonishing” — has extended their limited engagement to February 26, 2023, at The Judson Theatre. The show marks the New York producing debut of David Blaine, with whom Asi has worked for 15 years. Blaine calls Asi his “favorite magician” and says his act “is certain to have any crowd screaming, sometimes crying, and always inspired.”

The Museum of Broadway — located in the heart of Times Square at 145 W 45th St, is the first-ever permanent Museum dedicated to the storied history and legendary artistry of Broadway musicals, plays, and theatres — it is now open! This one-of-a-kind Museum is an immersive and interactive theatrical experience devoted to musicals, plays, and the people who create them. Guests travel through a visual history of Broadway, highlighting groundbreaking moments through a series of exhibits that showcase – and show off – spectacular costumes, props, renderings, rare photos, videos, and more. @museumofbroadway on all social channels.

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