You Should Watch: SAG-AFTRA ‘Conversations with Audra McDonald’ – A Career Retrospective

Conversations with Audra McDonald

A wonderful 60-minute conversation with Audra McDonald, moderated by Richard Ridge of’s “Backstage with Richard Ridge,” courtesy of SAG-AFTRA and its long-form “Conversations” talk series, which took place just yesterday, January 12 and is now online in full. In this… Continue Reading

August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Opens Tonight on Broadway – We Spoke to Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and His Cast (Including André Holland)

Manhattan Theatre Club

Opening night for August Wilson’s “Jitney” – directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson – is tonight, January 19th, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. Set in the late 1970’s in the robust and colorfully textured world… Continue Reading

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Broadway Diversity This Year Was a Fluke, But It’s Gotten Hollywood’s Attention


After this year’s Tony Awards celebration, during which all four musical acting awards went to black actors (the first time in Tony Awards history), I published an item that questioned what the historic wins might mean, not just for Broadway actors… Continue Reading

Black Actors Made Tony Awards History Last Night – But What Does This Mean for the Long Term?


For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color. — The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 13, 2016 Not to be a killjoy the morning after… Yes, Tony Awards history was made… Continue Reading

Saycon Sengbloh Can Act and Sing, But Can She Ever Rest? The Tony-Nominated Actress Talks Theater, Music, and Enjoying the Ride


Saycon Sengbloh is giving you a master class in pitch and dialect. “Every accent has a different kind of pitch,” she explains, “there is a coloring and melody with each accent.” She demonstrates by pulling up the accent of her… Continue Reading

Watch Leslie Odom Jr. Succinctly Break Down the Working Black Actor’s Dilemma + Broadway’s “Rare Moment”


In the video below (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables,), Leslie Odom Jr. of “Hamilton” succinctly breaks down a dilemma that many actors of color face, not only in theater, but also in film and TV, as he puts the… Continue Reading