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Directed by Ruby O’Gray, “A Trio of Comedies Written by Women” will run debut Oct. 12 and through Oct. 14 at TheatreWorks @ the Evergreen located at 1705 Poplar Ave. The Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis Production is being hosted by the Bluff City Theatre Company. ‘Save Me A Place at...
Kirk Whalum travels the world playing concerts in venues of all kinds, but he brings his talents – and his friends – home to Memphis with a music series entitled Kafé Kirk beginning October 7 at the Halloran Centre. Part of the On Stage at the Halloran Centre series, Kafé...
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Never shying away from topical social issues -- or a conversation about them -- the Hattiloo Theatre will host a panel discussion about the school-to-prison pipeline before the official premiere of its new play, "Pipeline." This Thursday, September 13, 2018, Hattiloo will host a free panel discussion about the school to prison...
Photo: Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images) After accepting an Emmy Sunday night for his role as a producer on the live musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) award, John Legend became the first black man to collect an EGOT. The EGOT—the...
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Assuming you haven't stuffed yourself silly with barbecue and you're looking for a way to relax and chill this Labor Day, you might need to get to Fresh Ideas Entertainment's Bluff City Jazz Festival at the Cannon Center. The Festival will be headlined by iconic smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, with performances...
Ekundayo Bandele and Hattiloo Theatre first staged “Mahalia” in 2007. Each subsequent production has been special in its own way, as will the 2018 rendition.  Civil rights activist. Gospel singer. Restaurant owner. Musical pioneer. These are just a few of the attributes that describe gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, whose life...
By Tracy Sow, Special to TSDMemphis.com “Crib” is the very realistic story of an African-American female professor, Tracy, in a fierce battle for her tenure in an engaging play being staged at Theatre Works. Tracy (Lisa Williams) faces off with her emotionally charged star-student athlete Rajon (Roman Kalei Kyle) about plagiarism and his willfully unethical Coach Pari. Her only support...
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“Dreamgirls” first premiered on Broadway in 1981 and appeared on the big screen in 2006. Now more than a decade after the movie premiere, the musical has opened for a run through July 15 at  Playhouse on the Square. Playhouse on the Square’s production of “Dreamgirls” is directed by Jordan...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago the same as the original, the play adds...
Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is set to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is three canned...