Misty Copeland is perhaps the most recognizable ballet name outside of the dance world. On Monday, her fans in the U.S. will have a chance to see her in the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale, set to air on PBS as part of its Independent Lens series. In most cases, performers who make aspiring dancers swoon and… [Read more…]
The cast has been announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage production billed as the eighth installment of the Harry Potter saga. Harry and Ron Weasley will be portrayed by the sort of esteemed British actors one might picture in a reimagining of the iconic literary series. But as Hermione Granger, South African-British… [Read more…]
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By LIA CHANG
Actor André De Shields chatted with NBC-TV’s Janice Huff on News 4 New York about The Wiz earlier this week. De Shields, who created the title role in the original 1975 Broadway production of the landmark musical, also dished about his current role in the new Broadway musical, Gotta Dance.
NBC will recognize the upcoming 40th anniversary of The Wiz, which won seven Tony Awards including best musical, with an upcoming updated televised version of The Wiz Live! featuring an all-star cast that includes Queen Latifah as “The Wiz” as well as Common, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Stephanie Mills, Amber Riley (“Glee”) and Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”).
The live telecast airs December 3 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
De Shields, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast of “Aint Misbehaving” credits “The Wiz” for making “The Great White Way,” also known as Broadway, more inclusive, but for also opening the door for all-black casts.