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NSU Theatre and Virginia Stage present “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” Oct. 8-11

Norfolk State University Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company are partnering for a special virtual presentation of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. First performed as part of VSC’s Season 39, this virtual production will include a mixture of zoom performances from the original cast as well as recorded musical … Continue reading

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“The Amen Corner” captured audiences just before spring break

by Sarah Campos Norfolk State University is home to Virginia’s most nationally recognized collegiate theatre program. Also, America’s most nationally recognized HBCU Theatre program in the last five years, NSU has struck again with a stellar program. From March 5-8, 2020 NSU’s theatre company presented James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner. A three-act play, James Baldwin’s … Continue reading

Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play
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Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company’s portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage. Atlanta-based Delta released a statement on Sunday saying it was pulling … Continue reading

Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real
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Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real

NEW YORK (AP) — After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn’t always the case. He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a wolverine is … Continue reading

Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall
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Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall

Faculty from the mass communications and journalism department at Norfolk State University toured the new Brown Hall on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to learn more about the facilities that will be available to them and their students next fall. This video is provided through the courtesy of the Spartan Echo and the NSU chapter of … Continue reading

New play explores life, legacy of slain teen Trayvon Martin
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New play explores life, legacy of slain teen Trayvon Martin

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trayvon Martin has often been in the thoughts of playwright and activist Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj in the four years since the 17-year-old unarmed black boy was shot and killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. He has wondered about Martin’s dreams, his life and the moments before he died. Maharaj … Continue reading

Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ hopes for eternal experience
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Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ hopes for eternal experience

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Keenan-Bolger isn’t tapping into his vulnerable side for his next Broadway role. He’s trying to be utterly fearless. In the new musical “Tuck Everlasting,” the actor plays a character who simply doesn’t fear death. So Keenan-Bolger is honing his recklessness and rashness. “I think there is a level of danger … Continue reading

‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history
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‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history

  NEW YORK (AP) — The cast album from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” has done something few such recordings have done in quite some time. How long? Since Richard Burton was King Arthur onstage — the first time. Atlantic Records said last week that “Hamilton” has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than … Continue reading

Review: Family stress stars in perceptive drama ‘The Humans’
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Review: Family stress stars in perceptive drama ‘The Humans’

NEW YORK (AP) — Just in time for the often-stressful holiday family dinner season comes “The Humans,” a dark comedy about one family’s often-fractious Thanksgiving gathering in uncertain times. The blue-collar, Irish Catholic Blake family is given a compassionate exploration by Stephen Karam, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his drama “Sons of the Prophet” … Continue reading

Krysta Rodriguez won’t let cancer slow her Broadway return
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Krysta Rodriguez won’t let cancer slow her Broadway return

NEW YORK (AP) — Rehearsing a Broadway musical is a stressful time for any actor. There are long hours and last-minute changes. Now imagine undergoing daily radiation burns at the same time. Such was the unenviable position Krysta Rodriguez found herself in this summer as she prepared for the return of “Spring Awakening” while also … Continue reading