Last night, actress and opera singer Audra McDonald took home the Tony
award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Bess in
George Gershwin’s classic Porgy & Bess. The big win marks the fifth
Tony Award for the 41-year old Broadway veteran. She is now tied with
Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris as the third actress in history to hold
five Tony Awards.
The New York Times is reporting that the National Black Theater, a
leading cultural arts center in Harlem, is financially in the clear
after enduring years of turbulent neighborhood and internal disputes
that threatened to shutter its doors.
"The Apollo of Washington, D.C." is back. The 102-year old Howard Theater, where music veterans Dionne Warwick and Smokey Robinson once performed, lifts its curtain once again. The theater's new operators, from the New York-based Blue Note
Entertainment Group, said they were compelled to take on the Howard
after hearing encouragement from Bill Cosby and other entertainers who
remember the theater's heyday.