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In celebration of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents a Black History Trilogy, a three-part series featuring outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.

Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM (ET).

On February 18 at 7:00 PM (ET), the Black History Trilogy continues with a presentation of “Divine Sass: A Tribute to the Music, Life, and Legacy of Sarah Vaughan,” featuring Tony Award-winning actress and vocalister Lillias White, who also wrote and conceived the show. 

On February 26 at 7:00 PM (ET), the Black History Trilogy concludes with “André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award Winner and Hadestown star explores the life and achievements of the great emancipator Frederick Douglass. https://www.flushingtownhall.org/black-history-trilogy-iii  FREE Donations encouraged!

  • WBGO presents 4th Annual “Letter One Rising Stars Jazz Award” in a virtual ceremony on Feb. 6 at 9 pm with Jamie Cullum, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride  + award winners and more. Listen and watch! WBGO.org
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The Al Hirschfeld Foundation will celebrate Black History Month with its latest online exhibition, Amplified Dignity: Black Dancers Drawn by Hirschfeld. Now live through March 13, the exhibition curated by Melanie George features Hirschfeld’s reflections of 20th Century artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, Nicholas Brothers, Bunny Briggs, Judith Jamison, Hinton Battle, Maurice Hines, and Honi Coles. https://alhirschfeldfoundation.org/

Straight from Studio A, NYC, comes Variety Tonight on Saturday February 13 at 6 pm, a fundraiser to improve the lives of kids thru Kiwanis Club of Sayville, you’ll find SNL comic Bob Greenberg, AGT Singer Christiaan Padavan, hosted by Metropolitan Zoom’s Bernie Furshpan. Tickets are HERE.

Broadway Records announced the release of MARGUERITE, a new musical starring Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle Award winner Cady Huffman.  Pre-orders for the CD of MARGUERITE are available today on BroadwayRecords.com and other major music retailers including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com ahead of a March 5th release. The digital album is now available wherever digital music is sold and on BroadwayRecords.com

MARGUERITE is written by Anton Dudley (book and lyrics) and Michael Cooper (music). The show received its New York premiere at the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) with direction by Dev Bondarin and music direction by Yan Li.  You’ve never met anyone like her. A death-defying journey of a fearless pioneer, Marguerite is a new musical based on the life of Canada’s first female saint, Marguerite Bourgeoys, and will inspire with a tale of love, inclusion, and living life without walls. Her ever-present faith combined with solid determination helped her bring liberated women to the New World and to build the city of Montreal. 

Break A Leg Productions presents The 5×5 Love Festival celebrating Valentine’s Day, featuring five romantic comedies of no more than 5 pages, streaming video, directed by Valerie Adami-Juhlin. Get ready to meet A Dave with Destiny by Ken Preuss. www.balproductions@gmail.com

Musical Virtuoso Trombone Shorty talks about growing up in New Orleans, upholding the City’s culture and why he’ll never leave home in Vanity Fair’s latest issue, with Brett Martin.After signing with the storied Blue Note Records, Andrews once told its president, Don Was, that his goal was for his music to reach an audience as wide as Michael Jackson’s. Read “Top Brass” by Brett Martin on VanityFair.com

News:  Tony Voting Will Occur Between March 1-15, The Awards? TBA. The question that has long remained unanswered for both fans and insiders alike – what is the current state of the Tony Awards? The first phase of an answer was revealed last week when it was announced that the voting process of the awards will take place at the beginning of March. The actual ceremony will take place in coordination with a re-opening of Broadway.

Universal is debuting the movie adaptation of “Dear Evan Hansen” in theaters. … Numerous movies that were scheduled for 2021 have already been delayed because of the pandemic. However, “Dear Evan Hansen” has a better chance than most of keeping its fall release date. That’s because Universal forged an early premium video-on-demand agreement with cinema chains AMC and Cinemark.

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