World’s #1 Musical Returns to Costa Mesa During Black History Month

Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to California at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) in Costa Mesa until Sunday, February 25. The live action play has won more than 70 global theatrical awards since 1998 and features five indigenous African languages during the performance.

CD 8 Hosts Spectacular Tree Lighting and Groundbreaking Event

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday spirit is in full swing, and the community came together in a dazzling display of lights and festivities at the “Eighth Annual It’s Lit Tree Lighting” at Broadway and Century this past week. The celebration, a tradition for the community, was kicked off with the lighting of an awe-inspiring 40-foot holiday tree. Council President Pro Tem Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a driving force behind the event, broke ground on a transformative project set to invest over $120 million in the Broadway-Manchester streetscape. Related Links: This ambitious project, known as Broadway Sur, aims to enhance

Tina Turner musical on national tour gains extra meaning in the wake of the rock icon’s death

The national tour of Broadway’s “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” made its California debut this week, arriving as a poignant, posthumous celebration following the rock music icon’s death last month. “Tina” opened in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, June 14, steps away from her Hollywood Walk of Fame star and where she recorded for Capitol Records. It plays there until July 9, followed by two weeks at Segerstrom Center the Arts in Costa Mesa and stops in San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose later this summer. “We have always wanted to put audiences in the

Broadway Actress, Nikki Crawford, Competes for Highest Honor Tonight at Tony Awards

New York-based actress, Nikki Crawford, has had a stellar career in stage, t.v. and film roles.  Tonight, June 11, at the United Palace Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan New York, she competes for a Tony Award, the highest honor given in the world of Broadway.  Crawford is a nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play just weeks after making her Broadway debut as Tedra, the matriarch in the family of the award-winning Broadway play, Fat Ham, a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet set at a Southern family barbecue.  The play, written by playwright, James Ijames,

Theatre Director Sheldon Epps’ New Book Celebrates and Encourages Self-Direction

Sheldon Epps, one of the first Black artistic directors in American regional theatre, has written a new book entitled, “MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A Black Man’s Journey in the American Theatre.” Epps chronicles his tribulations and triumphs as a freelance director, which led him to the Pasadena Playhouse, where he served as artistic director for twenty years. During that time, he helmed many productions, also directing episodes of classic television shows along the way.

OKLAHOMA! Deconstructed

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA”, directed by Daniel Fish, is currently showing at the Ahmanson Theatre until October 16, 2022.

From Child Phenom to Major Star, Dawnn Lewis Continues to Shine

Dawnn Lewis (Manuel Harlan photo) Dawnn Lewis is like a close family friend. She’s endeared herself to audiences around the globe who watched her amazing growth from child phenom to major star. Yet, throughout her journey to being a top celebrity, Lewis has never lost the ability to connect with everyday people, which is likely one reason that admirers feel they personally know her. Audiences are resonating with Lewis even more after witnessing her performance in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” which is currently playing on Broadway in New York City. In her role as Turner’s mother, Zelma, Lewis