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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Betty Buckley to Scare the Sh*t Out of Them on American Horror Story

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Betty Buckley to Scare the Sh*t Out of Them on American Horror Story

Last week, Ryan Murphy's horror anthology American Horror Story wrapped up its third installment with the conclusion of its "Coven" storyline. The show, which debuted in 2011, has always played by its own rules and each year seems to find a new way to one-up itself in shock value. This season, Murphy upped the ante by stacking the cast with ...

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Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Diva Should Be on American Horror Story Next Season?

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Diva Should Be on American Horror Story Next Season?

It’s been a standout season for celebrated thespians on Amercan Horror Story: Coven, with a plethora of esteemed character actresses getting witchy scenery to chew on. The FX series just ended its third installment, with a stacked cast featuring Tony winners (Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole) and Oscar winners (Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates), not to mention other celebrated thespians ...

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Glam Witch Alert! See Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and More in the New American Horror Story: Coven Teaser

Glam Witch Alert! See Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and More in the New American Horror Story: Coven Teaser

If you weren’t already excited for the all-star line-up in the upcoming third season of American Horror Story, the latest teaser should convince you otherwise. While the rest of the enigmatic teasers for AHS: Coven have been, well, enigmatic, this just-released spot for the show (premiering October 9 on FX) finally shows off a first look at cast members Jessica ...

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Tony Winner Courtney B. Vance Lands a Lucky Portrait on the Wall at Sardi’s

Tony Winner Courtney B. Vance Lands a Lucky Portrait on the Wall at Sardi’s
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First a Tony, now a Sardi’s portrait! Veteran stage actor Courtney B. Vance—who earned his first Tony Award this past June for his scene-stealing turn in Lucky Guy—received yet another amazing honor on July 2 when the folks at iconic NYC eatery Sardi’s unveiled a caricature of Vance to join the other star portraits hanging along the restaurant’s ...

Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry & More Celebs Take The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway, Starring Cicely Tyson

Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry & More Celebs Take The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway, Starring Cicely Tyson
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Angela Bassett, Star Jones, Tyler Perry, Barbara Cook and more stars of stage and screen are making the journey to Broadway to see Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad in the Tony-nominated revival of The Trip to Bountiful! Directed by Michael Wilson, Horton Foote’s 1953 play tells the story of Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman ...

Angela Bassett, S. Epatha Merkerson & Quincy Jones Take in the Music and Magic of Kinky Boots

Angela Bassett, S. Epatha Merkerson & Quincy Jones Take in the Music and Magic of Kinky Boots
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The award-winning Broadway spectacular Kinky Boots played host to a trio of very famous faces over the weekend of May 17. First, stage and screen stars Angela Bassett and S. Epatha Merkerson dropped by the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to see their mutual friend Billy Porter’s acclaimed performance as Lola in the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein tuner. Then on May ...

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Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Nominations for the 78th annual Drama League Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place May 18 at the Marriot Marquis, hosted by Stockard Channing and John Larroquette. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. As previously announced the Drama League's 2012 Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in Theatre honors ...

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Angela Bassett Visits Broadway-Bound Clybourne Park

Angela Bassett Visits Broadway-Bound Clybourne Park
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After enduring its share of offstage drama, Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park is headed to Broadway on March 26. This racially charged dark comedy charts the fate of a suburban Chicago home in 1959 and 2009, with the talented cast of seven taking on different roles in each act. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Broadway.com ...

Drama Diva Angela Bassett on Returning to Broadway, Overcoming Her Fears and Climbing The Mountaintop

Drama Diva Angela Bassett on Returning to Broadway, Overcoming Her Fears and Climbing The Mountaintop

From rolling down the river as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It to witnessing the moonwalk as Katherine Jackson in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and picking up the pieces after her husband's assassination as Betty Shabazz in Malcom X, Angela Bassett has made a film career out of portraying real women. Now she's playing ...

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10 Showstopping Scenes of 2011: Singing, Dancing and Flying Moments That Left Us in Awe

10 Showstopping Scenes of 2011: Singing, Dancing and Flying Moments That Left Us in Awe

Broadway audiences enjoyed a bevy of spectacular musicals and plays in 2011. While each show had its special moments, Broadway.com's editors compiled a list of 10 showstopping scenes that brought us to our collective feet. Scroll below to relive these electrifying moments, presented alphabetically.

“Anything Goes” (Anything Goes)
Anything Goes returned to the Rialto this year starring Broadway darling ...

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Broadway Bash: Samuel L. Jackson Celebrates His 63rd Birthday on The Mountaintop

Broadway Bash: Samuel L. Jackson Celebrates His 63rd Birthday on The Mountaintop
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Samuel L. Jackson has dodged bullets, bombs and snakes on a plane, but the Guinness Book of World Records' highest grossing movie actor of all time could not escape a birthday celebration held in his honor at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Following the December 21 matinee performance of The Mountaintop, the Oscar-nominated actor, who plays civil rights leader ...

The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson Reveals Why His Life is 'Totally Dope' on The Colbert Report

The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson Reveals Why His Life is 'Totally Dope' on The Colbert Report

Samuel L. Jackson is a world famous movie star and now he's taking Broadway by storm as Dr. Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop. Life is pretty good for Jackson and he's not afraid to admit it. On December 12 Jackson stopped by The Colbert Report where funnyman Stephen Colbert asked the acclaimed actor exactly how it feels to be ...

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Pays a Visit to The Mountaintop

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Pays a Visit to The Mountaintop

Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett welcomed a special guest to the Martin Luther King Jr. drama The Mountaintop on December 6: Grammy winner and all-around music legend Aretha Franklin. After the performance, Franklin, a close friend of the late Dr. King, headed backstage at Broadway's Jacobs Theatre to congratulate the starry duo on their performances as King (Jackson) and ...

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Carmelo and La La Anthony Climb The Mountaintop to Meet Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett

Carmelo and La La Anthony Climb The Mountaintop to Meet Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett

He's best known as an Oscar-nominated actor, but Samuel L. Jackson is also a die-hard sports fan (and frequent host of ESPN's ESPY Awards), so The Mountaintop star was more than excited to welcome New York Knicks favorite Carmelo Anthony to the Jacobs Theatre on November 1. Joined by his wife La La Anthony (who recently finished a limited engagement ...

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The Mountaintop Announces One-Week Extension in Broadway Run

The Mountaintop Announces One-Week Extension in Broadway Run

The Broadway premiere of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Bassett, will continue its run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through January 22, 2012. Tickets had previously been on sale through January 15.

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a special performance has added on Sunday, January ...

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Denzel Washington Travels to The Mountaintop to See Stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett

 Denzel Washington Travels to The Mountaintop to See Stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett
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On October 29, Oscar winner Denzel Washington dropped by Memphis’ Lorraine Motel (by way of Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre) to take in The Mountaintop, the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth before his assassination. After the lights came up on this moving tale, Washington went backstage to congratulate show stars (and Washington’s former film ...

The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson Sets a Very Green Guinness World Record

The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson Sets a Very Green Guinness World Record

Ka-ching! The Mountaintop star Samuel L. Jackson has been named the word's highest grossing actor of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records, according to The New York Daily News. Jackson's films have grossed a combined $7.42 billion during his nearly 30 years in the film industry.

The impressive cash flow is helped by Jackson's participation in many ...

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Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Talk Climbing to The Mountaintop on Opening Night

Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Talk Climbing to The Mountaintop on Opening Night

Samuel L. Jackson is portraying the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Katori Hall's new drama The Mountaintop, and the Oscar nominee had plenty of enthusiastic topics to preach about on the show's October 13 opening night. Joined by his glamorous co-star Angela Bassett, Jackson wowed the first-night crowd at the Jacobs Theatre before heading to ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Counting Down Fans' Favorite Angela Bassett Roles

Weekend Poll Top Three: Counting Down Fans' Favorite Angela Bassett Roles

Oscar nominee Angela Bassett is back on the boards opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. To mark this starry event, Broadway.com asked readers which of Bassett's many memorable screen roles is their favorite. Take a look at the results below!

1. Tina Turner, What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) - 45 ...

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Were Our Word of Mouth Panelists Moved by Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop?

Were Our Word of Mouth Panelists Moved by Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop?

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was known for his incredible ability to engage audiences through his powerful words. Now Samuel L. Jackson is playing the iconic historical figure in Katori Hall's new play The Mountaintop, but does the Oscar nominee have the same charisma, charm  and ability to connect with people as the real life Dr. King? Broadway ...

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Journey to The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett on Opening Night

Journey to The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett on Opening Night
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It was an emotional night on Broadway as Katori Hall's inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. drama The Mountaintop, directed by Kenny Leon, officially opened at the Jacobs Theatre. A slew of stars like Alicia Keys, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Magic Johnson and more were on hand to cheer on the show's dynamic duo, Samuel L. Jackson (who plays Dr. King ...

Olympic Medalist and Political Activist John Carlos Salutes Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett at The Mountaintop

Olympic Medalist and Political Activist John Carlos Salutes Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett at The Mountaintop

Olympic track star John Carlos made headlines in 1968 after raising his fist to symbolize "black power" while claiming his bronze medal at the Mexico City summer games. More than 40 years later, Carlos is still politically active, taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests in downtown Manhattan earlier this week. Carlos also managed to find time to head ...

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Take a First Look at Samuel L. Jackson's Transformation Into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop

Take a First Look at Samuel L. Jackson's Transformation Into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop
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Broadway audiences are invited to enter the room of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Memphis' Lorraine Motel in Katori Hall's new play, The Mountaintop. Starring Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. King and Angela Bassett as a maid named Camae, the play re-imagines the night before King's assassination as he sparks a dialogue with the young woman ...

See The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Sit Down on The View

See The Mountaintop's Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Sit Down on The View

After checking out Broadway's The Mountaintop for themselves, the ladies of The View were eager to discuss the show with its Oscar-nominated stars, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. The famous dup stopped by the chat show on October 11 to talk about the new work and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jackson revealed how he'll react ...

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Would Martin Luther King Jr. Approve of The Mountaintop? Samuel L. Jackson Weighs in on CBS News

 Would Martin Luther King Jr. Approve of The Mountaintop? Samuel L. Jackson Weighs in on CBS News

The new play The Mountaintop has taken a few historical liberties as the show reimagines the final night in the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, before he was assassinated at Memphis' Lorraine Motel in 1968. In Katori Hall's drama, King (Samuel L. Jackson) is greeted by a motel maid named Camae (Angela Bassett) and the duo strike ...

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