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After Midnight Gets a Visit From Gayle King & David Alan Grier

After Midnight Gets a Visit From Gayle King & David Alan Grier
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Gayle King and David Alan Grier visit Fantasia Barrino and Dulé Hill backstage at After Midnight the weekend of January 17, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Takes Principal Position for TV Pilot Bad Teacher

Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Takes Principal Position for TV Pilot Bad Teacher

That’ll be principal David Alan Grier to you! The three-time Tony nominee just signed a deal to play a school principal in the new CBS pilot Bad Teacher, according to Deadline.com.

Bad Teacher is a single-camera comedy series based on the 2011 movie starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. The CBS pilot is penned by Hilary Winston ...

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Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Broadway's first Funny Girl, the legendary Barbra Streisand, made time in her busy schedule to check out the Tony-winning revival of Porgy and Bess on September 19. Streisand, along with friend and A-list fashion designer Donna Karan, enjoyed the Gershwins’ gorgeous score and the award-winning performance by Porgy and Bess’ leading lady Audra McDonald. After the curtain came down ...

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Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee is in negotiations to turn the Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess into a film, according to IndieWire.com. The musical has been a passion project for Lee for over a decade and after seeing the current Broadway revival, Lee has begun negations with the Gerswhin estate to bring the opera back to the big screen ...

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Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

The Tony-winning Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will end its limited run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre a week earlier than expected. The show, which was initially set to run through September 30, will now close on September 23. Directed by Diane Paulus and starring 2012 Tony winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess will ...

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Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

The audience at the 2012 Tony Awards on June 10 were transported from the Beacon Theatre to Catfish Row when the cast of the Best Revival of a Musical winner Porgy and Bess took the stage. Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald along with nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier deliciously sang snippets of “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of ...

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Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Talks Awards Season on Good Day New York

Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Talks Awards Season on Good Day New York

Before his big night, Tony nominee David Alan Grier stopped by Good Day New York on June 8 to crack some jokes and spread word about his current gig in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. Grier discussed why Porgy and Bess is “the most important American opera” and explained how he isn’t nervous for the June 10 awards ...

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Phillip Boykin, Jeremy Jordan, Finn Wittrock & More Celebrate the 2012 Theatre World Awards

Phillip Boykin, Jeremy Jordan, Finn Wittrock & More Celebrate the 2012 Theatre World Awards
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Theater’s rising stars were honored on June 5 at the 68th annual Theatre World Awards. Honoring performers who have made an outstanding Broadway or off-Broadway debut, the awards were presented at the Belasco Theatre, home of End of the Rainbowand the recipients celebrated inside its beautiful "Rainbow Room." This year, 12 actors were recognized for their work ...

Porgy and Bess' David Alan Grier on Pimps, Vodka Enemas and the Power of YouTube

Porgy and Bess' David Alan Grier on Pimps, Vodka Enemas and the Power of YouTube

David Alan Grier scored his third Tony nomination this year as Catfish Row’s drug dealing pimp, Sporting Life, in the acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess. Grier, who became a breakout star in the 1990s sketch comedy show In Living Color, grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and graduated from Yale School of Drama. He made his Broadway debut ...

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Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s

Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s
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Norm Lewis plays the tragic character of Porgy onstage in Porgy and Bess, but offstage Lewis is one happy fella, especially when he is honored with his very own portrait at Sardi’s! The first time Tony nominee has been a Great White Way favorite for over 20 years in shows including The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Side Show  ...

David Alan Grier, Tony Sheldon, Leslie Uggams and More to Present at 2012 Theatre World Awards

David Alan Grier, Tony Sheldon, Leslie Uggams and More to Present at 2012 Theatre World Awards

David Alan Grier, Tony Sheldon and Leslie Uggams are among the presenters set for the 2012 Theatre World Awards on June 5 at the Belasco Theatre. The awards, which honor performers making an outstanding Broadway or off-Broadway debut, will be hosted by journalist Peter Filichia. 

Also scheduled to present awards are John Rubinstein, Wesley Taylor and Lizbeth Mackay. Stacy ...

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Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What Advice Did Chita Rivera Give Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier?

Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What Advice Did Chita Rivera Give Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier?

As the excitement builds for the 2012 Tony Awards, Broadway.com is presenting a series of exclusive video features in which your favorite nominated stars spill secrets about themselves, their stage faves and their preparation for Broadway's big night. Today, get to know David Alan Grier, a three-time Tony nominee who is starting trouble in Catfish Row as the devilish ...

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Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess

Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess
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The company of Porgy and Bess celebrated its 10 Tony nominations on May 1 with special guests Perez Hilton, John Cameron Mitchell and vets of Hair, including Priscilla star Will Swenson, a.k.a. Audra McDonald's fiance. Celebrity blogger Hilton has been making the Broadway rounds recently (last week he saw Peter and the Starcatcher and Avenue Q). After ...

David Alan Grier Feels the Sweet Vindication of Porgy and Bess' 10 Tony Nods

David Alan Grier Feels the Sweet Vindication of Porgy and Bess' 10 Tony Nods

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

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Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey star Jim Parsons announced the nominations for the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center on May 1. Once topped the noms with 11, while Peter and the Starcatcher is the play that garnered the most nods with ...

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Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

It’s almost Tony time, and let's face it: We’re obsessed! In anticipation of the 2012 Tony nominations, which will be announced on May 1, the Broadway.com editorial staff clocked 12 of the top races. Take a look at our forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a “shout out” to one performer or show we hope the Tony nominators won’t forget ...

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Jim Carrey Visits His In Living Color Co-Star David Alan Grier & the Cast of Porgy and Bess

Jim Carrey Visits His In Living Color Co-Star David Alan Grier & the Cast of Porgy and Bess
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Two decades ago, Jim Carrey and David Alan Grier were performing outrageous skits and stunts as the stars of TV’s In Living Color. Today, Carrey is an international movie star, and Grier is winning raves as Sporting Life in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. On April 13, Carrey and his girlfriend Anastasia Vitkina made their way to the ...

Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier Stops By VH1’s Morning Buzz to Talk In Living Color Reunion

Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier Stops By VH1’s Morning Buzz to Talk In Living Color Reunion

Porgy and Bess star David Alan Grier stopped by VH1's new daily show Big Morning Buzz Live on April 13 to chat about his return to Broadway, theatrical superstitions and the differences between theater and TV. The Tony nominee also refelcted on starring in the groundbreaking TV sketch comedy series In Loving Color, and discussed the possibility of seeing his ...

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess
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Aretha Franklin is the latest famous face to take in Diane Paulus’ Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. The Queen of Soul headed down to Catfish Row on March 28 with her fiancé Willie Wilkerson to hear that classic Gershwin score. After the curtain came down, Franklin, Wilkerson Civil Rights activist Julian Bond went backstage to meet Audra McDonald, Norm ...

NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

The revival of Porgy and Bess may be tragic onstage, but backstage this company is full of fun and laughs. Broadway.com asked the main mamma of Catfish Row, NaTasha Yvette Williams (Mariah), to give us a look behind the scenes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Williams’ hysterical guided tour of the “old and small” Broadway house includes a glimpse ...

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The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The company of Broadway’s Porgy and Bess “hooded up” on March 25 in honor of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen shot to death in Sanford, Florida, on February 26. As the case continues to draw national attention, the Porgy cast and creative team showed their solidarity by donning hoodies (which Martin was wearing at the time of his death ...

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Porgy and Bess Launching National Tour in Fall 2013

 Porgy and Bess Launching National Tour in Fall 2013

The Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will kick off a national tour during the the Fall of 2013. Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12 and will continue through September 30. No casting, cities or official dates for the tour have been announced at this time.


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Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Will Record Two-Disc Porgy and Bess Cast Album

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Will Record Two-Disc Porgy and Bess Cast Album

The popular revival of Porgy and Bess will get a two-disc cast recording from PS Classics. The cast led by Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier will record the classic Gershwin tunes March 12 and 13 in anticipation of a May 8 release date. Porgy and Bess opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12 and will ...

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See David Alan Grier and the Cast of Porgy and Bess Head to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

See David Alan Grier and the Cast of Porgy and Bess Head to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

It’s Broadway Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and on February 21 the funnyman welcomed the cast of the lush revival of Porgy and Bess to perform. David Alan Grier delivered a rousing rendition of the toe-tapper “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” In the number, the no-good Sporting Life (Grier) reinterprets the Gospel for the townspeople of Catfish ...

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Nick Jonas, Sutton Foster, Ghost & More to Perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s Broadway Week

Nick Jonas, Sutton Foster, Ghost & More to Perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s Broadway Week

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will host its annual Broadway Week February 20 through 24, featuring a musical number from one Broadway show each night. The late night talk show airs weeknights on NBC.

Pop star Nick Jonas will perform a song from How to Succeed Without Really Trying on Monday, February 20. David Alan Greir will sing a number ...

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