LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Joe Morton and Ledisi are among the esteemed honorees for the 26th annual NAACP Theatre Awards set to return on Nov. 21 at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre.
The ceremony, to be co-hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson and Miguel Nunez Jr., will include 32 categories that encompass local and equity nominations.
“Motown the Musical” leads the way with 11 nominations, including best costume, best choreography, best lead female actress, best lead male actor, best supporting male actor, best director, best musical director, best sound, best lighting and best playwright, Berry Gordy.
Presenters confirmed include Loretta Devine, Kenny Leon, Debbie Allen, Lou Gossett Jr., Rene Lawless, Pooch Hall, Nicki Micheaux, Keesha Sharp, Iona Morris, Kenny Lattimore, Ted Lange, Kinnik Sky, Paul Jackson Jr., and “Black-ish” siblings Marsai Martin and Miles Brown.
Special performances by Obba Babbatunde as Mr. Bojangles and Tami Mac’s Bag Lady will be featured. For more information, visit: NAACPTheatreAwards.com.
As a side note,“Motown the Musical” comes to the Hollywood Pantages Jan. 31 to Feb. 12.
SEASONAL SOIREE: Misty Copeland and her fellow American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers Stella Abrera, Gillian Murphy, Cory Stearns and James Whiteside will be featured in a one-night-only special performance at the company’s annual holiday benefit dinner and performance, Dec. 5, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening will include a post-performance dinner and dessert with the dancers. For information, please contact Lauran Huff at (310) 201-5033, ext. 3, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YULETIDE JOY: Tickets are now on sale for Stevie Wonder’s 20th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert set for Dec. 9 at the Microsoft Theater. Joining in the fun this year are John Legend, Lionel Richie, Sheryl Crow and more under the musical direction of Rickey Minor. Attendees are urged to bring an unwrapped toy or gift with them to be distributed to needy families via the We Are You Foundation. Visit AXS.com for details.
CAROLING: “Merry Christmas From Andra Day” — a five-track Christmas collection from the Grammy-nominated soul singer — has just been released via Warner Bros. Records. The set includes the classics “Someday At Christmas” (with Stevie Wonder), “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (with Jennifer Nettles), “Winter Wonderland,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “The First Noel.”
STAR TIME: Andre Royo is best known for his character work as endearing addict Bubbles on “The Wire” and Lucious Lyon’s legal eagle Thirsty on “Empire.” Now audiences can catch him in a rare lead role in the SXSW award-winning film “Hunter Gatherer.” In this captivating study, Royo plays a man returning to his mother’s South L.A. home from a prison stint on a mission to make a way while getting his old girl back. It is currently running through Nov. 23 at the Cinefamily.
CLIPPETTES: The story of early millionaire Madam C.J. Walker is headed to the small screen with Octavia Spencer starring and Kasi Lemmons directing …
The Funk Show is coming to the Long Beach Convention Center on Nov. 19 with a line-up featuring Cameo, The Bar-Kays, The SOS Band, Con Funk Shun, Mary Jane Girls and One-Way …
TMZ reports that the Prince estate has rebuffed Jay Z’s efforts to buy unreleased recordings for $40 million saying it had no interest in signing a deal for “Roc Nation to exploit any of the intellectual property assets of the estate.”…
Dru Hill with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao are celebrating their 20-year anniversary with a show Nov. 20 at The Forum …
44-year-old wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive after which he announced he may run for president …
Norman Connors and Bobby Lyle are on the bill Nov. 22 & 23 at the Catalina Jazz Club …
Hip Hop rules on Nov. 23. The Game, Method Man & Redman, Xzhibit, Dilated Peoples, Ras Kass, Kurupt and more are featured at The Microsoft Theatre; while Mindless Behavior brings its signature sounds to The Hollywood Palladium. Over at Anaheim’s Honda Center The Saint Pablo Tour starring Kanye West still has some tickets available.
TC ON TV: Nov. 19 – “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN): The Image Award-winning series returns for a fifth season with this heartbreaking episode focusing on the senseless murder of Miss Robbie‘s grandson, Andre.
Nov. 20 – “Allstate Gospel Superfest – A Holiday Special” (TV1): Pastor Shirley Caesar is honored by Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Jonathan Butler and many more in this special hosted by Vivica A. Fox. “2016 American Music Awards” (ABC): Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah host Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar and others.
Nov. 23 – “Ellen” (SYN): Mariah Carey, Sting; “The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors” (CW): Louis Gossett Jr., Mike Tyson, Montel Williams and more with performances by Penn & Teller, Daughtry, Candace Glover and Michael Bolton. “Neighborhood Sessions” (TNT): Spotlights Usher returning home to Chattanooga to aid music programs.
Nov. 24 – “2016 Revolt Music Conference Honors Nas” (Revolt): Chris Spencer hosts this gala presided by Sean “Diddy” Combs with performances by Kehlani and Bibi Bourelly. “The Wiz” (Fuse): “Ease on Down the Road” for a special airing of the 1978 classic movie starring icons Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.
TASTY QUIP: “Why do we have to say that black lives matter? Now I admit that it is not the best slogan, but McDonald’s already took, “You deserve a break today.” – DAVE CHAPPELLE on “SNL”
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