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The Fortress of Solitude,
Starring Kyle Beltran
& Adam Chanler-Berat, Begins
Performances Off-Broadway

By Broadway.com Staff 
September 30, 2014
 
The Fortress of Solitude begins performances off-Broadway at the Public's Newman Theater on September 30. The new musical, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, will run through November 2. Directed by Daniel Aukin, opening night is scheduled for October 22.

Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude is a coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond. It tells the story of two teenagers obsessed with superheroes who believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.

The cast includes Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, Ken Barnett, André de Shields, Carla Duren, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jahi Kearse, Kevin Mambo, David Rossmer, Conor Ryan, Kristen Sieh, Brian Tyree Henry, Alison Whitehurst, Malaiyka Reid, Noah Ricketts, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams.

  World Premiere
            Opens Septmenber 30th

 THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

   Book by Itamar Moses
   Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
   Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin
   Based upon the novel by Jonathan Lethem

                  September 30 – November 2, 2014

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Lethem, the soaring new musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE makes its world premiere this fall with a dynamite creative team including composer/lyricist Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. Co-production with Dallas Theater Center.

New York Innovative Theatre Awards Celebrates Off-Off Broadway

By  
September 24th, 2014
"...the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards celebrated the more common WTF moments seen Off-Off-Broadway...Perhaps the most poignant moment of the night was the tribute to Woodie King, Jr. who was presented the Ellen Steward Award by friend and theater giant André De Shields. In an eight-minute speech, followed by a video presentation, De Shields recalled how he was first introduced to Ellen Steward and King, who took the actor under his wing... De Shields shined a light on a forgotten hero. By the time King took the stage, he was given a resounding standing ovation."

Having a Blast

As we pause to recognize Overture Center for the Arts’ tenth anniversary, renowned Broadway actor and Overture’s opening night star André De Shields shares how his journey in the arts has been molded and shaped by Madison’s own artistic evolution
   

BY ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS

Aug 19, 2014

 
Be forewarned, I am a man who believes in signs and omens, and all that they might portend. That said, once upon a time, long ago, but not so far away, there was a young student of color at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who, more than anything, wanted to be considered an asset to his alma mater.

As any good storyteller would, I am going to begin at the beginning, which for this particular journey is Wednesday, June 25, 1969. That was the date of the long-anticipated opening of the Madison Civic Repertory Theatre.

Chicago Humanities Festival’s
25th anniversary lineup a full catalog of “Journeys”


   At the Francis W. Parker School
   November 3, 2014

Helmed by Jeff Award-winning duo Rob Lindley and Doug Peck, this musical revue is a chronological journey featuring a song from each Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” production since 1949. Choreographed by Katie Spelman, the production will feature André DeShields (“The Wiz,” “Jungle Book”), Ernestine Jackson (“Raisin”) Karen Mason (“Sunset Boulevard”), and numerous stars of the stage.

Tickets can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or by calling the CHF Box Office at (312) 494-9509, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
   
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