Black Ensemble Theater Announces Partial Patti LaBelle Tribute Casting

Black Ensemble Theater Announces Partial Patti LaBelle Tribute Casting

Black Ensemble Theater has announced the cast for “A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti LaBelle,” written and directed by Rueben D. Echoles, and running, May 5 – June 17. The cast includes Dawn Bless as older Patti and Cherise Thomas as young Patti. Jessica Seals, Kylah, Williams, and Renelle...

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Black Ensemble Has Its HAIL, HAIL CHUCK Cast and Creatives

Black Ensemble Has Its HAIL, HAIL CHUCK Cast and Creatives

Black Ensemble Theater has announced the cast and creative team for its first show of 2018, HAIL, HAIL CHUCK: A TRIBUTE TO CHUCK BERRY

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Review: SAMMY: A TRIBUTE TO SAMMY DAVIS JR. at Black Ensemble Theater

Review: SAMMY: A TRIBUTE TO SAMMY DAVIS JR. at Black Ensemble Theater

In our modern society, we often hear the opinion that artists shouldn’t be too political, too controversial or too outspoken in order to achieve success. Yet Sammy Davis Jr. would have simply laughed wryly and sang “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

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Black Ensemble Season Includes Chuck Berry, Patti LaBelle, Blues, Hip Hop Tributes

Black Ensemble Season Includes Chuck Berry, Patti LaBelle, Blues, Hip Hop Tributes

Black Ensemble Theater’s Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announced today the company’s 2018 season. Taylor comments, “This 42nd Season titled ‘Movers and Shakers’ has something for everybody! From Rock and Roll, to Soul, to Blues, to Hip Hop and everything in between, this is a musical smorgasbord that cannot be...

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Black Ensemble Announces LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE Cast & Team

Black Ensemble Announces LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE Cast & Team

Black Ensemble Theater continues their 2017 season with the world premiere of LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE (MORE THAN AN MOMENT IN HISTORY), written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, October 14-November 26. LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE is said to be “a musical and historical depiction...

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Black Ensemble Theater Announces Casting for BLACK PEARL

Black Ensemble Theater Announces Casting for BLACK PEARL

Black Ensemble Theater has announced the cast for the world premiere of BLACK PEARL: A Tribute to Josephine Baker. Directed and written by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl Brooks, the production features Joan Ruffin as Older Josephine, Aerial Williams as Younger Josephine, and Rhonda Preston as Mother. The ensemble also includes...

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Jackie Taylor Recieves Fifth Star Award 

Jackie Taylor Recieves Fifth Star Award 

Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO of Black Ensemble Theater, was honored with the Fifth Star Award from the City of Chicago and Allstate Insurance Company, at a ceromony held earlier this evening at Millennium Park.  Hosted by the Q Brothers, the event featured tribute performances by Black Ensemble Theater and...

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