Category: theatrical plays

Black Ensemble Theater’s Teddy Pendergrass Tribute, is a 'Must See' for R&B Soul Music Fans

Black Ensemble Theater’s Teddy Pendergrass Tribute, is a 'Must See' for R&B Soul Music Fans
Black Ensemble Theatre (BET) is lighting up the stage once again with one of their best performances since founded in 1976.  I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass), is a riveting story honoring the life and music of R&B singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass.   The musical play will be part of this year’s ‘Season... Read more »

Singer Marvin Gaye’s Life Story Resonates in Music and Drama at Black Ensemble Theater

Singer Marvin Gaye’s Life Story Resonates in Music and Drama at Black Ensemble Theater
In celebrating Black Ensemble Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season, the award winning theater based in Chicago is giving an encore performance of their most highly acclaimed plays. The Marvin Gaye Story (Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), performing from June 12 to July 10, 2016,  is one of seven plays featured this... Read more »

Black Ensemble’s 'Dynamite Divas' Wows the Audience with a Tribute to R&B Soul

Black Ensemble’s 'Dynamite Divas' Wows the Audience with a Tribute to R&B Soul
“Ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you, the Dynamite Divas Telecast, featuring Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight and Nancy Wilson!,” bellowed Mr. Maurice (Rueben D. Echoles) as he stood alone at center stage. “This grand concert features the biggest and most influential R&B singers of our time!” From Mr. Maurice’s opening scene of Dynamite... Read more »
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Roger and Chaz Ebert’s Love Story Comes to Life in 'The Black-White Love Play'

Roger and Chaz Ebert’s Love Story Comes to Life in 'The Black-White Love Play'
Falling in love with someone outside your race could be challenging, especially during times of overt racial tensions and cultural differences.  Yet the late Roger Ebert, a Caucasian film critic and renowned television host, endured a quiet movement alongside his African American wife Chaz Ebert, to show their colleagues, family, and the world, that their... Read more »

B.E.S.T. Program Supports Inner City Students with Mentorship and School Funding

B.E.S.T. Program Supports Inner City Students with Mentorship and School Funding
When it comes to nurturing the lives of under privileged children, employees of State Farm Insurance really care. For 23 years, the Business Excellence School Team, affectionately known throughout Chicago as the B.E.S.T. Program, has enhanced the lives of hundreds of elementary students. Larry Williams is the president of B.E.S.T. and a State Farm agent. ... Read more »

Black Ensemble Theater's 'Men Of Soul' Will Have You Dancing and Singing in Your Seats

Black Ensemble Theater's 'Men Of Soul' Will Have You Dancing and Singing in Your Seats
The award winning Black Ensemble Theater rolled out the red carpet this weekend for the premier of their musical revue Men Of Soul, to kick off their six week run in Chicago.   Black Ensemble Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks wrote and directed the stage play to take the audience on a musical journey, that highlights... Read more »
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