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THE HARDER THEY COME Exclusive Behind The Scenes | The Public Theater

THE HARDER THEY COME Exclusive Behind The Scenes | The Public Theater

Check out an exclusive behind the scenes of the world premiere musical THE HARDER THEY COME, featuring exciting moments from rehearsal and special interviews with Book-Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, Director Tony Taccone, and Choreographer Edgar Godineaux on developing the classic 1972 movie title from screen to stage at The Public Theater! ⭐ ABOUT THE HARDER THEY COME: World Premiere THE HARDER THEY COME Book by Suzan-Lori Parks Including Songs by Jimmy Cliff Additional New Songs by Suzan-Lori Parks Based upon the film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone Music Supervision, Orchestrations, and Arrangements by Kenny Seymour Choreography by Edgar Godineaux Co-Directed by Sergio Trujillo Directed by Tony Taccone Company featuring: Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers, J. Bernard Calloway, Andrew Clarke, Eean Sherrod Cochran, Tyla Collier, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Tiffany Francès, Garfield Hammonds, Dana Marie Ingraham, Dominique Johnson, Chelsea-Ann Jones, Natey Jones, Dudney Joseph Jr, Dwight Xaveir Leslie, Morgan Mcghee, Meecah, Jacob Ming-Trent, Alysha Morgan, Ken Robinson, Housso Semon, Denver Andre Taylor, Sir Brock Warren, Carla Woods, & Christopher Henry Young Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence, Suzan-Lori Parks, brings to The Public a new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie, THE HARDER THEY COME. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society. Featuring Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff’s hits, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and "Many Rivers to Cross," former Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Taccone directs this new musical, with co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux. Learn more & access tickets at Video by Craig Feldman D.P.
The Little Mermaid | Official Trailer

The Little Mermaid | Official Trailer

Watch and you'll see, some day I'll be, part of your world! Watch the new trailer for #TheLittleMermaid and see the movie in theaters May 26! The brand new soundtrack for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is available now to Pre-Save, Pre-Add or Pre-Order – “The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca”) as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.         “The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”). The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), Miranda, two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), and Rob Marshall, with Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”) serving as executive producer.  Hashtag: #TheLittleMermaid Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Rachel Montez Minor on How Meditation Inspires Her | Motivational Minute

Rachel Montez Minor on How Meditation Inspires Her | Motivational Minute

Rachel Montez Minor explains how meditation led to her being open to new creative ideas and stories. Check out her book "The Sun, The Moon, The Stars" here: #DrewBarrymoreShow #MotivationalMinute #RachelMontezMinor Subscribe to The Drew Barrymore Show: Keep the party going with a visit to FOLLOW THE DREW BARRYMORE SHOW Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Snapchat: TikTok: FOLLOW DREW BARRYMORE Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: The Drew Barrymore Show is daytime’s brightest destination for intelligent optimism and maximum fun, featuring everyone’s favorite actor, businessperson, mom and cultural icon, Drew Barrymore! From news to pop culture, human interest to comedy - you’ll discover it here with Drew along with the beauty and wisdom, as well as the heart and humor in life. Rachel Montez Minor on How Meditation Inspires Her | Motivational Minute
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Actor Wren T.  Brown | Theatre Corner

Actor Wren T. Brown | Theatre Corner

A versatile actor with a deep melodious voice, Wren T. Brown is a fourth generation Angeleno, and also a fourth generation theatrical. He is very proud to be in his fourth decade as an Actor, Producer and Director. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wren is descended from a long line of talented performers, including his father, jazz trumpeter Troy Brown Jr., his paternal grandmother, Bertha McElroy (a dancer at the Cotton Club NYC), and his paternal grandfather, actor-comedian Troy Brown Sr. (5th black actor in Screen Actors Guild). His maternal grandmother, Ruth Givens, was a torch singer and dancer (Cotton Club Los Angeles and movies) and his maternal grandfather, Lee Young Sr., was the first black staff musician in Hollywood (Columbia Pictures 1946) and the drummer and musical director for Nat King Cole. His great grandfather, Willis Handy Young, was a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and owner of his own Vaudeville troupe at the turn of the 20th Century (The New Orleans Strutters). Among Wren’s film appearances are: "Beyond the Lights," "Waiting to Exhale," "Heart and Souls," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "The Dinner," "Hollywood Shuffle," "Biker Boyz," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Midnight Clear" and David Mamet's "Edmond." On television, Wren co-starred as Whoopi Goldberg's brother and comic foil in NBC's "Whoopi" and was a regular in "Flipper: The New Adventures," as well as CBS's "Bless This House." He has also guest starred or recurred on: "The West Wing," "The Practice," "Touched by an Angel," "Frasier," "Seinfeld," "Charmed," "Star Trek: Voyager," " Eli Stone," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Women’s Murder Club," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The Game," and as Professor Wilkins on "Half & Half." Wren also starred opposite John Larroquette in Hallmark's "McBride: Tune in for Murder." Most recently, Wren has also been seen on "Being Mary Jane," "Grey’s Anatomy" (recurring), and as the voice of Virgil Simpson, on "The Simpsons." Wren can now be seen in the Fall premiere of the 2017 4th season of the Emmy-award winning Amazon series "Transparent." Some of his theatre credits include: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (Drama-Logue Award winner), "On Borrowed Time," "Burning Hope," and his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in "Jeffrey's Plan." Wren has appeared in over 100 commercials and a broad range of voice-over and spoken word projects including being tapped by acclaimed pianist Billy Childs to recite the classic Langston Hughes poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" on Childs’ GRAMMY Award nominated album "I’ve Known Rivers." He narrated The History Channel’s "U.S.S. Constellation: Battling For Freedom," The Learning Channel series "Scene of the Crime," and "E! True Hollywood Story" on the life of Diana Ross. He also voiced Disney’s Br’er Rabbit for various projects and can currently be heard narrating Laurence Fishburne's "Bronzeville" 10 episode 1940s-era Chicago podcast. In his directorial debut, he directed over thirty-five actors and actresses in their performances in "Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience," winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year in which Wren also narrated the book of Matthew. In April 2018 (4/4-4/21), Wren makes his theatrical directing debut on the Lone Tree Arts Center (Colorado) stage reviving August Wilson's cultural classic "Fences." In 1999, Wren made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, "Boesman & Lena" starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves’ concert film of her GRAMMY Award winning CD, "In the Moment: Live in Concert." He has produced an array of short films for new directors. In 2007, Wren founded Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), the first African American professional theatre company in Los Angeles history where he serves as its producing artistic director from inception to the institution's now 10 year anniversary. ERT, under Wren’s leadership, has produced Ovation Award and NAACP Theatre Award winning productions of August Wilson's "Two Trains Running, Regina Taylor’s "Crowns," Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin In the Sun," Jeff Stetson’s "Fraternity," Phillip Hayes Dean’s "Robeson," "The Gospel at Colonus," of which the Los Angeles Times wrote "Theater at its most healing, electrifying and transcendent, 'Colonus' demands attendance." (June 2015) and the 2017 musical hit Clarke Peters' "Five Guys Named Moe" (May 18-June 11, 2017) which the Los Angeles Times reviewed as " of the more entertaining experiences available to humanity…" Wren periodically gives a six-week entertainment industry seminar through the ERT Performance Lab entitled, "Purpose, Passion & Possibility" as well as being an active cultural/motivational lecturer. Wren currently serves on the board of Antioch University, Los Angeles.
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