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  • Spiritual and Practical Preparation - LIVE READINGS!

    in Self Help

    Whether you are learning piano, trying ot for the Olympcis or hired for a role in a Broadway play...preparation and practice are necessary if you want to be able to reply upon "muscle memory" when the moment to perform arrives.


    Life is exactly like that!


    Being ready for challenges to your belief system and rapid societal changes requires not only flexibility and adaptability but also a strong foundation in knowing what you believe in and why.


    Join Carole for a discussion of why "getting ready" is now the order of the day and how you can prepare to be a Light for those seeking their way out of the darkness.


     

  • 00:57

    Allison Semmes (Diana Ross Lead in Motown the Musical US) + MORE

    in Entertainment

    Tune in Monday at 9:00 PM ET as Stacey B. of H. Blu's Word interviews the Diana Ross lead in Motown the Musical US, Allison Semmes.


    Chicago Native Allison Semmes is the embodiment of grace and glamour. Her entire presence and aura is reminiscent of the class and demeanor that exuded from the iconic songtresses like Lena Horne, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross. 

    To see Allison bring Diana Ross to life night after night in the Hit Broadway Musical - Motown the Musical is almost like watching the real Diana Ross come alive right before your eyes. From the moment Allison steps on stage she becomes the embodiment of one of the greatest female singers of our time - Diana Ross. 


    The dynamic singer/actress’ notable Broadway credits have also included the cultural smash hit show, The Book of Mormon. Allison's national touring credit also included the Award-winning musical The Color Purple. Semmes regional credits included Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, and Candide. She holds a Masters of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt. For more information go to allisonsemmes.com or @ladysemmes on Twitter.


    Tour Schedule for Motown the Musical US

  • 00:30

    Chukwudi Iwuji Talks "Ira" Aldridge Story On The Danny Tisdale Show

    in Lifestyle

    Today, Danny talks about the new staging of "Ira," on The Danny Tisdale Show. Danny talks to the award winning actor and writer Chukwudi Iwuji, about his new play "Ira" Aldridge the first African-American Actor to Grace London Stage and more. 


    staged at the Shrunken Shakespeare Company’s Annual Benefit Gala, that included a Staged Reading of Ira on June 8th, at The Loft on West 83rd Street. It was performed with a great cast with Tony Award Nominee Condola Rashad (Trip to Bountiful), Lorraine Toussaint (Academy Award Nominated Film Selma, Orange is the New Black), James Waterston (Dead Poet’s Society), Michael Rudko (The Audience with Helen Mirren), Sean Patrick Reilly (Blue Bloods), Ryan Duncan (Broadway’s Shrek).


    Listen to the show recorded live on Saturday, June, 27 2015.


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  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Sun Soul Orchestra!

    in Music

    Lawd, are you gonna hear some soulfully groovy music on 6/25!  There is not a finer way to wind down June than with the leadership vision of Stephen "Stevo" Theard and Ginger Murphy :)


    Yours truly first met Stevo when he was drumming for Peter White's Christmas Tour.  But his reputation certainly preceded that date.  This genuinely revered artist has roots in New Orleans and the flavor of the city shows in a most satisfying way.  When little Stevo was growing up in The Big Easy, he absorbed the sounds of the streets in ways that only special children can. Daddy loved Broadway, too, so that was thrown into the "Gumbo" of his musical heritage.  Matter-of-fact, you can Google Gumbo Child and find Stevo Theard!


    He decided to become a musician at 13 - and spent years in earnest study, performance and experimentation.  Years later, internationally known stars can tell you that his work paid off.  Stevo has played with household names, instrumentally and vocally.  He has appeared on TV and on stages across the globe.  Written original music for films.  But one of the best opportunities that has come his way: meeting Ginger Murphy.


    Ginger is one of those completely unique Beings that beguile men and enchant women.  A powerfully talented cellist and natural redhead (!!!!!!) whose art has captivated everyone from Snoop Dog to Josh Groban!  Ginger is classically trained, a native of Chicago, and has played with symphonic orchestras as well as recorded for both TV and Film.  She has been involved in over 100 albums - alongside MAJOR stars.  Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz.


    How these two gravitated toward each other - well, let's just be grateful!  Together, they created Sun Soul Orchestra in order to share the richness of their musical diversity.  And like minds :)  Join us for utterly fabulous music and conversation!

  • 00:26

    Wrong Turns, 6 Months in Wheelchair & Overcoming Self-Doubt - Stacey Tookey

    in Entrepreneur

    Your dance career really gets started when you bouce back from being knocked down a few times. 


    Stacey Tookey is a multitalented, director, choreographer and dancer who has worked with Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Justin Timberlake, and Michael Buble. She performed with Mia Michaels' dance company R.A.W., New York's Parsons Dance Project, Ballet British Columbia, ChuThis and the Houston Grand Opera's Carmen. Assistant choreographer for Broadway's A Few Good Men Dancin' and original cast member for the entire five-year run of Celine Dion's record-breaking show A New Day at Caesar's Palace.  She has received three Emmy nominations for her work on #SYTYCD, and she choreographs for Dancing With the Stars. Her dance company, Still Motion debuted in June 2014 to sold out audiences.  Stacey is board member of Nigel Lithgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation. 


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  • 00:46

    Madeline Kahn Biographer William V. Madison

    in Movies

    Author William V. Madison drops by to talk about Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life, his fascinating biography of the beloved actress who won so many fans by combining her musical talent and flair for comedy in such iconic movies as Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Madison boasts excellent qualitfications to write this well-researched book. His experience includes serving as an Associate Editor of Opera News and a production assistant on the Broadway musical Rags. Madison is also a graduate of Columbia’s School of Creative Writing. His new biography gives readers a riveting behind-the-scenes look at Madeline Kahn’s personal and professional life. It’s an inspiring tale about the persistence and dedication of an insecure but highly talented artist. George Bettinger, from The Mom and Pop Shop Radio Show, will co-host.   


    Although earning a degree in speech therapy and receiving training as an opera singer, Madeline Kahn became famous as a popular star of film, stage and TV. During the course of her illustrious career, Madeline appeared in over 40 films and television shows, garnering two Oscar nominations and four Golden Globe nominations. She also won a Tony Award as Best Actress in The Sisters Rosensweig and a People’s Choice Award in 1984 as Best New TV Performer as well as a Daytime Emmy Award in 1987 for her Outstanding Performance in an After School Special.  Madeline passed away in 1999 at age 57 -- but her impressive work on film continues to bring her new fans every day.

  • 02:08

    The Big Perm Show #65 - Norm Kelly, Bart Shatto & Dee Mill

    in Entertainment

    The trainwreck gets rolling this Sunday night at 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST !! This week we catch up with some of our favorite guests !!

    At 8:15 our first guest will be Peoria Historian, Norm Kelly !! Norm is a local historian and author with much of his writing coming from his real life experiences as a private detective in Peoria. Norm will join us to talk about everything from motorcycle cops to ostrich races. There's never a dull moment when Norm visits !!

    Then at 9:00 we'll talk with Peoria native and man of many talents, Bart Shatto !! Bart is an actor/ singer who currently resides in New Jersey. As a Broadway theatre veteran and a rock star with symphonic rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bart is most happiest when on set making a film. Bart will join us to talk about his return to Peoria to perform at Cornstock later in July as well as the many endeavors that keep him busy. Strap in for this one.....this guy is a riot !!

    As the trainwreck rolls on we'll be joined at 9:30 by the front man of the local group Art Of Ill Fusion, Dee Mill. Dee will be calling in from the Derrick Trucks show to tell us about an amazing Umphrey's McGee after party going down at The Country Club on June 28th. Joe Marcinek Band FEATURING Steve Molitz (Particle), Jesus Coomes (Lettuce), Dee Mill (Art of ILL Fusion), Nick Fairley (Easy Riders)......enough said !!

    This Sunday night is a show for the ages !! Don't miss it !! Train leaves the station at 8:00 p.m. CST !!

  • 01:00

    Jonelle Allen - Exclusive Interview - Thurs, June 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm PST

    in Music

    Jonelle Allen is an American actress, singer, and dancer.


    Born in New York City, Allen grew up in Harlem's Sugar Hill in a neighborhood that included Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, and Johnny Hodges, and NAACP founder Walter White. She made her Broadway debut at the age of six in The Wisteria Trees, Joshua Logan's Americanized adaptation of The Cherry Orchard starring Helen Hayes. As a child, she also made regular appearances on a local children's television series, The Merry Mailman, hosted by Ray Heatherton.


    Allen returned to Broadway for a revival of Finian's Rainbow. She was in the cast of the original off-Broadway production of Hair at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and also appeared in George M! before receiving critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination for Two Gentlemen of Verona, which earned her New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance. Despite her success, it proved to be her last Broadway appearance to date.


    Allen's film credits include Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Hotel New Hampshire, and The River Niger, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Other television appearances include Barney Miller, The Love Boat, All in the Family, Trapper John, M.D., Hill Street Blues, Cagney and Lacey, ER, and Girlfriends. She played a lesbian prison inmate in the 1975 television movie Cage Without a Key, which starred Susan Dey.


    Her most notable roles are Grace, the entrepreneurial cafe owner in the old west, that she played for seven years on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as well as the flamboyant and outspoken Doreen Jackson on the NBC soap opera, Generations and Lucinda Cavender, the vampire witch in the horror comedy film The Midnight Hour. Before her role of Doreen on Generations, Jonelle played ambitious salesgirl turned boutique manager Stacey Russell, on the short-lived primetime soap, Berrenger's.

  • 03:56

    Jessica Holter of The Punany Poets, Part 2 Haitian Dominican History

    in Culture

    TONIGHT: Listen to The African History Network Show, Thursday, 8pm-10pm EST with guest Jessica Holter founder of The Punany Poets.  She will talk about The Punany Poets, their upcoming Summer Tour Dates and their upcoming date in Detroit, MI on Friday, June 26th at 1515 Broadway.  Tickets are available at www.PunanyTickets.com. Call 510-600-9747 for Customer Service or to inquire about making special announcements, such as anniversaries and engagements at the show.  CALL IN WITH QUESTIONS/COMMENTS & LISTEN AT (914) 338-1375.  Listen online LIVE and the archived show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theafricanhistorynetworkshow/2015/06/19/jessica-holter-of-the-punany-poets-part-2-haitian-dominican-history.


    Part 2: “The Bloody Origins of the Dominican Republic’s Ethnic ‘Cleansing’ of Haitians”. We did Part 1 on Wednesday, June 17th. We'll continue this discussion on history lesson on tonight's show.  Hundreds of thousands of Haitians in The Dominican Republic stand to be deported.  


     


    On June 17th, 2015 in South Carolina, 9 people were shot at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  This was Denmark Vesey's Church.  We'll talk about the shooting and the history of the Church.

  • 01:27

    LUCIE ARNAZ, MICHELE LEE, ANDY PROPST: CY COLEMAN REVUE

    in Entertainment

    He composed songs such as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” and wrote the musicals Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, City of Angels, and The Will Rogers Follies. His name: Cy Coleman, the subject of a remarkable new bio YOU FASCINATE ME SO by journalist and author Andy Propst. Propst will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 3 pm ET, along with Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz and Mrs. Cy Coleman for a show-stopping conversation.


    Andy Propst, the author of YOU FASCINATE ME SO, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CY COLEMAN is a journalist whose career has encompassed work with NY Shakespeare Festival founder, Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio’s XM 28 On Broadway channel. 


    Award-winning actress and performer Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,  Ball starred in Cy Coleman’s WILDCAT. Lucie Arnaz has acted in  television and film, including in THE JAZZ SINGER for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe. She made her mark on Broadway in beginning with the musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. She headlined the first national tour of Cy Coleman’s mega-hit musical SEESAW.


    Emmy Award Nominee and a two-time Tony nominee Michele Lee starred in the original production of the Coleman/ Dorothy Fields musical SEESAW, She made her Broadway debut in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING ande starred as  Karen Fairgate on  the nighttime soap opera KNOTT’S LANDING. 


    Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz, Andy Propst, Shelby Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we look at the life, times and music of composer Cy Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 01:00

    Profile:Albert Wolsky/Costume Designer/2 Oscar Wins/Birdman/All That Jazz

    in Movies

    Albert Wolsky was born in Paris, France in 1930.His first entree was working as a "gofor" to legendary costume maker Helene Pons during her execution of the Adrian/Tony Duquette designs for the original Broadway production of "CAMELOT".  ithin six years, he was designing Broadway productions under his own name and in 1968, he would have his first film credit, "HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER". Bringing the knowlege he learned while working on Broadway, Mr. Wolsky would concentrate his career on the designing of feature films. Over the next three decades he would build a body of work impressive not only by size but by it's addressing every possible film genre with a consistant level of design quality. His easy manner and eye for detail would not only bring him repeat assignments from his colleaugues but earn him the reputation as both Paul Muzarsky's and the late Bob Fosse's costume designer. To date, he has been nominated for the Academy Award five times, winning it twice. He was also honored by The Costume Designer's Guild with their lifetime achievement award. He worked with Bob Fosse, a leading Broadway director, on All That Jazz and won his first Academy Award. He won his second Academy Award for Bugsy in 1991 and has been nominated five other times, most recently for his work on Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired musical Across the Universe (2007) andSam Mendes's Revolutionary Road (2008) and most recently for Birdman. He is the recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award For Costume Design. In 2010, Wolsky donated his costume design sketches to the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film