We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Dr. Nancy Dawson, artistic director of the Tennessee based Music is Spirit theater group. She leads her African American historical theater group in Stories From Da Dirt this weekend in New Orleans.
Performances combine stories from the Underground Railroad, women in the Civil War, and the performance of African American spirituals.
There's a new mystery on Broadway — one about the musical Rebecca, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel.
You can't see it yet on the New York stage. In fact, it hasn't even started rehearsals. That's because the production is short $4.5 million after one of its investors died before he could hand over the money.
A new show featuring the music and dance moves of New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima opens next month at the National World War II Museum.
Prima, who was born in 1910 and died in 1978, had a decades-long career spanning the genres of jazz, swing and big band with such hits as "Sing! Sing! Sing!," ''Just A Gigolo," ''Oh Marie," ''That Old Black Magic" and "Basin Street Blues."
It all began last year, when the Library of Congress presented Samuel Beckett's Ohio Impromptu alongside a piece of music by composer Dina Koston, which responded to the text. A New York group, the Cygnus Ensemble, played the music, while Washington, D.C., director Joy Zinoman staged the play, for one night only.