Emmy 2020 Nominations

This morning Leslie Jones presented the nominations o the 2020 Emmy Awards. There are a few nominations that are very exciting to me as they feature talent from period series!

Drama Series 
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Comedy Series
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)

Limited Series
“Mrs. America” (Hulu)
“Watchmen” (HBO)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King (“Watchmen”) (Included becasue its Regina (duh!) and because of their flashbacks)
Octavia Spencer (“Self Made”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Sterling K. Brown (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen”)
Jovan Adepo (“Watchmen”)
Louis Gossett Jr. (“Watchmen”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Serie…

Hamilton Trailer - Coming to Disney+

The trailer for the cultural phenom Hamilton is here! The proshot is coming to the Disney+ streaming service this July 3!! Fans of the history making musical play will get a chance to see the beloved original cast. I firmly believe in Broadway productions becoming more accessible to fans of the medium, so proshots that can reach everyone are a step in the direction.  I am in love with the soundtrack and can not wait to see the OBS in action!!

Hamilton OBS Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler Chris Jackson as George Washington Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan / James Madison Anthony Ramos as John Laurens / Philip Hamilton Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds Jonathan Groff as King George III  Jon Rua as Charles Lee / Ensemble Ephraim Sykes as George Eacker / Ensemble Thayne Jasperson as Samuel Se…

Happy Juneteenth!

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

'Till We Reach That Day' from Ragtime the Musical

I've been listening to this rendition of "Til We Reach That Day' lately. I am in love with the way this casts' voices blend together and how they bring such emotion to the song. 
The Soloists: Piper Jones ('12) as Sarah's Friend Deonte Warren ('10) as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. Jessica Blair ('09) as Emma Goldman James Lombardino ('09) as Tateh Kara Farmer ('09) as Mother

Belmont University Musical Theatre Department - RAGTIME - Fall 2008
Till We Reach That Day  Music by Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Terrence McNally

COALHOUSE (spoken): No!
SARAH'S FRIEND: There's a day of hope May I live to see When our hearts are happy And our souls are free Let the new day dawn Oh, Lord, I pray We'll never get to heaven Till we reach that day
MOURNERS: It's a day of peace A day of pride A day of justice We have been denied When a man can live And a child can play We'll never get to heaven Till we reach that day

Check Out the Action Packed Trailer for Showtime's Series 'The Good Lord Bird'

Based on the 2013 James McBride novel, The Good Lord Bird follows a young enslaved boy as he joins John Brown in Brown's abolitionist mission during Bleeding Kansas.

Newcomer Joshua Caleb Johnson plays Onion (who is a fictional character) and can be heard narrating the trailer. Just like in the award winning novel, the series will be told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson).

You will also spot Daveed Diggs (of Hamilton fame) as abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass.

The seven part miniseries will premier August 9th on Showtime. 

Poster + Cast of Spike Lee's newest film, Da 5 Bloods

Four African American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure.

Cast Chadwick Boseman Delroy Lindo  Clarke Peters   Jonathan Majors Isiah Whitlock Jr. Norm Lewis  Giancarlo Esposito
Crew Director: Spike Lee Music composed by: Terence Blanchard Screenplay: Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo Producers: Spike Lee, Lloyd Levin
Netflix will release the film globally on Friday June 12th.

Official Teaser Trailer for Lovecraft Country

Here is the newest teaser trailer for the upcoming HBO series. Lovecraft Country.

"HBO’s new drama series, based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name, debuts this August. The series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback." 
Lovecraft Country is executive produced by Misha Green (of Underground fame), J.J Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim and David Knoller.
The first three names of the behind the camera creative team are enough to have me tuning in. The actors and actresses cast were equally compelling. Although horror isn't always my thing (I'm a…