On this week’s episode, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set to premiere on Netflix, Leslie Odom Jr. releases a Christmas album, and Laura Bell Bundy launches a new podcast.
Watch Chadwick Boseman in Netflix’s First Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Trailer
Netflix has announced an adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to premiere on the streaming service on December 18th. The show takes place over the course of an afternoon in the 1920s, where a band of musicians works with the legendary Ma Rainey in a recording studio. Tensions and temperatures rise - and stories unfold that will change the course of their lives forever. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars Academy Award winner Viola Davis as Ma, and the late Chadwick Boseman as Levee, the trumpeter. The play was originally nominated for a Tony Award in 1985 and won a Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play that same year.
Leslie Odom Jr. Wants ‘The Christmas Album’ To Bring Joy Back For The Season
Leslie Odom Jr., who starred as Aaron Burr in the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway, has announced the release of his second Christmas album, just in time for the 2020 holiday season. Simply titled “The Christmas Album,” this musical offering features songs like “Last Christmas,” “Winter Song,” “Oh Holy Night,” and many more. Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo also makes a vocal appearance. “The Christmas Album” is available on Amazon now, and if you can’t get enough of Leslie Odom Jr.’s holiday hits, be sure to download “Simply Christmas,” - his first holiday album.
Laura Bell Bundy Celebrates Women In The Most Creative Way
Legally Blonde star Laura Bell Bundy has partnered with the Broadway Podcast Network for a new audio offering. Titled Women of Tomorrow after her upcoming album of the same name, the musical podcast explores issues that women are facing today, examines the history of those issues and provides solutions for moving forward. Each episode features a song that sets the stage for the episode’s topic. Episode one is available now and includes an interview with Amy McGrath, the first female fighter jet pilot and marine to fly an FA-18 in a combat mission. Listen to Women of Tomorrow wherever you subscribe to podcasts.