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The Black Emperor of Broadway (2020)





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Based on a true story, Charles S. Gilpin (Shaun Parkes) was the first African-American dramatic star in a lead role in a stage play during a time where roles of color were previously played by white men in blackface. As Gilpin rose to fame and recognition, tensions were high between him and playwright Eugene O'Neill (John Hensley), which ultimately lead to parting ways, though Gilpin's name is etched in Broadway history forever.

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Shaun Parkes
as Charles S. Gilpin
John Hensley
as Eugene O'Neill
Nick Moran
as Jasper Deeter
Liza Weil
as Agnes Boulton
Nija Okoro
as Florence Gilpin
Lonnie Farmer
as W.E.B. DuBois
Eve Annenberg
as Susan Glaspell
Nicholas Dorr
as Jig Cook
Heather Egeli
as Ida Rauh
Daniel Washington
as Paul Robeson
Sarah MacDonnell
as Christine Ell
Tim Misuradze
as James Light
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The Black Emperor of Broadway should have been able to highlight racism and social awareness through its narrative. Despite its solid performances, a lack of clarity only serves to confuse, rather than educate, audiences.

September 15, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I recommend The Black Emperor of Broadway because of the importance of Charles Gilpin's story and accomplishments, and the presentation of the battle between a writer's words versus the dignity of the actor saying those words.

September 10, 2020 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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