Hannah Cruz Starring in the Broadway Production of the Stage Musical “Suffs”

Hannah Cruz is headed back to Broadway

The part-Latina actress/singer gas joined the Broadway production of Suffs, a stage musical based on suffragists and their American women’s suffrage movement with a book, music and lyrics by Shaina Taub,

Hannah CruzSuffs originally premiered Off Broadway at The Public Theater in April 2022.

Most of the Broadway cast is making the move from Off Broadway, though Cruz, who played Ruza Wenclawska at The Public Theater, takes over from Phillipa Soo as Inez Milholland.

Taub will lead the Broadway cast of her musical Suffs, reprising the role she played in the original, sold-out production.

The casting makes Taub only the second woman in Broadway history to write the book, music, lyrics and star in her own musical, following the late Micki Grant, who made Broadway history in 1972 with Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.

Taub will play Alice Paul, the young suffragist at the forefront in the battle for women’s rights in the early 20th Century.

Joining Taub and Cruz in the Broadway production – which begins previews at the Music Box Theatre on March 26 ahead of an April 18 opening night – will be Nikki M. James as Ida B. Wells; Jenn Colella as Carrie Chapman Catt; Grace McLean as President Woodrow Wilson; Kim Blanck as Ruza Wenclawska; Anastacia McCleskey as Mary Church Terrell; Ally Bonino as Lucy Burns; Tsilala Brock as Dudley Malone; Nadia Dandashi as Doris Stevens; and Emily Skinner, who is taking over for Aisha de Haas in the Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn roles.

Rounding out the company are Hawley Gould as the alternate for Alice Paul, Jaygee Macapugay as Mollie Hay and Laila Drew making her Broadway debut as Phyllis Terrell/Robin.

The cast and ensemble will also include Dana Costello, Jenna Bainbridge, Monica Tulia Ramirez, Ada Westfall, Christine Heesun Hwang, Kirsten Scott, Housso Semon and D’Kaylah Unique Whitley.

Suffs, directed by Leigh Silverman, features choreography by Mayte Natalio, music supervision and music direction by Andrea Grody, scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Jason Crystal and orchestrations by Michael Starobin.

Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman will serve as lead producers, with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Malala Yousafzai serving as co-producers.

The official synopsis: It’s 1913 and the women’s movement is heating up in America, anchored by the suffragists — “Suffs,” as they call themselves — and their relentless pursuit of the right to vote. Reaching across and against generational, racial, and class divides, these brilliant, flawed women entertain and inspire us with the story of their hard-won victory in an ongoing fight. So much has changed since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment over a century ago, and yet we’re reminded sometimes we need to look back, in order to march fearlessly into the future.

Cruz’s previous credits include the Off Broadway productions of The Connector and Only Gold and the national tour of Hamilton.

A24 Releases First Trailer for Wagner Moura’s Action Epic “Civil War”

It’s War time for Wagner Moura.

A24 has released the first trailer for he action epic Civil War, starring the 47-year-old Brazilian actor, director and filmmaker.

Wagner MouraHailing from Alex Garland, the film will be released in theaters (including on IMAX screens) on April 26, 2024.

While the film’s plot has been kept under wraps, it’s now described as chronicling a race to the White House in a near-future America balanced on the razor’s edge.

Moura, Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeny appear to play journalists at a time when the United States has become a literal battleground, with 19 states seceding from the Union.

While not previously announced as part of the cast, Nick Offerman is introduced in the trailer as playing a fascist U.S. President, who’s at war with the so-called “Western Forces” of Texas and California. Also making an appearance as a threatening figure along our central trio’s path to D.C. is Dunst’s husband, Oscar nominee Jesse Plemons. Rounding out the cast are Stephen McKinley Henderson and Sonoya Mizuno.

Garland directed Civil War from his own script. In addition to serving as distributor, A24 produced the film alongside Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA and Gregory Goodman.

Moura’s previous credits include the films The Gray Man, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,and Wasp Network, as well as the television series Narcos.

Oscar Isaac to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in Period Drama “Armageddon Time”

It’s Armageddon Time for Oscar Isaac

The 41-year-old Guatemalan & Cuban actor will star alongside Cate Blanchett in Armageddon Time, the period drama to be directed by James Gray for RT Features.

Oscar Isaac

Isaac joins a list of new cast members that includes Robert De NiroDonald Sutherland and Anne Hathaway

Gray wrote and will direct, and re-teams with RT Features following their recent collaboration on Ad Astra, the Brad Pitt space thriller that co-starred Sutherland. RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira will produce, with Lourenço Sant’Anna and Rodrigo Gutierrez executive producing.

Gray crafted a drama based on his childhood memories, a big-hearted coming-of-age story that explores friendship and loyalty against the backdrop of an America poised to elect Ronald Reagan as president. It’s very different from his recent pictures, and he hopes to shoot in New York as soon as post-pandemic opportunities make it possible. 

“Every film you make is different, but I’m trying to do something that is the opposite of the vast, lonely and dark void of the movie I just directed,” Gray said. “I’m anxious to make something that is very much about people, about human emotions and interactions between people, and I want it to be filled with warmth and tenderness. In some sense, yes it’s about my childhood, but an illustration of familial love really on every level. I’m of the belief that most people do their best and that they try their best under difficult circumstances and in some sense that’s a beautiful thing and very moving to me.” 

Freddy Miyares to Star in the HBO Max Pilot “DMZ”

Freddy Miyaresis getting comic-al

The 25-year-old Latino actor has been cast in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming HBO Max pilot DMZ, an adaptation of the DC comic book series.

Freddy Miyares

Miyares will star opposite Rosario Dawsonand Benjamin Brattin the project.

DMZ is set in the near future where Americais embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattana demilitarized zone — hence the title of the seriesThe show chronicles the journey of fierce medic Alma Ortega (Dawson), who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of hope.

Miyares will be a series regular and play the character of Skel, the ruthless triggerman of one of the DMZ’s most powerful gangs, led by Parco Delgado (Bratt). He’s also a talented graffiti artist with a profound passion for art, which serves as his lasting connection to his humanity in a world where survival is predicated on power.

Miyares previously worked with DuVernay on the Emmy-winning Netflix series When They See Us, playing the adult Raymond Santana, one of the Exonerated Five

He recently appeared in the Showtime drama series The L Word: Generation Q. His other credits include appearances on Elementaryand The Code.

The project will be written and executive produced by showrunner Roberto Patino. DuVernay is set to direct and executive produce. The pilot is produced by ARRAY Filmworksin association with Warner Bros. Television.

Cardi B Films 2020 Presidential Campaign Video with Bernie Sanders to Appeal to Young Voters

Cardi Bis collaborating with an unlikely partner…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has teamed up with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to film a 2020 presidential campaign video meant to appeal to young voters.

Cardi B & Bernie Sanders

“We (are) working on a way to involve more young people in the political process,” the Vermont independent toldCNNin an interview as he arrived for the shoot. “The future of America depends on young people. They are voting in large numbers, but not large enough numbers.”

He said he and Cardi B spoke about a range of issues, including canceling student debt, climate change and raising the minimum wage. 

The video — filmed at the TEN Nail Bar, a local nail salon owned by two black women — is the first collaboration between the two.

After their meeting, Cardi B thanked Sanders on Instagram.

“Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country,” the rapper wrote.

She added that she asked the senator questions submitted by her fans and hinted to “stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all.”

Earlier this month, Cardi B was complimentary of the senator.

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016,” she tweeted. “This man been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time. Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

Last week, when asked about Cardi B’s support, Sanders told late night host Jimmy Kimmel he had spoken to the rapper on the phone on “several occasions.”

“She is really smart. And she is deeply concerned about what’s happening in this country,” Sanders said during an appearance on Kimmel’s show. “She wants to make sure we improve life for working people in this country, and I’m delighted that she is a supporter.”

The mutual admiration dates to April 2018, when Cardi B praised President Franklin Delano Rooseveltfor being “the real ‘Make America Great Again’ ” during a GQinterview. That statement caught the eye Sanders, who frequently refers to Roosevelt in his arguments for Democratic socialism and his single-payer “Medicare for All” plan.

“Cardi B is right,” Sanders tweeted at the time.

When asked Monday what it would mean to have Cardi B’s endorsement, Sanders said, “What it means is that, what Cardi B does is not only is she an enormously popular entertainer what she is doing is speaking to young people about the important issues that are on their minds and I applaud that very much.”

Cardi B is Asking the Presidential Hopefuls to Address the Issue of Police Brutality

Cardi B is raising the question of police brutality to presidential hopefuls…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, who has long taken an interest in American history and politics, has taken to Instagram to pose a hypothetical question, asking Democratic presidential candidates looking to run in the 2020 election what they would do when it comes to issues of police brutality in America.

Cardi B

“I would like to ask what are we going to do about police brutality,” the “I Like It” rapper wondered. “It seems like it keeps on happening every single day and they are getting away with it. Nobody is talking about it. I would like to see a change and know if our next president even cares because it seems our president now doesn’t.”

Cardi B called on her Bardi Gangto start thinking about the changes they want to see in their communities and drop their answers in the comments. 

The most-liked comments addressed hot-button topics like health care, college tuition, school safety, prison reform and the legalization of marijuana, just to name a few. 

Gaby Moreno Joins Voices with Van Dyke Parks to Cover David Rudder’s “The Immigrants” for Charity

Gaby Moreno is lending her voice to the fight for immigrant rights…

The 36-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist and Grammy winner has joined voices with iconic musician Van Dyke Parks to reimagine the classic David Rudder song “The Immigrants” in the name of charity.

Gaby Moreno

“I am a Guatemalan immigrant,” Moreno said in a statement. “This country welcomed me 18 years ago. It breaks my heart to see the events taking place at the border right now. We all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to be received into this country with more love and empathy.”

Parks echoes those sentiments, saying the new version of the song originally released 20 years ago “has a political punch, while also being joyful and underscoring how our culture is refreshed by immigrants like Gaby, and how those who arrive here can really redefine, and help build America.”

Rudder, a Trinidadian Calypso recording artist, wrote the song in response to an attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by New York police officers.

The song can be heard on major streaming platforms and is available for purchase.

Funds will be provided to CARECEN, a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural diversity and works for social and economic justice.

Moreno to Appear on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin”

Rita Moreno is heading to Virgin territory…

The 83-year-old Puerto Rican actress and singer, the only Hispanic entertainer with win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, has joined the cast of the CW’s hit telenovela-inspired series Jane the Virgin.

Rita Moreno

Moreno will portray the mother of Rogelio De La Vega, Jane’s telenovela-star father, portrayed by Jaime Camil. That, of course, makes her Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) grandmother

Moreno’s character, according to TVLine, will appear in episode 18 and is apparently “fiercely protective” of Rogelio.

Moreno, who earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 SAG Awards, is best known as the “America”-singing Anita in the film version of West Side Story.

Pure Glee: Rivera’s “Anita” Performances…

Move over Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Karen Olivo… There’s a new “Anita” stealing the show in West Side Story… And her name is Naya Rivera.

During this week’s episode of Glee, the 24-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ character, Santana Lopez, starred as Anita in William McKinley High School’s production of the musical, West Side Story.

In the episode, Rivera was a showstopper as Anita, the scene-stealing role that landed Moreno an Academy Award and Olivo a Tony Award.

Rivera’s big performance of “America” was pure musical theater magic, while her duet of “A Boy Like That”/”I Have a Love” was a gem.

It’s no wonder why the ALMA Award-winning singer/actress—who signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album—has seen her stock rise on FOX’s hit musical comedy series. She’s gone from back-up singer and dancer to lead vocalist in more and more performances recently. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come!

This week’s episode is available for viewing on the Fox.com.