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Christina Harper (left to right) plays Katherine, Melanie McCullough plays Gladys and Alanna Taylor is Wanda in Black Ensemble Theater's World Premiere Musical "The Marvelous Marvelettes"

Christina Harper (left to right) plays Katherine, Melanie McCullough plays Gladys and Alanna Taylor is Wanda in Black Ensemble Theater's World Premiere Musical "The Marvelous Marvelettes"

Christina Harper (left to right) plays Katherine, Melanie McCullough plays Gladys and Alanna Taylor is Wanda in Black Ensemble Theater's world premiere musical "The Marvelous Marvelettes" running until Sept. 7.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
"One Hit Wonders" at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago

"One Hit Wonders" at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago

Kelvin Roston Jr. (left to right) joins Brittney Thomas, Lyle Miller and Yando Lopez in the new stage production "One Hit Wonders" playing until June 29 at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's new stage show is hit and miss

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's new stage show is hit and miss

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am
'Chicago's Golden Soul' a sure hit at Black Ensemble Theater

'Chicago's Golden Soul' a sure hit at Black Ensemble Theater

There's a musical extravaganza taking place on stage at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.

March 24, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater presenting dance fairy tale 'Once Upon a People'

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater presenting dance fairy tale 'Once Upon a People'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 30, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's 'Curtis Mayfield' stage tribute a moving musical

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's 'Curtis Mayfield' stage tribute a moving musical

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
Reginald E. Torian stars as Older Curtis Mayfield in the Black Ensemble Theater's production of "It's All-Right To Have A Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield."

Reginald E. Torian stars as Older Curtis Mayfield in the Black Ensemble Theater's production of "It's All-Right To Have A Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield."

Reginald E. Torian stars as Older Curtis Mayfield in the Black Ensemble Theater's production of "It's All-Right To Have A Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield." The show will be at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center at 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater back with stage blues by 'Howlin Wolf'

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater back with stage blues by 'Howlin Wolf'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 12, 2013 12:00 am
Rick Stone as the Title Character in "Ain't No Crying the Blues: In Memory of Howlin Wolf" at Black Ensemble Theater

Rick Stone as the Title Character in "Ain't No Crying the Blues: In Memory of Howlin Wolf" at Black Ensemble Theater

Rick Stone plays the title character in "Ain't No Crying the Blues: In Memory of Howlin Wolf" at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago running through Aug. 11, 2013.

June 12, 2013 12:00 am
Chester Gregory to perform again in Chicago

Chester Gregory to perform again in Chicago

Gary native Chester Gregory will be lighting up two Windy City stages this week.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's 'Other Cinderella' still shining in 2013

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble's 'Other Cinderella' still shining in 2013

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 01, 2013 12:00 am
The Cast of "One Name Only" at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago

The Cast of "One Name Only" at Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago

The world premiere of "One Name Only: A Different Kind of Reality Show," written and directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben Echoles, continues in Chicago until Nov. 11. Gary actress Lisa Beasley (front row, center) stars as one of the singing hopefuls, shown here listening to t…

October 31, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater's stage tribute to reality singing contest a hit

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater's stage tribute to reality singing contest a hit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 31, 2012 12:00 am
'One Name Only' raises roof at Black Ensemble Theater

'One Name Only' raises roof at Black Ensemble Theater

There's a band of female voices commanding the stage at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.

October 11, 2012 12:00 am
Rashawn Thompson plays Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, played by Melanie McCoullough, Star in Black Ensemble Theater's "The Marvin Gaye Story"

Rashawn Thompson plays Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, played by Melanie McCoullough, Star in Black Ensemble Theater's "The Marvin Gaye Story"

Rashawn Thompson plays singer Marvin Gaye with his duet partner, the late great Tammi Terrell, played by Melanie McCoullough, in Black Ensemble Theater's "The Marvin Gaye Story" running until Aug. 19.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Chicago Black Ensemble Theater run of 'The Marvin Gaye Story' riveting

OFFBEAT: Chicago Black Ensemble Theater run of 'The Marvin Gaye Story' riveting

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am
Strong performances, great tunes are 'What's Going On' at BET

Strong performances, great tunes are 'What's Going On' at BET

The beloved tunes of soul singer Marvin Gaye star in Black Ensemble Theater's latest production "The Marvin Gaye Story: (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend)."

June 14, 2012 12:00 am
Hit production starring music and life of Jackie Wilson opens this weekend

Hit production starring music and life of Jackie Wilson opens this weekend

The music of the great Jackie Wilson will once again shine on a Chicago stage beginning this weekend.

November 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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"Other Cinderella" still a charmer

"Other Cinderella" still a charmer

Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater has successfully dusted off a favorite production.

November 10, 2010 12:00 am
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