Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Taraji P. Henson, Gayle King & more Attend “Stick Fly” Broadway Opening Night
Alicia Keys shares a laugh with her husband Swizz Beatz on the red carpet for the Broadway opening night of “Stick Fly” at the Cort Theatre, last evening Dec 8, in New York City.
The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter produced and writes original music for the Broadway premiere of Lydia R. Diamond’s critically-acclaimed play which is directed by Kenny Leon.
Celebrities at the opening included, Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson, Gayle King, Phylicia Rashad, ABC’s Robin Roberts, Angela Bassett and Jaleel White.
The cast of Stick Fly includes Tracie Thoms, Mekhi Phifer, Condola Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rosie Benton and Dulé Hill.
Set at the elegant Martha’s Vineyard home of the well-to-do LeVay family, Stick Fly begins when two adult sons bring their significant others (one a fiancée, the other a new girlfriend) home to meet their parents for the first time. Soon, secrets are revealed, civilities are dropped and identities are explored in a harsh new light. Race and rivalry, class and family, all come together for an explosive comedy of manners about today’s complex world.
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The 30-year-old entertainer was joined by fellow humanitarian & musician Bono as she screened the flick about her trip to Africa during last year’s World Cup series with five Americans.
Alicia, who met the courageous children, families and communities affected by the AIDS pandemic during her trip, started her charity, Keep a Child Alive, in 2003, to assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
She says she hopes the film reaches out to those who want to help, but can’t make it to Africa.
“Even if you never have been able to travel there, or if you never can, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel with us and really see it for yourself,” she said.
Keep A Child Alive With Alicia Keys airs on Showtime on Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day.
Alicia Keys is one of 20 celebrities to grace the cover of Dazed & Confused’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.
A series of 20 different covers have been shot for the upcoming December issue, featuring portraits of 20 iconic cover stars from Dazed’s past, and 20 rising stars chosen by each celebrity, as a portrait of pop culture heroes of the future.
Cover shots include Kate Moss, Pharrell Williams, Kelis, Chloe Sevigny, Eva Green and Jarvis Cocker. (posing with newer faces Josephine de la Baume, musician Lizzie Bougatsos, YouTube singer Maxine Ashley, and actress Jordan Scott, respectively).
Check out the covers for Alicia, Kelis, Pharrell & Kate Moss below – you can see the rest by visiting Dazed & Confused Mag website.
In the digital magazine’s Heroes issue, the entertainer opened up about her philanthropy work to help fight against HIV/AIDS through her organization Keep a Child Alive. Ms Keys also discussed being a mommy and her experience directing a film.
On giving back to those thru her org, Keep a Child Alive: “Sometimes we watch the news and things seem so out of hand. We feel that there’s nothing we can do. Or we think in order to donate we have to give $100 or $500. You can give $1, or even 50 cents a month, and these very small amounts add up and make a difference.”
On being a mother: “Motherhood is a billion times better than I expected, and I already expected it to be great. It’s all the things everyone ever said, but you don’t know it until you’re there. It’s a really special time, and I feel so honored that I get to help somebody in this world find his wings, and navigate and learn happiness, and be loved. Actually, he’s helping me learn, because I’m smarter now. He’s awesome! I’m having a ball!”
On being a director: “To be a director is something I always wanted to do,” she says. “It’s a beautiful dance, a beautiful orchestra, and all these parts make the music. That’s how I hear it. That’s how I see it. I loved it! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.” Plus, she jokes, “to watch the actors go into hair and makeup and not have to go in myself” made her love it even more.”
“@stickflyplay cast & I are signing autographs to celebrate the box office opening! Are you coming to see me? ” the 30-year-old tweeted before the event.
The event also celebrated the Broadway debut of the critically-acclaimed play which is directed by Kenny Leon.
The Grammy winning entertainer serves as a producer and will compose original music for the production which will begin previews at Broadway’s Court Theatre on Nov 18, in preparation of an official opening on Dec 8.
Stick Fly is about an upper class African American family vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and explores parental expectations, sibling rivalry, and issues of class and race.
At the event held today, fans who purchased a ticket at the box office were given an opportunity to stand in line to meet Alicia and cast members, and have a Stick Fly poster signed. If interested, you can purchase tickets here
She’s known as a mommy, singer, songwriter, musician, producer and activist but did know Alicia Keys can spin on the ones and twos?? - WHUTTTT. who knew!?!?
Check her out, Alicia Keys aka Mrs DJ AK-47 rockin’ the 1s + 2s at Yotel NYC on Oct. 29 with hubby Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes join for her big city bright lights NYC debut.
Alicia Keys hosts her 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom tonight Nov 3 in New York City.
“Blackball is gonna b So INCREDIBLE 2morrow!thx u 4 ur luv support & well wishes!!” the Grammy winning artist tweeted.
Alicia performed alongside Usher, Norah Jones and Will.I.Am. “The theme is going to be all about India because we’ve moved into helping to serve India in regards to what they’re going through with the AIDS pandemic, just like we do in Africa,” she recently told MTV News this week. “It’s going to be beautiful, the music is going to have a little Indian style to it as well, which is super fun for me to explore.”
Special guests at the event included Tyra Banks, Swizz Beatz, Queen Latifah, Model Chanel Iman, Kerry Washington, Serena Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vasquez, and Michael Kors, among others.
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