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How Annie Baker’s Stage Success Shaped ‘Janet Planet’

Annie Baker attends the 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards in New York City.

Janet Planet is a quietly gorgeous coming-of-age film, written and directed by Annie Baker. Janet Planet is Annie’s feature film debut, but she has formerly been known as a brilliant playwright (with a Pulitzer Prize win under her belt, no less). To celebrate the release of Janet Planet, we are taking a look back at Annie’s playwriting career, which served as a foundation for such a wonderful first film. read more.

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Celebrating Black Music Month with Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter

With June being Black Music Month, it is critical that we remember and acknowledge the Black innovators who have pioneered some of the most lucrative and inspirational music genres in our lifetime. As usual, Beyoncé has reached new heights in her artistry thanks to her recent album, Cowboy Carter. Grab your cowboy hats, boots, and denim jeans, because we’re headed to the rodeo!read more.

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Women Make History at the 2024 Tony Awards

Sunday was the Tony Awards, and it was another exciting night for women! Shaina Taub, who wrote Suffs, had a particularly excellent night, but women took some other big categories that historically go to men. In fact, four women—Shaina Taub, Dede Ayite, Kara Young, and Nikiya Mathis—made history. Without further ado, here are the highlights of the 2024 Tony Awards!read more.

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Bebe Neuwirth Steals the Show in Revival of Cabaret

During the 2023-2024 Broadway season, Bebe Neuwirth was awarded a well-deserved Drama Desk Award for the role of Fräulein Schneider in the recent revival of Cabaret. On Sunday night, she was up for a Tony Award in the same category along with actresses Amber Iman (Lempicka), Nikki M. James (Suffs), Shoshana Bean (Hell’s Kitchen), Lindsay Mendez (Merrily We Roll Along), Leslie Kritzer (Spamalot), and Kecia Lewis-Evans (Hell’s Kitchen).… read more.

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Multimodal Janelle Monáe Is Her Own Eccentric Revolution

Today, FF2 is proud to celebrate singer, rapper, songwriter, actor, activist, and fashion icon, Janelle Monáe. On this day last year, Janelle released their fourth studio album, The Age of Pleasure: a shot of overwhelming joy in an era so often tinged with melancholy. A Black, pansexual, non-binary artist herself, through the album, Janelle invites listeners to celebrate Blackness, queerness, sexuality, and life.read more.

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Shaina Taub’s Suffs Takes “The March” to Broadway

This season at the Music Box Theatre audiences can witness the original musical Suffs on Broadway. After a sold out and extended run at The Public Theater (of which FF2 Media covered in 2022) this iteration moved to Broadway in the spring of 2024 to uproarious crowds. The following piece will delve into the season’s politically charged production and the parallel between the events of 110 years ago and today.read more.

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