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Tue, 01.30.1968

Billy Holiday Theatre opens

*The Billy Holiday Theatre’s opening in 1968 is celebrated on this date. Serving some 30,000 people annually for more than 30 years, the Audelco and Obie award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre has garnered a well-earned reputation for providing outstanding professional theater productions at affordable prices. The 200-seat theater has a 40-week season and is training ground for aspiring theater professionals. It has nurtured the careers of Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson; multitalented performer, choreographer and director Debbie Allen; television, film and theater producer Samm-Art Williams; actress Tichina Arnold; award-winning scenic designer Felix Cochren and many others.

The Theatre is the original New York producer of many hit shows, including Lotto; In accent Black and The Five Brothers, which went on to Broadway and starred Melba Moore; One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, which toured nationally with Kim Fields and Ted Lange and the musical, Over Forty. Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant is the Billy Holiday Theater and Skylight Gallery; the theater produces plays written by promising, but undiscovered writers; art gallery features rotating exhibits by up and coming artists. The Theater is located at 1360 Fulton Street; 718-636-6937, (718) 857-6363.

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The Billie Holiday Theater

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