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Celebrate Black History Month With The Black Version

Celebrate Black History Month With The Black Version

Direct from a sold-out run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Black Version makes its New York City debut for Black History Month at Manhattan West’s Midnight Theatre. Performances are on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, with performances at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission. No food/drink minimum. Tickets are on sale here.

This incredibly funny and groundbreaking improv show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvises the “Black version” of that film, complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels, and much more. The Black Version is a completely improvised show performing once a month at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Black Version has performed to completely sold-out houses at The Groundlings Theatre after opening in the summer of 2010. They’ve performed at The Kennedy Center as well as several comedy festivals over the years including Netflix is a Joke Festival, the San Francisco SketchFest, Outside Lands Music Festival, and the Louisville Improv Festival to name a few.

The all-African-American cast of regulars includes show creator and namesake, Jordan Black (Community), Nyima Funk (Wild N’ Out), Daniele Gaither (MadTV), Phil LaMarr (MadTV), Gary Anthony Williams (Boondocks), and Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911) under the direction of Karen Maruyama (The Campaign), presented by Zach Laks Productions. Past guest performers include Keegan-Michael Keyand Jordan Peele of Key & Peele (former original cast members) along with special guest performers such as Tiffany Haddish, Wayne Brady, Niecey Nash, Jerry Minor (SNL), Maya Rudolph (SNL), and Angela V. Shelton (Frangela), among others who come and perform in the show from time to time. The cast has vast film and television credits ranging from Key & Peele, MadTV, Pulp Fiction, and SNL to Futurama, The Boondocks, Reno 911, and dozens more.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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