SimonSays Entertainment seeks to Tell Every StoryTM via film, stage & TV with the hottest young talent from, and about, under-represented communities.
SimonSays Entertainment, founded in 2009 by Ron Simons, is a Film & Theatre production company whose mission is to "Tell Every Story" with a particular focus on narratives that dig deeply into the outsider's struggle for dignity and acceptance and how that journey unfolds in the ever-changing American Tapestry. The film’s debut film project "Night Catches Us", premiered in dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was screened as part of the 2010 New Directors / New Films Festival by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society at Lincoln Center. The film was released in the U.S. in December 2010 through Magnolia Pictures and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. The company’s second feature, "Gun Hill Road", stars Esai Morales and Judy Reyes. "Gun Hill Road" was a 2011 Sundance Grand Jury nominee. Recent projects include the Tony-winning longest running Broadway production of "Porgy & Bess" starring Audra MacDonald as well as the all black Broadway production of "A Street Car Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood. SimonSays Entertainment currently has two films at 2012 Sundance: "Mother of George" in the Dramatic competition & "Blue Caprice" in the NEXT category for Innovative Storytelling.
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Here’s a link to Ron Simons’ recent chat with Broadway World.
On today’s episode of BroadwayRadio's 'Tell Me More,' host Matt Tamanini speaks with one of the busiest Broadway producers working during the pandemic, Ron Simons. In addition to being the first Black producer in Broadway history to win four Tony Awards, Simons also has four shows that are circlin...
I've decided to embark upon a journey of better health. For me that includes exercise, nutritious meals and the right supplements that your body needs is the foundation for improved health, greater strength and endurance. Ron Simons Page is proud to be a member of the Shaklee team alongside Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner, who has dedicated her life to the health of the planet and it's inhabitants. Thank you for your contribution to the world and for being an inspiration to us all!
Wangari Maathai was an inspiration to thousands of Shaklee distirbutors and millions of people in Her native Kenya and around the world. We were honored to...
With the future of Broadway uncertain, actor and producer Ron Simons addresses how quarantine has altered his creative process and explains the trajectory of his career from software engineer to award-winning producer.
We at SimonSays cares about health and nutrition. Ron did the prove it challenge and lost 10 pounds and significantly lowered blood pressure with the blood pressure supplement! Why not take advantage of the MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and get on your way with better help? Don't leave improving your health for another day! If not now, when?
Do what you love, share what you're most passionate about, and earn real rewards. All through a simple system. Easy to learn and easy to teach. Prove It....
Great piece by our playwright Keenan Scott II of Thoughts of a Colored Man. This show?! you best get ready!
Black trauma demands and deserves creative expression, but our lives are about so much more than tragedy.
From the Culture Guru Brad Grossman...
Don't miss tomorrow's CULTURE CLASS!
As you know from my 18 Culture Classes, Covid has impacted every aspect of contemporary culture and society; it's not just a health epidemic but a CULTURAL EPIDEMIC. And this week in our Summer Semester Class #8/10, we shift to the entertainment business.
I am so grateful that 2 of the most influential creators have carved out some time from their super-busy schedules to enlighten us:
CEO/Chairman of Showtime and the Chief Creative Officer of CBS, David Nevins and
4-time TONY-winning Producer, Ron Simons (Ain't Too Proud Musical, Jitney, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway); the most for any African-American producer in history.
Want a cultural download and analysis on what this craziness all means? CEO/FOUNDER Brad Grossman will offer a special FREE CULTURE CLASS to anyone who wants to learn about what matters.
Thrilled that three of the Broadway shows we are producing are featured in the NYTimes! Thoughts of a Colored Man, Blue and For Colored Girls.
Calls for diversity grow louder, and there are shows in the pipeline. But many are being shepherded by newcomers, not the powerful industry regulars.
Ron Simons’ views on racism in America...
Show Politics: Meet Me in the Middle, Ep 30 - How to Have the Hard Discussions: Talking About Race in a Polarized Society with Dr. David Campt and Broadway Producer Ron Simons - Jul 10, 2020
This week, we are thrilled and thankful to have been recognized with the top honor in each of the 5 categories for which "for colored girls..." was nominated by the Antonyo Awards presented by Broadway Black. The first annual Antonyo Awards, announced this past Friday evening---coinciding with the Juneteenth holiday, were developed and are presented to recognize achievement among African American artists in all aspects of the Broadway, Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater industry.
Some clips from the ceremony:
Our own Sasha Allen starts the show with "Lift Every Voice And SIng" at:
Followed by an extremely entertaining virtual opener at:
Brava, and Congratulations to our winners:
Best Revival--"for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf"
Best Featured Actor in a Play Off-Broadway---Okwui Okpokwasili
Best Choreography---Camille A. Brown
Best Costumes----Toni Leslie James
Best Hair & Wig Design---Nikiya Mathis
Some of the work we are doing in theatre during the shutdown. Tune in!
The virtual performance of the Charles Randolph-Wright play, streamed exclusively on Playbill, will benefit The Classical Theatre of Harlem.
In case you missed it on Mother’s Day...
Blue, the new play directed by Phylicia Rashad, is celebrating Mothers' Day with a new video!
If you missed the Dateline article on my producing partner on Blue the Play Brian Moreland talking about Broadway and COVID-19, here it is.
Editors’ Note: With full acknowledgment of the big-picture implications of a pandemic that already has claimed thousands of lives, cratered global economies and closed international borders, Deadli…
Tune in tomorrow for YouTube live discussion at 2pm EST
“Theatre in the Time of Crisis” where CEO Ron Simons discusses the state of the theatre with Broadway producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld
The act of theatre is a living, breathing, in-person experience and it is like no other!
With the pandemic, theatre as we know it is no longer an option. The interactive element of theatre is what unifies us and brings us together. As a shared activity, a play or musical allows us to connect with the actors on the stage and with the audience. We laugh, we cry, we connect together. We are moved in some greater way together. We need that uplifting and cathartic experience now more than ever, and that isn’t available to us. So what can we do? Cheryl and industry professionals on the frontlines will tackle these issues.
Cheryl Wiesenfeld is the curator of the “Theatre That Changes Our World” series at the Quick Center, which focuses on documentary headlines pulled from the headlines: immigration, gun violence, #MeToo, and suicide. Next season we will focus on incarceration and how it affects not only on the incarcerated but those around them. Cheryl is a 4 time Tony award winner who produces both on and off Broadway.
Ron Simons is a five-time Tony Award-nominee and four-time Tony Award-winning producer, as well as a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer. He is the founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. www.simonsaysentertainment.com
quick sessions are tight, light and love curated programs designed to keep us connected, stimulated and excited in these challenging times
SimonSays proudly congratulates Camille A. Brown, Martha Redbone, Toni-Leslie James and The Public Theater for their Drama Desk nominations! Next up: Broadway (hopefully sooner than later)!
Outstanding Revival of a Play
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Public Theater
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Outstanding Music in a Play
Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
The 65th annual ceremony—now taking place virtually—will go on as scheduled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
We at SimonSays Entertainment are thrilled that the production of For Colored Girls that we are moving to Broadway was honored by these awards.
Outstanding Choreographer (Camille also nominated for Toni Stone)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Okwui Okpokwasili and Alexandria Wailes)
Outstanding Costume Design (Toni-Leslie James)
The Michael R. Jackson musical led the pack with seven nominations, while the Will Arbery play and Grace McLean’s musical In the Green (seen at LCT3) both received six nods.
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In case you missed the Arts & Leisure section of the NYTimes yesterday...
TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Limited Run! Come see the iconic Phylicia Ayers-Allen Rashad direct this play with music at the legendary Apollo Theater!
Buy Blue tickets from the official Ticketmaster.com site. Find Blue schedule, reviews and photos.
Why we do what we do at SimonSays Entertainment.
Stories don’t just entertain – they help enable communication, understanding and the possibilities for change, growth and learning. Producer and actor Ron Si...
I recommend you not miss this!
BLUE at the Apollo Theater
We are fully cast! Let the excitement begin!
Today, producers Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Eric Falkenstein, Mike Jackson and singer John Legend announced complete casting for Blue, a play by Charles Randolph-Wright and directed by Phylicia Rashad which will play a 16-week limited engagement at New York's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125t...
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This is a great loss for our industry. Margo was a creator and supporter of stories about we underrepresented communities. Just as we are trying to come to grips with the immense loss of the greatest basketball player who was from our community...
In an era when big-budget theater was an increasingly corporate affair, Ms. Lion was a proudly independent producer.
Broadway uptown! SimonSays: Do not miss this!
The previously announced revival of Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue, directed by Phylicia Rashad, will play a 16-week engagement at Harlam’s legendary Apollo Theater, with Tony winn…
GREAT NEWS!!! Time for more celebration!
Ain't Too Proud Musical broke the Imperial Theatre box office record AGAIN last week! ATP grossed $1,865,016.90 for week ending December 29, 2019 surpassing the house record that we set of $1,710,207.90 for week ending December 8, 2019.
SimonSays wishes you a year filled with joy, laughter, good health and prosperity. Let’s make a difference in 2020!
The classic 5!
In honor of the 55th anniversary of The Temptations’ “My Girl”, we brought our Ain't Too Proud Musical men to the New York subway to share a special cover of the legendary song!
A beautiful piece on one of amazingly talented ladies in For Colored Girls now at The The Public Theater.
Alexandria Wailes deftly weaves choreography and American Sign Language in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls.”
Wait, WHAAAAT!! Needless to say we are thrilled!
Many thanks for all the love you showed us Baltimore!
All remaining performances of Thoughts of a Colored Man are SOLD OUT!!! Thank you for your incredible support of this play! #BCSThoughts #BCSTOACM
Thrilled to have had our film close the #NewFest film festival last night! A beautiful film we hope you all get to see! It is Bolivia’s submission to the Academy Awards. So proud.
Rodrigo Bellott discusses his deeply personal film, which is this year's selection for Academy consideration from the South American nation.
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