SimonSays Entertainment

SimonSays Entertainment SimonSays Entertainment seeks to Tell Every StoryTM via film, stage & TV with the hottest young talent from, and about, under-represented communities.
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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.

If you missed the Dateline article on my producing partner on Blue the Play Brian Moreland talking about Broadway and CO...
04/23/2020
Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: Producer Brian Moreland, Phylicia Rashad And John Legend Were Set To Take Broadway To The Apollo, And Then The Pandemic Arrived

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.

https://deadline.com/2020/04/coping-with-covid-19-crisis-brian-moreland-blue-apollo-producer-boundaries-broadway-1202912175/

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…

04/22/2020
Quick Sessions Live - “Theatre in the Time of Crisis” With Cheryl Wiesenfeld 4/23 @ 2PM

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

https://youtu.be/MKTN3bBIPpo

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:

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:

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 Dra...
04/21/2020
2020 Drama Desk Nominations: Soft Power, The Wrong Man Lead the Pack in Condensed Season | Playbill

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

Outstanding Choreography

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

https://www.playbill.com/article/2020-drama-desk-nominations-soft-power-the-wrong-man-lead-the-pack-in-condensed-season

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 h...
04/15/2020
Playwrights Horizons Leads 2020 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations With Strange Loop and Heroes of the Fourth Turning | Playbill

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 Revival
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)

http://bway.ly/lfgw2p#https://www.playbill.com/article/playwrights-horizons-leads-2020-lucille-lortel-award-nominations-with-strange-loop-and-heroes-of-the-fourth-turning

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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03/02/2020

SimonSays Entertainment's cover photo

In case you missed the Arts & Leisure section of the NYTimes yesterday...
03/02/2020

In case you missed the Arts & Leisure section of the NYTimes yesterday...

We are fully cast!   Let the excitement begin!https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Gabriel-Brown-Chauncey-Chestnut-and-...
02/13/2020
Gabriel Brown, Chauncey Chestnut and More Join BLUE at the Apollo Theater; Complete Casting Announced

We are fully cast! Let the excitement begin!

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Gabriel-Brown-Chauncey-Chestnut-and-More-Join-BLUE-at-the-Apollo-Theater-Complete-Casting-Announced-20200211

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...

This is a great loss for our industry.   Margo was a creator and supporter of stories about we underrepresented communit...
01/27/2020
Margo Lion, Producer of ‘Hairspray’ and More, Dies at 75

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...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/25/theater/margo-lion-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

In an era when big-budget theater was an increasingly corporate affair, Ms. Lion was a proudly independent producer.

GREAT NEWS!!!  Time for more celebration!Ain't Too Proud Musical broke the Imperial Theatre box office record AGAIN last...
01/01/2020

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!
01/01/2020

SimonSays wishes you a year filled with joy, laughter, good health and prosperity. Let’s make a difference in 2020!

12/21/2019
Ain't Too Proud Musical

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!

Wait, WHAAAAT!!   Needless to say we are thrilled!
11/20/2019

Wait, WHAAAAT!! Needless to say we are thrilled!

Many thanks for all the love you showed us Baltimore!
11/10/2019

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!...
10/30/2019
Could 'Tu Me Manques,' a Bolivian Film on Gay Suicide, Win an Oscar?

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.

In case you were wondering what extraordinary theater SimonSays has marching it’s way to Broadway... https://dcmetrothea...
10/21/2019
‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ reveals universal truths at Baltimore Center Stage - DC Metro Theater Arts

In case you were wondering what extraordinary theater SimonSays has marching it’s way to Broadway...
https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2019/10/18/thoughts-of-a-colored-man-reveals-universal-truths-at-baltimore-center-stage/

Thoughts of a Colored Man is a poetic journey through the lives of seven Black men over the course of a day in Brooklyn, New York. Playwright Keenan Scott II has written, and Steve H. Broadnax III has directed a show that is both narrative and poetry, depressive and comic, without being preachy. In....

As we join the nation in mourning the loss of one of the great stalwarts of justice in the country, we have not lost sig...
10/17/2019
Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68

As we join the nation in mourning the loss of one of the great stalwarts of justice in the country, we have not lost sight of the fact that our show Thoughts of a Colored Man opens at Baltimore Center Stage this very night. Every member of our TOACM sends our deepest condolences to the family of Representative Elijah E. Cummings who represented the very community where our play runs with such grace, dignity and endless pursuit of justice. God’s speed and reverent appreciation for all you have done for your community and this nation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/elijah-cummings-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

A son of sharecroppers, he fought tirelessly for his hometown, Baltimore, and became a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump.

SimonSays Entertainment
10/17/2019

SimonSays Entertainment

After the most unbelievable, rewarding and beautiful months we have experienced since winning Best Screenplay at OUTFEST...
10/03/2019
Tu Me Manques (Closing Night Film & Party) - NewFest

After the most unbelievable, rewarding and beautiful months we have experienced since winning Best Screenplay at OUTFEST in July and opening the film in Bolivia, as many of you know, we are now the Bolivian selection for the 92nd Academy Awards's "Best Foreign film" this February 2020.

We start our campaign this month and as part of that comes our New York Premiere, which coincides with the honor of being the Closing Night Gala for NewFest, New York's 31st LGBTQ Film Festival.

NewFest tickets are exclusively sold for that Gala by NewFest and include entry to the Party afterwards. I hope you can join us on this important celebration with our cast and crew.

Tickest here:
https://newfest.org/film/tu-me-manques/

Thank you for your support always and look forward to seeing you on the red carpet!!!

NewFest is New York's LGBT Film & Media Arts Organization. Founded in 1988, NewFest presents year-round screenings and events that include New York’s annual

What we’re bringing to Broadway in the 2019/2020 season.   Needless to say we couldn’t be more thrilled.  https://blueon...
07/26/2019
Blue

What we’re bringing to Broadway in the 2019/2020 season. Needless to say we couldn’t be more thrilled.
https://blueonbroadway.com/

Phylicia Rashad directs this highly entertaining Broadway play by Charles Randolph Wright, with a score by Nona Hendryx. Visit the official site.

06/28/2019
Jeb Brown on BEAU and Pride month!

How is SimonSays celebrating Pride? Announcing our new Broadway-bound musical with two lead gay characters with an original funk/folk score!
Uplifting, inspirational and fun!
https://youtu.be/H7zLhCZpQqg

Jeb Brown will star in the title role of our new musical BEAU at the Adirondack Theatre Festival this summer, August 3th-9th! Listen to him talk about the im...

Tony Night.  Oh what a night at the Tony Awards 2019!
06/12/2019

Tony Night. Oh what a night at the Tony Awards 2019!

Look who I ran into at my local Fika coffeehouse just now, the night after she and Oprah came to see Ain't Too Proud Mus...
05/17/2019

Look who I ran into at my local Fika coffeehouse just now, the night after she and Oprah came to see Ain't Too Proud Musical.

Bravo Ephraim M. Sykes!
05/16/2019
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Bravo Ephraim M. Sykes!

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***TUNE IN ALERT*** Tune in to the "TODAY" Show on NBC tomorrow, Monday, April 29th in the 8AM and 10AM (ET) hours to wa...
04/29/2019
Heard it on TODAY? - TODAY.com

***TUNE IN ALERT***

Tune in to the "TODAY" Show on NBC tomorrow, Monday, April 29th in the 8AM and 10AM (ET) hours to watch performances by the Classic 5 Temptations of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.

The "TODAY" Show airs nationally across all NBC affiliates, and on WNBC Channel 4 in New York City.

For more information, and to check your local listings, please visit https://www.today.com/on-the-show.

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