'TAKING THE STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND STORIES THAT CHANGED AMERICA' REBROADCASTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, ON ABC
ABC rebroadcasts the all-star tribute celebrating the unveiling of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with a two-hour program of music, dance and the spoken word, "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America," airing WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (TV-PG, L) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/12/17)
The four-level museum, which opened on Sept. 24, 2016, is the only national museum solely dedicated to the documentation of African American life, history and culture. Influential entertainers who participated in its opening included Christina Aguilera, Alvin Ailey dancers, Patti Austin, Angela Bassett, Jon Batiste, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Caesar, Dave Chappelle, Chloe x Halle, Chuck D., Gary Clark Jr., Common, Cynthia Erivo, Fantasia, Jamie Foxx, Doug E. Fresh, Robert Glasper, Savion Glover, Dave Grohl with Trouble Funk, Herbie Hancock, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Elijah Kelley, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Janelle Monae, Ne-Yo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Chris Tucker, Usher, Jesse Williams, Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder.
World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe came together for the program at Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Designed to explore and celebrate African American contributions to the global landscape, the program featured film footage of iconic items from the museum's collections - items ranging from a plane used to train the famed Tuskegee airmen for World War II combat duty to a Bible owned by Nat Turner. The film is accompanied by music, dance and dramatic readings by a wide range of stage and screen actors. The executive producers were Don Mischer and Quincy Jones, along with Don Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. The production was filmed on Sept. 23, 2016, and originally broadcast on ABC nationwide on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
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About Don Mischer Productions
Don Mischer Productions (DMP) is an internationally acclaimed and universally respected producer of television and live events. Led by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel, along with Juliane Hare, DMP has consistently produced programs that share the best of the human experience, whether it be the work of our most acclaimed artists or the celebration of our most cherished monuments and greatest international events. They are at the forefront of their craft, with an eye to innovate and advance the art form. Some of their marquee productions include: We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center Honors, 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, Super Bowl halftime shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among others), the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games (Atlanta and Salt Lake City), and the 83rd, 84th and 85th Academy Awards. Other productions include the Billboard Music Awards, the groundbreaking Breakthrough Prize ceremony and specials featuring Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Bono, Prince, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand, among many others.