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Tony Winner Ron Simons On Making A Difference On Broadway, Part I

Ron Simons

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Ron Simons, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.

Simons has over two decades of experience, five nominations and four Tony Awards to his credit, more than any other African-American Broadway producer in history. Simons, president and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, has been a pioneering force in bringing diversity to the stage and behind the scenes and in leading the effort to tell stories of African-American history, culture and experience.

Simons talks about why it’s important to tell African-American stories on Broadway; how he is increasing the pipeline of African-American producers and directors on the Great White Way; winning his first Tony; and his entertainment company.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., as well as weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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