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Black 2: Broadway will be featured this evening as the backdrop to BET’s new reality series “Harlem Heights”.  Tune in tonight at 10pm.


Don’t forget to get your tickets for my Birthday Show on Monday, April 6th @ 9:30pm at The Triad on W. 72nd.  I’m excited to be apart of this concert series and hope that you all can make it out.  I will be recording a live CD that evening so I need all the energy in the house as I can get.



A New Play written by actor Jerome Preston Bates
(Seven Guitars, All My Children, Fabulation)

Directed by Passion
This reading brings together the talents of actors

Ciera Payton (Flight of Fury, Midnight Bayou)
Gano Grills (OZ-Cadillac Records)
Johnnie Mae (Cadillac Records and Notorius)
Leopold Lowe,J.Alex Brinson, Richard Gallagher, Robert Motano and Fulton Hodges

March 16th at 7:30pm
The Ellington Room Manhattan Plaza
400 West 43rd street

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Celebration Theatre Honors Black History Month
For Immediate Release

Celebrating New Works at the Celebration Theatre presents MANY VOICES / OUR LIVES, a special reading series throughout February and March devoted to celebrating Black History Month and beyond. The series will present brand new works by Paul Oakley Stovall, Billy Porter, Jerome Augustus Parker, Donald Jolly, and L. Trey Wilson, each of which offer a different perspective on the gay, black American experience.  Every Wednesday in February, come down to the Celebration Theatre and hear one of these phenomenal new plays read. Stick around afterwards for a reception and a talkback with the artists. MANY VOICES / OUR LIVES will culminate in March with a special, one-night only staged reading of Billy Porter’s new play The Untitled Sex Project on March 20th. The series is entirely free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. You can make a reservation by emailing cnw@celebrationtheatre.com or calling (323) 957-1884. All readings are at 8pm.

Celebration Theatre is located at 7051-B Santa Monica Boulevard, one half block east of La Brea, diagonal from the West Hollywood Target Shopping Center.

~ The Program ~

March 20th – THE UNTITLED SEX PROJECT by Billy Porter
directed by Sheryl Kaller

Thomas is an African-American, gay, filmmaker with a condemnable sexual history that threatens to render him emotionally destitute and bankrupt forever. In an effort to move beyond the shame of his battle- scared past he decides to enlist the help of his four best friends to participate in a documentary-style experiment to try to unlock the key to closing the unspoken chasm of the modern day gay man’s relationship towards sex and intimacy. Finding the courage to navigate through this tumultuous, emotional terrain that is his fractured life, and learning to face and then embrace his demons, sets him on the path to forgiveness, redemption and the ultimate human need – LOVE.

Five African-American Gay friends try to navigate the highly charged emotional terrain between sex and intimacy.



FREE HealthCare for Musicians

Dear Friends of MusiCares and Musicians,
In these days of increased belt-tightening in the music industry and in the economy overall…….and with the cost of health-care so prohibitive, MusiCares’ New York office has decided to take some very proactive steps.  In the next month, we are offering some very specific and valuable services designed to help low-income musicians and other industry professionals stay healthy while working in the music business.
We hope that you will help us spread the word regarding the services below.  If you are able to pass this information on to your friends, constituents and music-industry associates, please do so in whatever way you can……via forwarding this email, posting these notices on your website, printing this email and distributing it to those in need of our help…..whatever you can do to help us help your music industry associates to receive these valuable services, free of charge.
The event “blurbs” are below:
FREE DENTAL CLINICS: March 12th and March 19th: MusiCares is providing basic exams, x-rays and cleaning to eligible, pre-screened and pre-scheduled clients.  Must be a music industry professional for at least 5 years, and have financial need for these services.  Services to be provided by American Mobile Dental van, parked outside of 20 W. 43rd (betw. 5th and 6th Aves) on each of those days. Call 212-245-7840 or 877-303-6962 for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.
FREE VOICE SCREENINGS: Saturday, April 4th, 9am to 4pm.  MusiCares, along with The NY Eye and Ear Infirmary Voice and Swallowing Institute and KayPentax are sponsoring FREE Voice Screenings for professional singers.  The screenings, normally costing up to $1000 will consist of a vocal use questionnaire, stroboscopic exam of the vocal folds, and physician examination.  Physicians and other specialists will diagnose any current problems, and provide information designed to assist the vocalist in maintaining an injury-free career.  Singers must provide professional credits and be pre-screened by MusiCares for eligibility in order to schedule an appointment.  Contact 212-245-7840 or email rsvp_mcny@grammy.com for more information.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give us in spreading the word about these valuable opportunities!
Erika A. Bustos, MBA
Health & Human Services Coordinator
11 W. 42nd Street, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.245.7840
Direct: 212.849.0310
Fax: 212.245.8130
Toll Free: 877.303.6962

Apollo Amateur Night, presented by the Coca-Cola Company, welcomes….


Tickets: In honor of our 75th Anniversary, there are 75 tickets for each Amateur Night show for just $7.50. These specially-priced tickets must be purchased from our Box office between 10AM-5:00PM on the day of the show, first come, first-served.  All other tickets: $17 and $27 via the box office or www.Ticketmaster.com/apollotheater

The Apollo Theater, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, presents Honor! A Celebration of the African American Legacy Festival: Panel Discussion on Spiritual and Gospel music.

Renowned soprano Jessye Norman will be joined on stage by author Derrick Bell, ethnomusicologist Portia Maultsby, actor Chapman Roberts, vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and composer Olly Wilson, for a wide-ranging conversation exploring the historical, political, and musical issues associated with Spirituals and Gospel.

Date: Saturday, March 21

Time:                  7PM

Tickets: $10

The Apollo Theater, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, presents Honor! A Celebration of the African American Legacy Festival:  A Celebration of the Spiritual and Gospel Music.

This program will trace the development of the Spiritual from its African roots, through solo vocal performances and choral arrangements as well as excerpts from Michael Tippett’s use of Spirituals in A Child of Our Time.  Following intermission, choirs from around New York City will join forces for a joyous celebration of gospel music. Music Director Ray Chew will be joined by gospel performers Abyssinian Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, Shari Addison, Shirley Caesar, Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Richard Smallwood, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir.

Date: Sunday, March 22

Time:                  5PM

Tickets: $20 for students, $45 for general public.

The Apollo Theater: It Started with Jazz (Part 1). Presented in collaboration with The Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Jazz for Curious Listeners series
The Apollo Theater is a testament to the great musical performers of the 20th century, regardless of genre; yet the connection between this venue and jazz is special since the Apollo was essential to the careers of jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Gloria Lynne (each of whom won our Amateur Night competition which helped launch their illustrious careers) and because the Apollo remains rooted to the living history of jazz.

Date: Tuesday, March 24

Time:                  7PM – 8:30PM

Tickets: N/A (FREE!) Reservations required via 212-348-8300 or http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/curious.html#register

Apollo Amateur Night Top Dog Competition presented by the Coca-Cola Company.

At this special edition of Amateur Night, winners of previous Amateur Nights compete for the title of “Top Dog.”

Date: Wednesday, March 25

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: In honor of our 75th Anniversary, there are 75 tickets for each Amateur Night show for just $7.50. These specially-priced tickets must be purchased from our Box office between 10AM-5:00PM on the day of the show, first come, first-served.  All other tickets: $17 and $27 via the box office or www.Ticketmaster.com/apollotheater

Salon Series Kick-Off Event: The Artists and Their Work

The Salon Series, the Apollo’s new-works incubation and performance series, is central in devising and testing new programs for the Theater. Presented on the Apollo’s Soundstage, the series provides an intimate setting for audiences to connect with artists and their work.  The Salon Series kicks off its season with a two-part opening event.  2009’s featured Salon Series artists will engage in a lively conversation about their work and share excerpts from upcoming performances.  A Late Night Jam follows, showcasing innovative artists under consideration for future Salon Series programs.

Date: Saturday, March 28

Time:                  8PM

Tickets: N/A (FREE!)  Limited seating.  Reservations required via 212-531-5349

Harlem Hallelujah

Led by the prominent New York City minister, Rev. Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook, this non-denominational event features singing, dancing, worship, interview testimonies from various leaders.

Date: Sunday, March 29.

Time: 11:00AM

Tickets: N/A (Free)

Salon Series: Will Power’s The Upper Room
This new work-in-progress is the third installment of a spoken-word performance trilogy that explores the sacredness and power of cultural and community gathering places.

Dates: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: $15

Urban Word NYC 11th Annual Teen Slam Grand Slam Finals

The best in young spoken word.

Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 7PM

Tickets: Teens: $12, Adults: $18.50

Salon Series: Jessica Care Moore’s God is Not An American
This work-in-progress uses poetry and music to explore the concept of God, race, the war in Iraq, genocide and other social and political issues.

Dates: Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: $15

Salon Series: Dana Leong’s Life After Dark
Electro-jazz cellist/composer Dana Leong, who fuses hip-hop, jazz and electronics, presents her work-in-progress:  intercultural music collaboration with several emerging artists.

Dates: Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: $15

Salon Series: Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song
In collaboration with the Classical Theater of Harlem, Van Peebles presents a staging of a work-in-progress musical that reinterprets his 1971 film of the same name.

Dates: Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: $15

AEG Live presents: Bonnie Prince Billy

Known for his “do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty”, Bonnie Prince Billy is notable for his unique voice and sound that has been likened to American folk, country, punk, and indie rock.

Date: Saturday, May 21

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $33.50

Marimo Music Inc. presents: Marion J. Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas

200 years of music.  10 genres (from “Puccini” to “Proud Mary”).  3 Divas.  2 shows.  1 date.  At the theater celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Date: Saturday, June 20

Time: 2PM & 8PM

Tickets: $30, $35, $40, $45, $50, $60

The 75th Anniversary Season is made possible by

The Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

All shows listed are at The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 unless otherwise noted.

Tickets for ticketed shows are available through the Apollo Theater Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com/apollotheater.


Calling all Musicians & Vocalists
Are YOU ready to tour with Diddy?
He’s recording his next album, “Last Train to Paris,” he’s looking for  an all-star band to back him up on tour, and YOU could be a part of it!

MAKING HIS BAND is looking for MALE & FEMALE MUSICIANS who play:


We’re also on the lookout for BACKUP SINGERS — MALE or FEMALE  superstars!

Guitar and bass, bring your instruments; drums, bring your sticks;  keyboards and singers, bring yourselves. We’ll provide the rest.


AUDITIONS START AT 10:00AM (Line starts at 7:00am)

LOS ANGELES: Saturday, March 7
3400 Winona Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

CHICAGO: Saturday, March 14
AVILA (formerly Club 720)
203 West Superior
Chicago, IL 60610

DETROIT: Saturday, March 21
MUSIC HALL – Center for the Performing Arts
350 Madison
Detroit, MI 48226

NEW YORK: Saturday, March 28
520 West 25th St. (Between 10th & 11th Ave)
New York, NY 10001

If you’re 18 or older and you think you’ve got what Diddy’s looking  for, come out and prove it!
You must be a U.S. CITIZEN or LEGAL RESIDENT to audition

Vickie Natale Live at the Emergenza Festival
The Bitter End

Wednesday, March 18 @ 8:30 PM
Vickie Natale Flier

147 Bleecker Street
(between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York City, NY 10012
Voice: (212) 673-7030

Send an email to vickienatale@gmail.com  or


$11 in Advance
$15 at the Door

See you there,
Vickie Natale


The Good Negro
Written by Tracey Scott Wilson
Directed by Liesl Tommy
at The Public Theater through April 19, 2009

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Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Francois Battiste, J. Bernard Calloway, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Erik Jensen, LeRoy McClain, Curtis McClarin, Rachel Nicks, Brian Wallace

Before there was change, there was Birmingham.

Straight from a sold-out run during our inaugural season of Public LAB, this gripping new play rips through the pages of history to uncover the human story at the heart of the 1960’s American Civil Rights Movement. In the increasingly hostile South, tensions build as a trio of emerging black leaders attempts to conquer their individual demons amidst death threats from the Klan and wire taps by the FBI. Through personal and intimate stories inspired by the political upheavals of the era, The Good Negro examines the human frailties behind the historic headlines. A co-production with Dallas Theater Center.

Discount Tickets!
$25* tickets for Preview Perfs. thru March 15. Use code GNPRVW.
$35* tickets for Perfs. March 18 – April 5 ONLY. Use code GNMKTG.
Call: 212-967-7555
In Person: The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette St. NYC.
Performance Schedule: Tuesday, March 3 – Sunday, April 19
Tuesday at 7pm | Wednesday – Friday at 8pm | Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 2pm | Added Performances: Sun 4/12 at 7pm, Sun 4/19 at 7pm | No Performance/Unavailable: Sat 3/7 at 2pm, Tues 3/10 at 7pm, Tues 3/17 at 7pm, Thurs 3/26 at 7pm | Post-show Discussions: Tues 3/24 & 3/31

For groups of 15+ contact
Marcia Pendelton/Walk Tall Girl Productions
646.467.7393 | wtggroupsales@aol.com


Now through March 22, 2009
The High Priestess of Dark Alley
Written and Directed by Jackie Alexander
Two sisters, one robbed of her sexuality, the other defined by it,
do battle with their domineering mother over the men they love.

Billie Holiday Theatre
Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Thur-Sat at 8pm; Sat at 3pm: Sun at 4pm
Tickets: $15 – $23 | Seniors 65 and over & children 15 and younger $12
ZERVE at 212-209-3370
For more information please visit:

Now through April 26, 2009
Zooman and the Sign

Written by Charles Fuller
Directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson

Ron Canada, Amari Cheatom,
Rosalyn Coleman, W Tre Davis,
Peter Jay Fernandez, Lynda Gravatt,
Jamal Mallory-McCree, Evan Parke
and Portia

All tickets $20!

Signature’s 2008-09 season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company concludes with Zooman and the Sign. A random act of violence devastates Reuben Tate’s family and scares their once caring community into silence. While young Zooman terrorizes the neighborhood, Reuben makes a dangerous appeal which may tear their world apart. This powerful drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller (A Soldier’s Play) depicts the horrifying aftermath of violence on a family and community.

Performance Schedule:
March 3 – April 26, 2009
Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm,
Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
Added shows Wed. March 18 at 2pm & Mon. March 23 at 8PM
No performances March 17 and 25

Signature Theatre Company
555 West 42nd Street (Between 10th & 11th Avenues)
212.244.Play or www.signaturetheatre.org

Previews Begin March 19, 2009
Strictly Limited Engagement
Lincoln Center Theatre presents
Written by August Wilson
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Broadway’s Belasco Theatre
111 W. 44th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
www.telecharge.com | 212.239.6300
For more information:




TELSEY + COMPANY will conduct an open casting call for the hit Broadway shows they represent at the upcoming FILM, STAGE & SHOWBIZ EXPO (“ShowBizExpo”) on Sunday March 29, 2009 from 10 AM – 6 PM, including:

In The Heights
Legally Blonde
South Pacific
The Color Purple
Catch Me If You Can
Addams Family
Ever After
Leap of Faith

For more info or to REGISTER TO ATTEND FOR FREE, visit www.TheShowBizExpo.com.


For more info or to REGISTER TO ATTEND FOR FREE, visit www.TheShowBizExpo.com.

BINDER Casting

Thirty Nine Steps
Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs/Broadway Bound
Quatermaine’s Terms
Lion King
A Chorus Line
Story of My Life
Encores! Season
Marvelous Wonderettes

The FILM, STAGE & SHOWBIZ EXPO (“ShowBiz Expo”) (www.TheShowBizExpo.com) is a FREE five-star event that brings everyone in the Entertainment Industry (performers, producers, directors, designers, company/general managers, crew, musicians, etc.) together under one roof. This event is FREE to attend.

ShowBiz Expo is the only event of its kind that simultaneously offers great exhibitors, industry workshops (ranging from producers panels to casting directors to festivals), HeadShot Lane, Movie Reel Showcase, Designer’s Showcase, Film Festival, Project Boards, Focus Groups, Round Table Networking, actual casting calls (TELSEY + COMPANY CONDUCTING TALENT SEARCHES FOR WICKED, RENT, HAIRSPRAY, LEGALLY BLONDE, SPIDER-MAN, ETC.), and networking opportunities in a professional all-entertainment related trade show venue.

For more info or to REGISTER TO ATTEND FOR FREE, visit www.TheShowBizExpo.com.




Miss Evers’ Boys
By David Feldshuh

Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams

Miss Evers' BoysSet during the 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Study, one of the most notorious medical secrets in American history, a nurse wrestles with her loyalty to the institute’s doctors while her band of patients finds the will to live through the power of music.

Featuring Jason Donnell Bush*, Evander Duck*, Alex C. Ferrill*, Garrett Lee Hendricks, Marty Austin Lamar, Nedra McClyde*, and David Pendleton*

Miss Evers Boys will be performed March 19-April 5, 2009, at the Shell Theatre located in the Times Square Arts Building at 300 West 43rd Street @ Eighth Avenue.

The production team includes direction by Melanie Moyer Williams, musical direction by Stephen Anthony Elkins, scenic design by Adrienne Kapalko, costume design by Ryan J. Moller, lighting design by Ryan Metzler, musical composition by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, piano performance by Laura Anderson, assistant direction by Caroline von Kuhn, and stage management by Laura Luciano.

The Shell Theater
Times Square Arts Center
300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10018
Map It

*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors Equity Association.
Equity Approved Showcase

-Artwork by Ashley Yaraghi


SOB’s, in conjunction with CHINAHBLAC (one of the creators of the hottest independent showcases in NYC, Sol Village hosted by Eric Roberson) of Fade2Blac Media presents “A Love Divine”. Sister to Sol Village, this monthly series features the forward movement of Major and Indi Gospel Aritsts from all over. “A Love Divine” where the Spirit flows, is hosted by the son of the “Godfather of Gospel Music”, Paul “DW” Wright. On March 17th,“A Love Divine” features (standing on her own two feet with a story to tell) “Natalie”, “Jules Bartholomew & JudaCamp”, plus other special guests. Known to most as the “Girl Director”, Natalie Wilson. This fearless visionary has come into her own and is now ready to tell us all about it. “Jules Bartholomew & JudaCamp” has been creating a remarkable buzz since their debut on BET’s 106 and Gospel so you not going to want to miss these up and coming trailblazers. This will be an experience the heart, mind, and soul will never forget!!!

Price: $15 adv/ $18door

If you love jazz, you’ll love this CD, support a dear friend of mine as he celebrates the release of his latest CD.
The album is available for purchase at: www.nathaneklund.com/store.html



The Riverside Church

Sponsored by Theatre of Oppressed/ Education Department

91 Claremont Ave. at 120th Street, NY NY



Off-Broadway Play,

Sunday May 31st, 2009 1:00pm

“The Exchange”

A story of wealth, fame, prominence, love, secrets, betrayal and redemption

Written and Directed by Nickolas Long, III

Performed by all new repertory & regional ensemble,

Josiah Theatre Works 

Come and see the premier preview of the dramatic stage play with dance and music,

“The Exchange” written and directed by Nickolas Long, III. Witness the compelling story of a fictional wealthy black family whose secrets tear them and their loyal friends apart, who all serve in the family dynasty. Set in the late 1920’s in the fictional city, “Zion City” the play also pays tribute to the famous Harlem Renaissance. Performed by the Harlem, NY based  repertory and regional theatre ensemble, future stars of acting, dance and music , Josiah Theatre Works, sponsored in partnership with Theatre of Oppressed/ Education Dept. of the Riverside Church.


Preview Premier: Sunday May 31st, 2009 1:00pm

*Donations Only*

Venue: The Riverside Church , 10T 91 Claremont Avenue at 120th street


*Riverside members, staff reserve your seats early for May 31st*

Contact (347) 291-6289 or (212) 870-6840 or (347) 581-5822

“The Exchange”

June 2009

Showing Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday of June 2009


Samuels Temple

75 E. 125th Street  NY NY 10035


Tickets: $22.00 Seniors and Students $15.00 Groups of 10 or more $15.00

To Purchase and Reserve Tickets Contact,

(347) 291-6289 or (347) 581-5822 Book “The Exchange” for your organization! Contact us.







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