What a crazy few weeks it’s been. All good with work but I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath I’m glad to say.
So Tony Season is upon us and there are lot’s of events and shows to see. I hope you’ve selected your favorites. As many of you may know we normally throw a large Tony Award Viewing event but with the number of projects we have been working on we just didn’t feel we had the time. Yet here I am announcing that we will in fact be having an intimate viewing party at Billie’s Black in the Heart of Harlem on Sunday, June 10th, 2012. There is NO COVER CHARGE just show up and let’s enjoy the show. Oh did I mention that I created a signature cocktail for the evening…it’s called…”The Porgy & Bess”…you don’t want to miss that.
Also we are producing an All Male Vocalist show singing the music of the iconic Phyllis Hyman on Thur. June 28th, 2012 again at Billie’s Black. I would recommend making reservations for both shows in advance, Billie’s is an intimate venue and fills up fast.
Finally we are producing a reunion show that my business partner created 20 years ago in Los Angeles. So yes Black 2: Broadway is traveling to L.A. to present “Sean Hollingsworth’s Singer’s L.A.” on Thur. July 5th, 2012.
Those are just some of the projects we have been working on. Now you understand why it’s been such a crazy few weeks. I do want to point out that it hasn’t been all work and no play. We’d like to send a special thank you again to Ruth J. Morrison and What’s The 411? for bestowing upon Sean and I their Vanguard Award for our work on and off the Broadway Stage supporting performers of Color. It was truly an honor and thank you just doesn’t seem enough.
That’s it for now, enjoy the latest B2: Hotlist, make your reservations early and we’ll see you all behind the lights.
Storytellers…A Master Class Presents:
As part of the 6th Anniversary of Billie’s Black (http://www.billiesblack.com) in the heart of Harlem and the second season of “Storytellers…A Master Class”, 12 of NYC finest male vocalist take on the iconic Phyllis Hyman in a musical homage.
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 8:00PM
$20.00 In Advance
$25.00 At Door Day Of
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW…..
If you haven’t seen the Star Studded production of Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway, there is still time and trust me you will want to check it out for yourself. With an amazing cast starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wood Harris and a Black 2: Broadway favorite and supporter Jacinto Taras Riddick this production gives you that perfect Broadway experience. Don’t wait get your tickets now…..
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Celebrating Cheryl Byron, Pearl Primus
& Nina Simone
|This annual tribute concert celebrates the lives and legacies of three stalwarts of African American and African Caribbean Culture: Pearl Primus, Nina Simone and the founder of Something Positive, Cheryl Byron. Works include Michael Manswell’s Sweet Nina Suitehonoring Nina Simone, Pearl Primus’ The Wedding in celebration of her legacy, and Cheryl Byron’s signature choreographic work, Ancestral Chant.|
|Something Positive Presents: Cocktails & Conversations
A Fundraising Reception 6PM to 7:30PM
Hosted by author Akoshia Yoba and James Briggs-Murray. Special guests include Calypso King of the World The Mighty Sparrow and New York State Senator Kevin Parker. Music provided by the Nyasha Rhoden Steel Pan Quartet and DJ Keith. This reception introduces the Cheryl Byron Spirit Award. Recipients – Hazrah Ali, Gail Yvette-Davis, Charmaine Gumbs.
$30- Performance Only
$100- Performance and Reception
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Show Time: 8pm
Kumble Theater Box Office:
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
On Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16 (FREE). 12:00noon-6:00PM
The Cooperative Culture Collective in patrnership with Urban Bush Women Present…
The 12th Annual Fort Greene Brooklyn Juneteenth Arts Festival @ Cuyler Gore Park – C train to Lafayette Stop in Brooklyn
Host: CHARLES REESE ( This is my 6th Year Hosting)
MONDAY, JUNE 18 (FUNDRAISER)
John Jay College (Manhattan). 7:00 PM
Project1Voice Presents A Stage Reading of James Baldwin’s THE AMEN CORNER with Tony Winners: Lillias White, Adriane Lenox & Chuck Cooper. Tickets are $25 & $50. Visit: WWW.PROJECT1VOICE.ORG. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST! I am honored to be a Founding Partner/Consultant with this amazing cultural project which raises awareness and funds to preserve African American Theatres throughout the USA.
With that being said, please check out my recent YouTube link below for highlights from my James Baldwin Literary Performance Book Salon Project. Join me on facebook for updates at www.facebook.com/TheCharlesReeseExp.
As always you can pick up your copy of the newly published playbook by visiting: WWW.JAMESBALDWINASOULONFIRE.COM. The playbook has a foreword by DAVID LEEMING (Baldwin’s Biographer) and an afterword by Tony Award Nominee & Original Cast Member, FORREST MCCLENDON.
Lillias White, Chuck Cooper and Adriane Lenox Will Star in Benefit Reading of The Amen Corner
Part of P1V’s 2nd Annual 1 Voice, 1 Play, 1 Day, which will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the playwright’s passing, the evening will be hosted by 2012 Tony nominee Norm Lewis.
Walter Dallas will direct a cast that includes Tony winners Chuck Cooper,Lillias White and Adriane Lenox as well as Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hope Clark, Harriett D. Foy, Elain Graham, Ron Cephas Jones, Christopher Lane, Camilla Nichols, Patrick L. Riley, Jeffery V. Thompson, Flo Wiley and Cheryl Wills. The singing actors who will raise their voices in song under the supervision of Cary Gant are LaRita Gaskins, Kimberly JaJuan, Leonard Joseph, Monroe Kent III, Nillleili DaMone, Danette Sheppard-Vaughn and Virginia Ann Woodruff.
The National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI), New York City Chapter, will provide American Sign Language interpretation for the evening.
05 Jun 2012
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