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18/04/2012

B2: Hotlist! #63

Greetings Community,

The weather is warming up and so are some great shows this season.  I’m happy to let you know of some of those shows below.  As I always say please make your reservations in advance, this helps more than you know.  Finally feel free to pass this information on to your individual lists and social media’s and I’ll see you all behind the lights.

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

http://about.me/kevinanthony

Come check out the gifted vocalist, Vivian Sessom this coming Sunday, April 22nd 8:30pm at Feintein’s.  Vivian is such an electrifying performer and I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage with her as a special guest.  So come on out to a beautiful room, hear some gorgeous music and let’s have a great time.

Vivian Sessoms

Artist photo

Gig Alert! Vivian Sessoms at FEINSTEINS!

OH, YOU FANCY HUH?

Trying new things is a good thing..
I’ve been seeing some really great looking e-mails and e-flyers lately and I’ve wondered how people were making their emails look so fly.. Now I know 😉 I should have tried this a long time ago, but kept putting it off because I thought it would be difficult and I didn’t have time for difficult. Well, it was easy, in fact so easy, I thought I’d send you guys an update to let you know what’s going on over here in Viv-land.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

First off, got a show coming up, in fact a few shows coming up this year. The next one will be at Feinsteins. I did a show here last year, and it was amazing, so I’m going back for round two!

Feinsteins Flyer

FEINSTEINS at LOEWS REGENCY
Sunday, April 22nd – 8:30pm
Park Avenue and 61st Street, NY. NY

Premium Seating – $35. *(with additional $25. minimum)
Regular Seating – $25. *(with additional $25. minimum)

THE INCREDIBLE BAND:
Chris Parks – upright, electric bass, acoustic guitar
Mike Mancini – piano, keys
Noam Dworman – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, vocals
Eric Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
Jeff Pierce – trumpet

Click here for tickets

Click here for the Feinsteins website

NEW MUSIC!

Looking at summer release for the new record and man, I am SO excited!! It really has been a long time coming, much too long, so stay tuned.

NEW VIDEOS!

Just put a bunch of new videos on Youtbe. You can check them out here!

Vivians Youtube page

INDIE ARTISTS!

Check out my new Indie Artists page, where I feature the works of artists I love, from musicians to painters to designers, etc.

That’s all for now, but there’s lots of exciting news coming soon, so tune in and we hope to see you at Feinsteins!
Thank you for supporting independent music, and remember, music can change the world.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Vivian

www.viviansessoms.com

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This is a piece that my very good friend Torian Robinson is producing.  Please come out and support this powerful work of art.  A piece that asks questions and continues to explore answers…

Additionally, they are in the process of fundraising for the show.  http://www.indiegogo.com/helpany1man

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Benji

Feature Documentary

Directed by: Coodie and Chike

World Premiere

BOX OFFICE

Single tickets are now on sale! Check the Box Office for more details. Download a PDF of the 2012 Film Guide.

SYNOPSIS

In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city’s fabled South Side, and America’s top high school basketball prospect. Nicknamed “Magic Johnson with a jump shot,” Wilson’s natural talents and drive assured his best years were yet to come. Then, in November of his senior year, the career of this exceptional youngster was abruptly and tragically cut short. Ben’s grim fate sent ripples of horror through the city and the country.

Best known for their visionary music videos for such superstars as Kanye West and Mos Def, filmmakers Coodie and Chike bring viceral sophistication to a narrative that feels as raw today as it did 28 years ago. Told through awe-inspiring footage of his high school glory days along with candid interviews with teammates, coaches, family, and friends, Benji is a stirring portrait of a phenom admired both on the court and off.

–Paige Blake

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Isisara Bey, Journey Agent
April 11, 2012 Dear Friends,

The journey continues April 21st with the next Saturday Morning Meeting in our Spring series.
I hope you can join us.

Click Here To Register Online

Sincerely,

Isisara Bey,
Journey Agent

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05/03/2012

Storytellers…Celebrates Women’s Month

Filed under: Uncategorized — b2productions @ 12:32 pm

We are gearing up for “Storytellers…Celebrates Women’s Month” on Friday March 30th 8pm at Billie’s Blackin Harlem. We have a fantastic line-up of some of NYC’s best female vocalists paying tribute in song to Top Charting Female Artists born in the month of March. Make your reservations today it’s going to be one of those shows…

03/03/2012

“Storytellers…Celebrates Women’s Month”

Filed under: Uncategorized — b2productions @ 7:42 am

We are gearing up for “Storytellers…Celebrates Women’s Month” on Friday March 30th 8pm at Billie’s Blackin Harlem. We have a fantastic line-up of some of NYC’s best female vocalists paying tribute in song to Top Charting Female Artists born in the month of March. Make your reservations today it’s going to be one of those shows…

16/01/2012

Our New Real Estate Venture

Greetings Community,

I’m excited to let you know about a new business venture we are embarking on.  Over the last several years, many of you have contacted me either looking to purchase/rent property or to inform me that you have property available.  We’re pleased that we have been able to assist some of you in  finding your new homes etc.   

As a result of this unexpected twist in our day to day operations, we have teamed up with Real Estate Agent Kevin Ryan-Young of Bond New York Properties (http://www.bondnewyork.com).

So, if you or someone you know is looking to rent/purchase a new home or have property you would like to sell or rent, please contact me and together with Kevin Ryan-Young we will get you into the perfect home and/or find you the perfect buyer.  I look forward to hearing from you and visiting properties together. 

We guarantee you a professional and pleasant experience, so give me a call or drop me a line and be certain to pass this a long to your friends and associates. 

In the meantime here is a link to an exclusive property at 110th and Manhattan Ave.
 
http://bondnewyork.com//page.cfm?page=details&id=131036
 
See you all behind the lights! 
 
As Always,
Kevin-Anthony
347.832.2299
 

10/01/2012

B2: Hotlist! #62

Greetings Community,

The season is off to a great start.  I have been receiving so much information about upcoming shows that I don’t know how I’m going to see everything.  Some of those shows are listed below.  Please be certain to make your reservations early and see as many of these shows as you can.  Also don’t forget to share this list with your own circle of friends and peers.  And if you know of any shows/events coming up please feel free to forward those to me, this list is about you.  Let’s plan to support as many shows, Artists etc that we can.  Make your reservations early and I will see you all behind the lights.

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

http://about.me/kevinanthony

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After three years LEE TRUESDALE & “The ScreamBoyze” return By Popular Demand, to the infamous TRIAD THEATRE on Sunday,
January 15, 2011 @ 7:30pm.
The indefatigable Lee Truesdale promises not to dissapoint in this New Year, with a New Look, and a New CD.
In this production prepare to be wowed by a special performance from the incredible “ScreamBoyze”, Steven “Tunes” Anderson,
Gary E. Vincent, and Isarel Walker.
Doors open @ 7:00pm. Also special gifts for some lucky fans.
Musical Direction by – Anna Caldwell.
Advance Tickets: $15.00 @ The Door: $20.00
For Tickets & Reservations Please Contact…
“Brown Paper Tickets” @ 800 838-3006,
http://www.triadnyc.com/, 212 362-2590
www.leetruesdale.net
2 Drink Minimum / Cash Only Bar
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You and a Guest Are Invited

To a Rare New York Performance

TONI SEAWRIGHT

LIVE: ONE NIGHT ONLY

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sugar Bar

254 West 72nd Street

(between Broadway and West End Avenue)

New York, New York 10023

6:00 p.m.

Doors Open for Dinner

8:00 p.m. Sharp

Showtime

$10.00 Cover Charge

2 Drinks Minimum

(All Major Credit Cards Accepted)

Make your reservations NOW,

please call the Sugar Bar at 212.579.0222 or visit:

 http://www.opentable.com/sugar-bar-reservations-new-york?rid=75583&restref=75583

 For further information, please email:

GwendolynQuinn@aol.com

 Toni Seawright Live: One Night Only Produced by

Toni Seawright and Gwendolyn Quinn

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Thurs, Jan 12: Steve James visits STF with the most acclaimed documentary of last year THE INTERRUPTERS (see the Monday Memo for more).

Now is the time to buy a STF Season Pass and get all 10 films below for $100 ($80 for IFC members), plus free popcorn at all STF shows, and a free DVD from Docurama. To purchase, follow the ticket links below.

The Interrupters
THE INTERRUPTERS

PRE-SEASON SPECIAL

THURSDAY Jan. 12 @ 8pm

Q&A with director Steve James     

Hoop Dreams director Steve James delivers another non-fiction epic set on the streets of Chicago, following an organization called CeaseFire, comprised largely of former gang members who are trying to break the cycle of urban violence. James, teaming up with producer Alex Kotlowitz, author of the acclaimed book There Are No Children Here, immerses us into a world that feels like a real-life version of The Wire.

Buy tickets or season pass here (click on 8:00pm)    

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Do not miss AZIZA this month………

Tuesday – January 10, 17, 24 & 31 – NUTTIN’ BUT THE BLUES   

BACK BY POPULALR DEMAND!!!!!!!!
 

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Legendary “Lady Marmalade” member of Labelle performs new solo show
Jan. 14 – Feb. 18 at Laurie Beechman Theatre

Buy tickets HERE

Legendary singer Sarah Dash presents her new cabaret show “Sarah Dash: One Woman” monthly at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. The show will include songs from throughout her career, as well as songs new to her repertoire, accompanied by reminiscences and anecdotes about some of the people she has worked alongside. She will be accompanied by pianist Lanny Meyers. Tickets are $25 in advance / $30 at the door (if available). To purchase advance tickets call 212-352-3101 or visitwww.SpinCycleNYC.com. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located inside the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42 Street.  A full dinner menu and a full bar are available; there is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.  Doors open one hour before show time. Transportation: all trains/buses to Port Authority/Times Square.

Upcoming performance dates are as follows:
• Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm
• Saturday, February 18 at 7:30pm


With a career spanning almost 50 years, in her teens Sarah Dash formed the Del Capris, a vocal group which later merged with another group to form Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, noted for hits like “I Sold My Heart to the Junk Man.” The group morphed into Labelle, a futuristic trio comprised of Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah, which from 1971 to 1977 released iconic records like “Lady Marmalade.” As a solo artist, Sarah Dash has had success across many genres, from disco (“Sinner Man”) to inspirational/gospel (her recent album “The Seventh Child”). She has sung with some of the greatest names in pop, rock and R&B, among them The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Marshall Tucker Band, Laura Nyro, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett and Bo Diddley. She has appeared on shows with hundreds of renowned recording artists – from Keith Richards to Stevie Wonder.  Sarah Dash’s website is www.SarahDash.net.

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Join HSA for their Spring Open House and Registration Day January 14th 9am-4pm!

It is a great opportunity to introduce new families and friends to HSA.  They will be featuring the wide array of quality-arts programs offered in music, dance, theatre and visual arts: Photography, Teen Shakespeare, New! Early Childhood Program for ages 2 – 3, Musical Theatre classes, Ballet, Children’s Choir, Adult Dance & Fitness classes and much more.  Enjoy special performances by talented HSA students at 12noon, sign up for a free class, meet their staff and world-renowned faculty, observe ongoing classes, and tour the facilities.  It’s a great day to discover HSA!

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Best Docs of the African Diaspora International Film Festival

Jan. 13 – Jan. 15, 2012

The African Diaspora Film Festival 2011 – held in Manhattan between Nov. 23 to Dec. 13 – showcased a selection of documentaries that impressed both the audiences and the press. Diverse in subject matter, approaches and styles, these documentaries made ADIFF 2011 a very interesting event. 

Filling The Gap by Tyrone Young, is a film about the incredible contribution made by African-Americans to the American nation in the early parts of the19th century;The Storm That Swept Mexico is a well-documented documentary about one of the most important revolution of the 20th century; Menelik Shabazz, in his incredible work The Story of Lovers Rock, describes how Black Brits defined an identity trough song and dance. These are some of the remarkable works that appeared in ADFF 2011 to be showcased, with other documentaries, from January 13th to the 15th as part of the Best Docs of ADIFF 2011 series to be held at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street – 263 Grace Dodge. 

BEST DOCS OF ADIFF 2011 

ADIFF 2011 OPENING NIGHT FILMTHE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK     Friday, January 13 @ 7PM  Saturday, January 14@ 6PM   
THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO Saturday, January 14 @ 1:30PM     
 THE FIRST RASTASaturday, January 14 @ 4PM     
 OUR GENERATIONSaturday, January 14 @ 8PM     
FILLING THE GAP  Sunday, January 15 @ 2PM   
THE BIG BANANA  Sunday, January 15 @ 4PM   
Winner, ADIFF 2011 Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color
A LOT LIKE YOU 
Sunday, January 15 @ 6PM
   

WHAT: BEST DOCS OF ADIFF 2011

WHEN: January 13 – 15, 2012

WHERE: 

Teachers College, Columbia University

 525 West 120th Street – Room 263 Macy

 Train 1 to 116th Street

 FREE PARKING on weekends

Photo ID required to enter the building

Ticket price: $11, $9 for seniors and students

Tel: (212) 864-1760 

 Buy $50 Weekend Pass Online HERE 

Buy tickets for a specific show HERE 

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Music From China
PRISM Quartet
 
World Premieres by
Bright Sheng, Fang Man, Huang Ruo, Lei Liang
 
Music From China and the PRISM Quartet reunite after their groundbreaking 2009-10 tour and CD release (Antiphony, innova records), hailed by Chamber Music magazine for “shattering expectations” and “pioneering achievements of the highest order.” This time around, MFC and PRISM present world premiere performances of four new works for saxophones, traditional Chinese instruments (erhu, sheng, pipa, yangqin), and percussion by celebrated Chinese-born American composers in a program exploring the dynamic relationship between Eastern and Western, contemporary and ancient cultures.
 
Music From China
  Wang Guowei, erhu/zhonghu
  Chen Yihan, pipa
  Helen Yee, yangqin
  Frank Cassara, percussion
PRISM Quartet
  Matt Levy, tenor saxophone
  Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone
  Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone
  Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone
Guest artists:
  Hu Jianbing, sheng; Nové Deypalan, conductor
 
Program
Bright Sheng: The Singing Gobi Desert
Fang Man: Dream of a Hundred Flowers
Huang Ruo: The Three Tenses
Lei Liang: Messages of White
 
Friday, February 3, 2012 @ 8 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
154 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: 212-247-7800;
www.carnegiehall.org
$20 general admission; $10 students/seniors (with ID)
 

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Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century Tuesday, January 17, 2012 , 6:30 PM Dwyer Cultural Center
 

 

6:30 PM

Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century

Explore the basics of effective grant-writing. This workshop is designed to help artists and arts administrators build the strongest case for their projects to public and private funding sources. Workshop will focus on developing clear project outlines; budget presentation and researching grant/funding sources.

Presenter: Shoshanah D Goldberg, MBA, Management Consultant for Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Sponsorship & Cultural Policy Analysis

Location: Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, enter on West 123 Street

 

04/01/2012

B2: Hotlist! #61

Greetings Community,

Happy New Year to you all, sending you love and light that 2012 will be a great year for everyone.  The following will serve as the 1st Blog of 2012, can’t believe we are here but we are.  There are already great shows lined up, some have been running and some will be opening soon.  Let’s plan to support as many shows, Artists etc that we can.  Make your reservations early and I will see you all behind the lights.

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

http://about.me/kevinanthony

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Coincidents is the final opera by renowned composer, improviser, and violinist/violist Leroy Jenkins. Through song, documentary footage, interviews, and video art, the opera explores whether two people from radically different worlds — Jenkins, a son of the Great Migration who grew up in the hustle of Chicago, and Griffin, who grew up in Wales during the German air raids of WWII — could possibly be related.

Jenkins and Griffin use the lens of personal biographic details to look at universal issues of human identity and the great diasporas of history and the present day, the assumption or infliction of a new identity as a necessary adaptation to place, and the search for sustaining connections — to our ancestors and to each other.

Coincidents, A New Opera
Music: Leroy Jenkins

Libretto & Video: Mary Griffin
Graphics, Video & Video Design: Hisao Ihara
Musical Direction/piano: Myra Melford
Vocal Direction: Chris Berg
Singers: Diana Solomon Glover, Steven Herring, Robert Hughes, Peter Stewart

Performance Schedule
Saturday, Jan 5 @ 7pm
Sunday, Jan 6 @ 7pm
Monday, Jan 7 @ 7pm
Tuesday, Jan 8 @ 7pm
Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 7pm

Tickets: $10 or complimentary for APAP* participants.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at Third Avenue, Brooklyn

For tickets, more information and map: www.roulette.org /917.267.0368

APAP conference participants should rsvp directly to providenceprod@gmail.com. For travel arrangements, please contact Amy Cassello at 203-510-8420.

2/3/4/5/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal or A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerman.

*For more information about APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) and its 2012 conference in NYC, Jan 6-10, visit www.apapnyc.org.

Production support for Coincidents is provided by Providence Productions International, a 501(c)3 organization which solicits and administers grants from private and public agencies and tax-free contributions from individual donors. Providence Productions, Inc. 115 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

THIS PRESENTATION IS SCHEDULED TO LAST 40 MINUTES.

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ANDY MILNE & DAPP THEORY

Andy Milne – piano/keyboards/vocals
Aaron Kruziki – reeds/vocals, John Moon – poet
Chris Tordini – bass/vocals
Kenny Grohowski – drums/guitar

Saturday, January 7th
8:45pm – 9:35pm
WinterJazzFest – The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St. (between Thompson & La Guardia Pl)

WinterJazzFest Ticket info:
One Day pass = $35 / Two Day pass = $45
www.dapptheory.com

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Thurs, Jan 12: Steve James visits STF with the most acclaimed documentary of last year THE INTERRUPTERS (see the Monday Memo for more).

Now is the time to buy a STF Season Pass and get all 10 films below for $100 ($80 for IFC members), plus free popcorn at all STF shows, and a free DVD from Docurama. To purchase, follow the ticket links below.

The Interrupters
THE INTERRUPTERS

PRE-SEASON SPECIAL

THURSDAY Jan. 12 @ 8pm

Q&A with director Steve James     

Hoop Dreams director Steve James delivers another non-fiction epic set on the streets of Chicago, following an organization called CeaseFire, comprised largely of former gang members who are trying to break the cycle of urban violence. James, teaming up with producer Alex Kotlowitz, author of the acclaimed book There Are No Children Here, immerses us into a world that feels like a real-life version of The Wire.

Buy tickets or season pass here (click on 8:00pm)    

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Do not miss AZIZA this month………

Tuesday – January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 – NUTTIN’ BUT THE BLUES   

BACK BY POPULALR DEMAND!!!!!!!!
 

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Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century Tuesday, January 17, 2012 , 6:30 PM Dwyer Cultural Center
 

 

6:30 PM

Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century

Explore the basics of effective grant-writing. This workshop is designed to help artists and arts administrators build the strongest case for their projects to public and private funding sources. Workshop will focus on developing clear project outlines; budget presentation and researching grant/funding sources.

Presenter: Shoshanah D Goldberg, MBA, Management Consultant for Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Sponsorship & Cultural Policy Analysis

Location: Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, enter on West 123 Street

08/12/2011

B2: Review – Stick Fly

Greetings Community,

So I had the pleasure to see Stick Fly with our new Blogger: Joseph Riley Land and let me say what a treat it was.  Even more so for me because I didn’t have to worry about writing this review, but I digress.  Stick Fly opens tonight, Thursday December 8th 2011 @ the Cort Theatre.  Get your tickets now, wether it’s for yourself or as a Holiday gift and I will see you all behind the lights!

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

Review by Joseph Riley Land:

“I must be seen.” That’s a line from the last scene of playwright Lydia R. Diamond’s searing new Broadway offering, Stick Fly, and it resonates throughout the Cort Theatre. It resonates in my ears, days after seeing the play. It… resonates. In a world where the concept of the nuclear family is shattered, ideas of race, class, identity, love and the infrastructure of the Black Family come into question. The play, which has been dancing around off-Broadway since 2006, is set to open Thursday, December 8, directed by Broadway veteran Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Fences).

The opening scene establishes very quickly, and very certainly, that the LeVay family is extremely wealthy. Not nouveau riche; they come from old money and the family continues to do well, with Dr. Joseph LeVay (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) heading the family. His son Flip (Mekhi Phifer in his Broadway debut) is a plastic surgeon and his other son, Kent (Dulé Hill) is… well, well-educated, with numerous degrees under his belt, but no real job to back them up. He does have, however, a finished manuscript for his first novel. It’s a long weekend in the summer of 2005 and the LeVay boys bring their significant others (Rosie Benton playing Flip’s girlfriend Kimber and Tracie Thoms playing Kent’s fiancé Taylor) to visit the family in Martha’s Vineyard. Not Oak Bluffs, the Black enclave in the Vineyard, but the ritzy White side of the island – a point that is driven home to, once again, clarify that these are rich folks. Rounding out the cast is Condola Rashad in the role of Cheryl.

Overall, the cast does an excellent job, working with extremely well-written material. Hill starts out a bit stiff, but as the play progresses, he seems to ease into the rhythm. Phifer, too, at times seems stiff, but seems to have a firmer grasp. Santiago-Hudson plays his role with such ease, one would think he had played Joe LeVay for years, not days. Benton, on the other hand, has played the role of Kimber before and it shows. In what would stereotypically be a formulaic role (she’s the white girlfriend), Benton fleshes out her character, making her quite different than popular culture has taught us to expect from such a role. The heart of the play, however, is the duality of Thoms’ and Rashad’s characters, both outsiders; one trying to fit in and the other not already there. Both women give bravura performances, one hyperactive and the other nuanced.

Race matters are bandied about, but this play is primarily about class and identity. Look no further than the tone used when speaking to Cheryl (the daughter of the family’s long-time maid). Both Joseph and Flip are clear on the hierarchy when addressing her and poor Taylor cannot seem to get it right and comes across condescending even when she thinks she’s trying to be helpful. And, even more clearly, each character clarifies their invisibility, their lack of identity. Joe is living in his wife’s family’s home, and well-aware that it will never be known as “the LeVay House.” Kent could stand on his head and recite the entirety of “Gray’s Anatomy” and his dad wouldn’t care. Taylor’s dad pretty much ignored her from the time she came out of the womb. Cheryl, too, was ignored from childhood. Everyone is trying to find his/her voice. At times the play evokes thoughts of Ellison’s Invisible Man and his struggle for relevance.

It’s refreshing to see a story about a black family that – while still drama-filled and engaging – does not embrace the clichés that have been force-fed to us and now have become the expected. Perry’s Madea would have no place with these characters: they understand the power of nuance. Things that would, in other, less capable hands, be gratuitous or clumsily handled, are dealt with in a deftness that really makes one appreciate the intelligence of the theatre. And, wish that television and film would take notes.

Go see Stick Fly. You will enjoy it. More than likely, it will resonate.

http://youtu.be/Iw7a9iDyJgs

09/11/2011

B2: Review: Lillias White At Aaron Davis Hall

Greetings Community,

I’m thrilled to announce that we have added a new member to the B2: Productions team.  Joseph Riley Land is our new blogger.  I will of course continue to write the email blasts about upcoming shows etc. but Joseph will be handling the blog aspect and writting about your various shows.  So if you have an upcoming event/show and would like to have it reviewed and/or covered  for our subscribers please reach out to me and we will make it happen.  So with that in mind, here is the first contribution by Joseph Riley Land…enjoy…and see you all behind the lights!

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

 

I’m going to admit my ignorance. I went to Aaron Davis Hall Friday night knowing only one thing about the featured performer, Lillias White, and that was that she is a Tony Award winner. All of that changed during the course of the ninety-minute show that ran through roughly a dozen songs and not one, not two, but three – yes, three – standing ovations. From a New York audience. I was impressed. I was also her “Big Fat Daddy,” but we’ll get to that in a minute. The show started out with White introducing the band and very graciously thanking everyone for being there.

She then proceeded to pay tribute – pour libations – to “those who have moved on,” listing names of performers who have passed in recent years, then asking the audience to join in. From there she moved into a collection of songs that ranged from covers of Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson to classic Broadway show tunes.

At times bawdy, at times humble, White worked the stage – and the audience – like the veteran she is. She danced. She did high kicks that would make half the Rockettes jealous. She showed out. And then, then came… Irene Reid’s “Big Fat Daddy.” I saw it the second she started the song. She was singing to me, looking me squarely in the eyes. She moved around the stage, singing, dancing, shaking, shimmying, doing all of the things a lady does when she sings a song about a man who gets her going. She traded her mic for a cordless one, came to the front of the stage, standing directly in front of me and said, “Come here.” What’s a reviewer to do but comply?

After her first standing O, White moved back to the stage, and tore into more classics. It’s easy to see (and hear) why this woman has an Emmy and a Tony on her mantle (not to mention the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards). As the kick-off performance of the season, the folks at Aaron Davis Hall couldn’t have chosen a better performance. The theater was packed, the audience enthralled and Miss White picked up at least one new fan.

02/11/2011

Two Great Artists….Two Great Shows!

Greetings Community,

I’m so excited to let you know, if you don’t already, and remind you if you do about two incredible shows.  Tony Award Winner Ms. Lillias White will bring her outstanding talents to Aaron Davis Hall in concert on Friday, November 4th, 2011 followed by Broadway’s Chester Gregory & Friends with special guest Jared Grimes rocking out The Traid on Monday, November 7th, 2011.  Mark your calendars for two great nights of music.  These are two of Broadway’s finest so let’s show them our love and support.  How you ask….good question… purchase your tickets in advance, forward this to your individual email lists and post to your social networks; facebook, twitter, tumblr etc.  I know that it would mean alot to both of them to have your support and to see you in the house.  It would make me happy too…fyi….so see you all behind the lights!

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

 

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I told you that there would be some surprises at Chester’s show on Monday, well we have just added some excited Artists to the bill:
 
Broadway’s Joshua Henry
(The Wiz, Scottsborro Boy’s, American Idiot)
 
Broadway, Film & Recording Artist Sasha Allen
(Whistle Down The Wind,  Hair and the movie Camp)
 
Television, Film & Broadway Artist Chaz Shepherd
(Star Search, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) 
 
 
 
Tony Award Winner Ms. Lillias White
(Barnum, The Life, Once On This Island, Chicago,  Dreamgirls, FELA)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

28/10/2011

A Night Of MUSIC w/ Chester Gregory and Friends!

Filed under: B. Slade,B2: Hotlist!,Broadway,Kimberly Nichole,Uncategorized — b2productions @ 5:14 pm

 

 

 

 

Greetings Community,

I’m so excited to let you know that Chester Gregory with be performing at The Triad on Monday November 7th in “A Night Of Music with Chester Gregory and Friends”.  This is going to be a great night and I know you want to be sure to be in the house.  Special guest for the evening is the extraordinary Jared Grimes….and from what I’m told there will be other surprise guests in store and knowing Chester they will be well worth the wait.  So I hope that you will  join me on Monday, November 7th, 2011 9:30pm at the Triad Theater on W. 72nd.  And if you can’t make it please tell a friend…better yet, post this on your social networks and let’s tear the roof off of the Triad!  See you all behind the lights!

As Always,

Kevin-Anthony

Here’s a special invite from Chester Gregory:

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