Last night, I sat between actress Denise Burse (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”) and award-winning playwright and actor Daniel Beaty at the Central Presbyterian Church where Broadway Inspirational Voices, a popular gospel choir made up of Broadway singers raised the roof during Wondrous Grace, their “summer celebration of song.”
Tony Award winners Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) and Adriane Lenox (Doubt) appeared in the concert, along with Montego Glover from Memphis, Marva Hicks, Clarke Thorell (Mama Mia!), and cast members from Broadway shows including The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Baby, It’s You, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Sister Act.
Lia Chang: Broadway actress/vocalist Marva Hicks shares the stage with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Byron Stripling, at the Southern Theatre for “A Night at the Apollo,” in Columbus, Ohio from April 13-17. The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is celebrating music greats like Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and many others whose careers were launched by this legendary finishing school, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Lia Chang: I am going to see the Theatre for a New Audience’s Macbeth at The Duke on 42nd Street, starring John Douglas Thompson and Annika Boras as the title character and his ambitious wife, and featuring Peter Jay Fernandez as Duncan, Albert Jones as Macduff and Graham Winton as Banquo.
Marva Hicks (Caroline or Change, Lion King) returns to the Triad Theatre in New York, after her spectacular Christmas concert in December, to star as Camille in a concert version of Pat Holley’s all original R&B/Pop Musical, Me & Caesar Lee, on Sunday, March 27th, April 3rd and April 10th at 8pm.