Tonya Pinkins, Dorien Wilson, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Rain Pryor, André De Shields, Debbi Morgan, Chester Gregory, Tommy Ford and More Set for National Black Theatre Festival® in Winston-Salem, NC
I had a grand time at the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards presented by TheaterMania.com at Town Hall on Sunday, May 19, 2013, with Jeanne Sakata and her husband, Tim Patterson. The pair had flown in from LA to celebrate Joel de la Fuente, the star of Sakata’s one-man show Hold These Truths, produced Off-Broadway by the Epic Theatre Ensemble last Fall, who had been nominated in the category of “Outstanding Solo Performance”.
The joint was jumpin’ at 54 Below for Tony award-winner Tonya Pinkins on the last Monday in August, where she channeled Ethel Waters, the legendary African-American actress, jazz-era singer and entertainer who was America’s first International superstar of any race, in an evening featuring excerpts from Hurricane Ethel, Ms. Pinkins upcoming one woman show written in collaboration with Dennis Courtney.
Tonight, I’m going to my new favorite cabaret club, 54 Below in New York, to see Tony award-winner Tonya Pinkins, where she’ll be performing signature anthems celebrating the life and music of Ethel Waters at 9:30pm.
Camille Darby’s The White Peacock in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s inaugural Future Classics Festival at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on June 27, 2012