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Lia Chang: Marva Hicks to Star in Concert of Pat Holley’s R&B/Pop Musical, Me & Caesar Lee at Triad Theatre, March 27, April 3 and 10

Marva Hicks at The Triad Theatre in New York on December 17, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

Marva Hicks at The Triad Theatre in New York on December 17, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

Marva Hicks 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.

Set in the year 1985, Me & Caesar Lee is the fictitious story of Camille Lambert, a 43-year-old former pop recording star/songwriter who tries to make a comeback by writing songs for a teenage singing group – leaving her life forever changed.

Lee Summers (Original Dreamgirls & 2010 Bistro Award Winner) directs this 80 minute concert which features four principals of the ten member cast. Devale Ellis (former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions) makes his concert debut in the title-role as “Caesar Lee,” Amanda T. Holley (Recently signed with Smack Water Production/Universal Records) sings the role of “Nakima D,” and both Broadway’s Raun Ruffin (Civil War) and Dennis Williams, the 4th Voice (Musical Director) of the R&B Hall of Fame O’Jay’s will appear as “Paul Hudson.” This concert presentation of Me & Caesar Lee is presented by Dan Culleton’s G. Gebony Productions in association with the Triad Theatre.

Marva Hicks Photo by Lia Chang

Marva Hicks Photo by Lia Chang

Award-winning performing artist Marva Hicks has appeared on Broadway as Rafiki in The Lion King, as The Radio in Caroline or Change, and in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Caroline, or Change (The Public Theater); Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane); and Leslie Lee’s The First Breeze of Summer, directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson (Signature Theatre).

A favorite at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, Ms. Hicks has worked on five productions including Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, starring Broadway legend Maurice Hines, for which she is nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Thunder Knocking on the Door (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress), Crowns and Charles Randolph Wright’s Cuttin’ Up. Other regional credits include her role as Etta Mae in the world premiere of The Women of Brewster Place at The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta’s Suzi Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical); as Bess in a Jazz and Blues adaptation of Porgy and Bess (B. Iden Payne Award) at the Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin, Texas; It’s Better With a Band (Prince Music Theater); Elliot Ness in Cleveland(Cleveland Playhouse), Twist (Walnut Street Theatre) and the US Tour of A…My Name Is Alice. Her film and TV credits include Assunder, starring Blair Underwood, Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington, as Jacarra Principle on the ABC Daytime Soap Opera One Life to Live, L.A. LAW, Star Trek: Voyager and Mad About You.

As a gospel singer, Ms. Hicks is a featured vocalist on the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir’s Christmas CD, GREAT JOY. She scored her first record deal while still a student at Howard University, where she earned her BFA, cum laude. Her second record deal with Polygram Records, yielded the Top 10 R&B single, NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE. She has worked extensively with Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, James Ingram, and traveled the world with Stevie Wonder as a backing vocalist and Michael Jackson for HisTORY tour. She has been commissioned by Arena Stage to create and star in a solo musical piece about her journey in show business as a woman of faith.

Tickets are $25 + 2 drink minimum
Click here to purchase in advance. The Triad is cash only.
Triad Theatre
158 West 72nd Street (Between Broadway & Columbus)
212 580-1201
MAC members are $20 at door.

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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