Broadway Comes to Queens for Black History Month
FIVE TONY NOMINATED "BLACK STARS OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY" TO APPEAR AT QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013, 3 PM
Broadway choral director/arranger Chapman Roberts (Bubbling Brown Sugar,Your Arms Too Short To Box With God, Eubie, Blues In the Night, Five Guys named Moe, Smokey Joe's Cafe) has created this blockbuster evening of Broadway showstoppers saluting a parade of some of the greatest entertainers in history including Louis Jordan, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Sammy Davis Jr and Nat King Cole.
This unprecedented assemblage of Broadway's Best and Tony Nominees will include Keith David and Ted Levy (Jelly's Last Jam) Andre De Shields (Ain't Misbehavin) Larry Marshall (The Color Purple) and Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess),a salute by "Bubbling Brown Sugar" trumpeter Longineu Parsons to Louis Armstrong and a special guest performance by Broadway's "Bring In The Noise, Bring In The Funk" Tapper Omar Edwards who was "The (irascible) Sandman" on TV's famed "Showtime at The Apollo" for 7 years.
Unmatchable in his dazzling tributes to the artistry of Sammy Davis,Ted Levy is a masterful song and dance stylist who performs with symphony orchestras and in concert halls throughout America. Andre (the original Wiz) DeShields has further distinguished himself
as an actor with his riveting portrayal of the American Civil Rights Pioneer Frederick Douglass.
Larry Marshall appeared in the film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and as Cab Calloway in "Cotton Club" with Richard Gere and co starred with Sting on Broadway in "Three Penny Opera". Nat King Cole specialist Keith David has appeared in more than 100 films including "Platoon" with Charlie Sheen and is currently represented on the Hollywood screen by “Cloud Atlas” in which he co stars with Halle Berry and Tom Hanks.
Norm Lewis can be seen as Javert in the monumental 25 th Anniversary Television production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Les Miserables" and in the new sensational TV series "Scandals" opposite Kerry Washington.
The much sought after pianist Frank Owens, who has musical directed for Lena Horne, Johnny Mathis, and The Duke Ellington Orchestra will be joined on the bandstand by bassist Clyde Bullard (Tony Bennett), South African Drummer Sipho Kunene (Three Mo' Tenors, Harry Belafonte) Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce guitarist Keith Robinson, Ray Naccari and Tom Zablinger and the York College Big Band.
A very special added feature to the evening will be the introduction of the 14 year old piano prodigy Julius Rodriguez.
Director/Producer Chapman Roberts who himself appeared on Broadway in "HAIR" with Diane Keaton and Melba Moore, "Jesus Christ Superstar" with Ben Vereen and "Hello Dolly" with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey will co-host the evening with Susan Agin Executive Director of The Queensborough Performing Arts Center.