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04 Jan 2010

Manhattan – DREAMGIRLS at The Apollo

Arts In My Backyard, Manhattan No Comments

Harlem will be on fire as it opens its doors to the show that made Jennifer Hudson, a household name! No, I am not talking about American Idol. I am talking about Dreamgirls. A sensational new stage production of DREAMGIRLS, it is set to come into our own backyard, the legendary Apollo Theater on November 7! Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, DREAMGIRLS tells the rags-to riches story of an up and coming 1960’s girls group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Dreamgirls is a major highlight of the Apollo Theater’s 75th Anniversary and is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with co-choreography by Shane Sparks (yes from Randy Jackson’s American Best Dance Crew on MTV!) and is produced by John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions. Dreamgirls will introduce Moya Angela as Effie White and feature, as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, and Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson.

And for added value if you are a resident of Harlem you can get special uptown love! On Friday, Nov. 6 – 8 PM, Saturday, Nov. 7 – 2 PM, Sunday, November 15 – 3 PM, and Wednesday, Nov. 25 – 8 PM community performances will be available during the run of Dreamgirls only for Harlem residents or those who work in the Harlem community. Harlem residents can purchase up to 6 tickets and those who work in Harlem can purchase up to 2 tickets. All must present I.D. Tickets for these performances are half price and must be purchased at the Apollo Box office.

On Thursday, November 19th at the Dwyer Community Center at 10:30am, there will be a production that will engage students in a very intriguing way. It is called “Theater Connections: Two Towns of Jasper”. Theater Connections is a Community Works series featuring a dazzling array of multicultural theater, dance, music and special events for students and special groups. On June 7, 1988, in Jasper, Texas, a black man was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. Two film crews, one black and one white, recorded the reactions of the town’s citizens in what came to be this incredible expose on race, experience and perspective. Followed by an interactive discussion. In depth study guide available. Grades 6-12. Call to RSVP: 212-459-1854 or email: performances@communityworksnyc.org

Career alert! Impact Broadway’s host campus, CCNY will be hosting a free seminar on career panel on 11/5 at 1pm focuses on PR and Publicity. RSVP with David Thompson at dwthompson@ccny.cuny.edu for more info please visit, http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/humanities/events.cfm

You should also be mindful of auditions and programming that are specific to performers. Harlem Arts Alliance has work on consolidating this information for you: http://www.harlemaa.org/interior.cfm?siteid=298&itemcategory=34705&priorId=0

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