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The New York Pops, James Monroe Iglehart and Capathia Jenkins Bring Back a Time of Innocence When Music Spoke of Love

The New York Pops, James Monroe Iglehart and Capathia Jenkins Bring Back a Time of Innocence When Music Spoke of Love
Steven Reinke

Steven Reinke

The New York Pops under the direction of Stephen Reineke, never sounded so good or pleased their audience so much. With a sea of bopping heads, clapping hands and lyrics sung in abandoned “Heart and Soul” was exactly what is needed in this weary world we call home. Starting our with a mash-up of “On and On”, “Celebration” and “Let’s Stay Together”, we were back into the summer of soul, the 70’s and 80’s with disco beats and Aaron Spelling TV shows.

Michael McElroy, Anastasia Talley, Crystal Monee Hall

Michael McElroy, Anastasia Talley and Crystal Monee Hall

Smartly there were back-up singers Crystal Monee Hall ( Broadway: Rent and provides supporting vocals for Elton John, Mariah Carey, India Arie to name a few), Anastasia Talley (winner of the 2016 Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition) and Michael McElory (Broadway: The Who’s Tommy, The Wild Party, Big River and Rent) choreographed that oh so familiar look.

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

Ashford and Simpson’s You’re All I Need’ brought out powerhouses Capathia Jenkins (Broadway: Newsies, The Civil War to name a few and The Wiz Live!) and James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway Memphis, Aladdin (Tony and Drama Desk Awards) and Hamilton). Forget the show Motown because this is what R&B is all about.

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James showed us his groves and moves in Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia did Gladys Knight proud on “Midnight Train To Georgia”. She might have even sung this song better and that is not sacrilege.

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

Full of soul, longing and passion James’s baritone soared on Donny Hataway’s “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”. His deep tones made us want to be and have that kind of love.

Steven Reinke

Steven Reinke

Barry White’s #1 billboard topping hit “Love Theme”, had the New York Pops making us nostalgic for those carefree days as memories flooded in.

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

Back together James Monroe Iglehart and Capathia Jenkins, who looked beautiful in a red sequined dress, sang The Temptations and the Diana Ross and The Supremes duet.

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

Getting the audience clapping and singing james grooved out on Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.”

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Finishing the first act “I’m Every Women and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” brought Capathia, channeling Whitney Houston.

Michael McElroy, Anastasia Talley,Crystal Monee Hall

Michael McElroy, Anastasia Talley and Crystal Monee Hall

Act two had the Pops on an arrangement by Steven Reinke called “I Hear A Symphony: Symphonic Sounds of Diana Ross. Included were “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “Touch Me In The Morning” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. “

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James and Capathia showed smooth styling’s on “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia again wowed in a blue sequined dress as she embodied “Rock With You.”

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

Out of the 90‘s and into 2006 John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, was beautifully sung by James, but there was an interesting observation. The optimism off the 90’s was gone.

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

In Ottis Redding’s “Respect” Capathia showed she’s got moves.

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

In “Papa’s Feeling Good” James showed off his slides, and what a great dancer he is as the New York Pop’s grooved. Then James channeled James Brown complete with sunglasses in “Unchain My Heart”.

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Then Capathia wowed the audience in a silver stunning dress that she completely owned. In the heartbreaking song “I Will Always Love You”, perfect vocal control mixed with modulations had the audience first completely silent, then on their feet for a seven minuet standing ovation. The audience was in tears for a life gone too soon and a performance that was breath taking and riveting.

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

For a finale James and Capathia brought Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher to another standing ovation.

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

This was seriously the best New York Pops concert I have ever seen. I could honestly see this moving to Broadway and playing to grateful audiences who are sick of PC correct, political anything and long for a more innocent time.

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

Do not miss March 9th’s concert “The best of Hollywood”, when the New York Pops shows just what a treasure they are and the April 30th New York Pops Gala celebrating Alan Menken. Menken is best known for his scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas. Winning him eight Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, eleven Grammy Awards, one Tony Award, one Drama Desk Award and two Outer Critics Awards.

Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Steven Reinke

James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Steven Reinke

Anastasia Talley, James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Crystal Monee Hall, Michael McElroy

Anastasia Talley, James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Crystal Monee Hall and Michael McElroy

Steven Reineke, James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Derrick Baskin

Steven Reineke, James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins and Derrick Baskin

Nylah Capathia, Capathia Jenkins, James Monroe Iglehart and Sandra Kay Hill

Nylah Capathia, Capathia Jenkins, James Monroe Iglehart, Sandra Kay Hill

James Monroe Iglehart, Sandra Kay Hill

James Monroe Iglehart and his mom Sandra Kay Hill

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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