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Broadway Powerhouses Usher in New African-American Musical

Broadway Powerhouses Usher in New African-American Musical

There are going to be some hot times at Theatre for The New City’s Dream Up Festival this September.  A special showcase presentation of The Joint will be held: Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11, 2016 Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m; Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The Joint serves up a passionate, heart-racing musical score and wild-weaving of stories inside a smoky juke-joint run by the vivacious “Queen” in the town of Stuckley, Virginia, circa 1957 to 1967. All tales and tunes center on the Brinkley family. While Melvin thought his dreams had come true when he married Evelyn and had a daughter like Corrida, Evelyn felt differently. She leaves him to answer the call of the “music.” Just when he begins to heal, it’s Corrida’s turn.

The Joint is directed and choreographed by Kenneth L. Roberson (Avenue Q), Music & Lyrics by Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz), with a powerful book by playwright and Obie nominee, Curtis D. Jones, from a concept by Denise Gray (Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope). The cast includes Broadway notables:

Brenda Braxton (Chicago, Smokey Joes Café, After Midnight)

Sheila K. Davis (Little Shop of Horrors, 54 Below)

Erick Pinnick (A Christmas Carol, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard)

Albert Christmas Johnson (Ragtime)

Crystal Joy (Motown the Musical, Memphis, Hair, Legally Blond)

Shani Worrell (Color Purple)

Richard E. Waits (Aint Misbehavin’, The Full Monty)

Lee Summers (Dreamgirls, My Own Hometown)

Khiry Walker (Films: At Night Only, Swell Gents)

Devin Roberts (Lion King, Smash, Venice, City Center Encores)

Hollie Wright (Hot Feet, Amazing Grace, Color Purple, Alvin Ailey)

Miquel Edson Banket (Amazing Grace, Carnival, West Side Story)

LaTrisa A. Harper (Color Purple, The Wiz, Motown the Musical)

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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:

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