Legendary Grammy and American Music Award winning recording artist and beloved Broadway actress, Stephanie Mills joined BeBe Winans and the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Born For This for a one-night-only concert previewing the music from his original musical at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Over the span of her illustrious career, Stephanie Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer who is a at home on the Broadway stage in the four-time Tony Award-winning The Wiz (on Broadway in the original company and across the United State in the revival) and Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as she is in the recording studio with five best-selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles. Hit records such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “Home” and “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin” have become enduring classics. Mills’ 2004 album Born For This featured her rendition of the title track.
Sharing the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage with Winans and Mills will be director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown) and members of the cast from last summer’s pre-Broadway tryout in Boston including Maddie Shea Baldwin (Bright Star), Liisi LaFontaine (Dreamgirls), Loren Lott (Once on this Island), Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton), Kirsten Wyatt (Annie), and Nita Whitaker (Ragtime). The Broadway aimed musical, also played regional engagements in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
Born For This is a universal story for anyone who has ever yearned to find his or her own purpose in life. It follows BeBe, a talented young man from a tight-knit musical family as he grapples with the struggle between his faith and his desire for fame. As teenagers BeBe and his sister CeCe, experience genuine culture shock when they leave the comfort of their home and family in Detroit to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s “Praise the Lord” network in North Carolina. When the duo rocket to fame, the seductive lure of celebrity comes knocking. Ultimately, Bebe must reconcile the temptations of stardom and fortune with the things he values most in life.
Born For This featured original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award winner BeBe Winans, with a book written by Charles Randolph-Wright, BeBe Winans, and Lisa D’Amour. The show is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Warren Adams and produced by Ron Gillyard and My Destiny Productions.