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Stephanie Mills joined BeBe Winans Bring Born For This to Feinstein’s/54 Below

Stephanie Mills joined BeBe Winans Bring Born For This to Feinstein’s/54 Below
BeBe Winans

BeBe Winans Photos by Walter McBride

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.

BeBe Winans,Stephanie Mills

BeBe Winans and Stephanie Mills Photos by Walter McBride

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.

Charles Randolph-Wright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, BeBe Winans,Ron Gillyard

Charles Randolph-Wright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, BeBe Winans and Ron Gillyard Photos by Walter McBride

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.

Kirsten Wyatt, Liisi LaFontaine, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Loren Lott, Donald Webber Jr., BeBe Winans, Nita Whitaker

Kirsten Wyatt, Liisi LaFontaine, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Loren Lott, Donald Webber Jr., BeBe Winans, Nita Whitaker Photos by Walter McBride

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.

Kirsten Wyatt, Liisi LaFontaine, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Loren Lott, Donald Webber Jr., BeBe Winans, Nita Whitaker

Kirsten Wyatt, Liisi LaFontaine, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Loren Lott, Donald Webber Jr., BeBe Winans, Nita Whitaker Photos by Walter McBride

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.

BeBe Winans

BeBe Winans and momPhotos by Walter McBride

Nita Whitaker

Nita Whitaker Photos by Walter McBride

Liisi LaFontaine

Liisi LaFontaine Photos by Walter McBride

Kirsten Wyatt

Kirsten Wyatt Photos by Walter McBride

BeBe Winans,Charles Randolph-Wright

BeBe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright Photos by Walter McBride

Donald Webber Jr. , Loren Lott

Donald Webber Jr. and Loren Lott Photos by Walter McBride

Kirsten Wyatt, Nita Whitaker, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Liisi LaFontaine,Loren Lott

Kirsten Wyatt, Nita Whitaker, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Liisi LaFontaine and Loren Lott Photos by Walter McBride

 

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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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