It has only been a few days since the successful broadcast of the 2014 Tony Awards, but New York City is still buzzing from all of the excitement and the festivities. To keep the momentum going, Carnegie Hall will be hosting an event on June 23, 2014. In attendance will be current and former Broadway stars celebrating the achievements of one another.
Broadway choral director/arranger Chapman Roberts (Your Arms Too Short., Eubie, Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe's Cafe) has created this blockbuster evening of showstoppers saluting a parade of some of the greatest musical heroes in history including Louis Jordan, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and a special tribute to Langston Hughes.
This unprecedented assemblage of Broadway’s Best will include performances by Tony Award winners and nominees Ben Vereen (Pippin), Chuck Cooper (The Life) Ben Harney (Dreamgirls) Billy Porter ( Kinky Boots) Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) Keith David (Jelly’s Last Jam) Andre De Shields (Ain't Misbehavin’, The Wiz) Larry Marshall (The Color Purple, Porgy and Bess) original cast members of “Five Guys named Moe”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “Motown”, Maurice Hines (Sophisticated Ladies), Scottsboro Boys, Bring in The Noise, Bring in The Funk), 3 time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle (Miss Saigon, Tap Dance Kid) Clifton Davis of “Aladdin”, “Matilda” “Lion King” and “Raisin”. Larry Marshall appeared in the film “Jesus Christ Superstar”, as Cab Calloway in “Cotton Club” with Richard Gere and with Sting in “Three Penny Opera”. Keith David appeared in and narrated more than 150 films and TV presentations including THE BIBLE and is currently represented on the Hollywood screen by “Cloud Atlas co-starring with Halle Berry and Tom Hanks.
“Live The Dream” Executive Producer Norm Lewis was seen as Javert in Cameron Macintosh’s 25th Anniversary TV production of “Les Miserables”, in the TV series “Scandal” opposite Kerry Washington and now Broadway as the new Phantom of the Opera.
“Black Stars” Conceiver and three time Grammy winner Chapman Roberts (the original HAIR, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Hello Dolly”) who created acclaimed vocal arrangements for numerous Broadway hits including the original jukebox musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar” will supervise and direct the entire production.
Highlights of the evening will include the Inaugural presentation of The Black Stars of The Great White Way Award to two time Tony Award winner Geoffrey Holder (The Wiz), Choreographer Louis Johnson (Purlie and The Wiz with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross) “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, Producer Stephen Byrd, and The first Black Phantom Robert Guillaume by Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera and Cicely Tyson.
The event will be one the audience will be talking about for months and years to come. For tickets, visit the Carnegie Hall boxoffice. If you happen to be in New York, you can visit Carnegie Hall at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan or call 212-247-7800. Also, you can keep up with the event by visiting their website and via social media on Facebook and Twitter. This event will be a smashing success so don't miss it.