ON KENTUCKY AVENUE Revue to Begin Performances 2/2 at Stage 72
ON KENTUCKY AVENUE, a musical revue based loosely on fact and mostly fiction about the people and performers who took the stage and filled the tables at the majestic Club Harlem 'on Kentucky Avenue' in the north section of Atlantic City from the 1930s until the late 1980s, will make its NYC commercial stage debut at STAGE72/THE TRIAD, 158 West 72nd Street, on Sunday, February 2, with performances at 3pm and 7pm and Monday, February 3 at 7pm in honor of Black History Month.
Tickets are $55, $45, $35 each with a 2-drink minimum.
Tickets can be ordered 24/7 from Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 or online www.Stage72.com
Doors open at 1/2 hour before curtain
This new musical, created by Jeree Wade and written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens, has been in development for the past 2 1/2 years, and is presented by Robert R. Blume, Songbirds Unlimited Productions, Peter Martin/Rick Newman in association with J.R. Knauf, Marshall N. Warner & Step Forward Entertainment. Jazz producing legend Cobi Narita is Associate Producer.
The show stars Ty Stephens, Cheryl Freeman, Andricka Hall and features Lee Summers as comedian Siappy Black, with special guest artist Jeree Wade as singer Damita Jc, Also appearing are Dancers (in alphabetical order) Donna Clark, Gregory J. Hanks, Mindy Haywood, Cassandra Palacio Renee Ternier, TBD Male DancerZ and TBD Male Dancer3. The Musicians are Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascornb, Richard Cummings, Jr. and Damon Duewhite.
Original music is by Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, Branice McKenzie, Wilbur Bascomb, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade. The Musical Direction is by Frank Owens. The Choreography is by Ty Stephens with Swing Dance Choreography by Mickey Davidson. Showgirl Consultant is Betty Jo and Creative Consultant is Russ Weatherford. Costumes created by Ty Stephens and PEarl Williams.
The Club Harlem Revue takes place in a time, before the Casinostook over Atlantic City, when nightdubbing was in vogue with leggy showgirls, hysterical comedians, and great singers & dancers.
The most famous of the clubs on the musical street known as Kentucky Avenue was the Club Harlem. It was thought of as a "black Copacabana" and starred the major black talent of the era in fantastic stage shows that had flair and fashion from Memorial Day to labor Day.
ON KENTUCKY AVENUE is set during the Club Harlem dress rehearsal for opening night of the 1969 season. Within our fictional show, there is a love triangle between the MC, the lead showgirl, and the featured female singer. The show features an original score that is true to the era, interspersed with classic songsfrom the 60's.
ON KENTUCKY AVENUE captures the feel and aura of the club, based on the personal experiences of Adam and Jeree Wade who performed there during different eras - 30 years apart -- and were witnesses to much of the backstage intrigues that took place nightly.
The Original Songbirds Unlimited Productions (Branice McKenzie, Frank Owens, Ty Stephens, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade) blossomed from a thesis at Brown University (Rhode I s I and) into a multi-faceted Production Company! Their original production - SHADES OF THE COTTON CLUB, as it was originally titled -- was the brainchild of Mrs. Jeree Wade who subsequently enlisted the help of Frank Owens (musical director/arranger) along with several of her student/colleagues to mount this revue about the Harlem Renaissance. Lega lIy unable to use "Cotton Club" in the title, the revue was subsequently re-titled SHADES OF HARLEM. Along the way, different performers were recruited, namely Ty Stephens and Branice McKenzie, Juanita Boisseau (one of the original Cotton Club Chorines), as well as Ludie Jones (Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds"). SHADES OF HARLEM has sin c e been performed at many