Photo Flash: Avenue X First Performance
The sounds†of doo-wop, rhythm†and blues, soul, and gospel ring out as†Off-Broadway's Dreamlight Theatre Company presents the first NYC†revival of Avenue X, an a capella musical by John Jiler and Ray†Leslee. Directed by Chip Klose, Avenue X plays a limited†engagement of 16 performances from March 1 through 17 at the 45th†Street Theatre (354 West 45th Street).††A celebration of its first performance†was held†at†Angus†McIndoe.
Avenue X†stars Cheryl Alexander (Dreamgirls), JD Goldblatt (Les†Mis), Mitchell Jarvis (Fiddler On The Roof), Keifer Mansfield,†Megan McGettigan, Jonathan Stewart, Jeffery V. Thompson (It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues) and Anthony Wills, Jr.† "Set in a racially divided Brooklyn neighborhood in 1963, Avenue X†captures both the nostalgic harmonies of an innocent age and the†rumblings of future discord. As in New York and other American cities†in the late 1950s and early 1960s, teenagers gather on stoops and†sidewalks to pass the time singing together -- the best groups win†contests and dream of record deals. In Avenue X, the Italian-American†and African-American groups wouldn't think of singing together --†until Pasquale (Jonathan Stewart) and Milton (JD Goldblatt) find that†their shared love for the music transcends the escalating racial†tension," according to notes.†
Avenue X premiered at Playwrights Horizons in February 1994, winning†the Richard Rodgers Award in 1992 and 1993, and has been produced to†great acclaim around the country at theaters like Barrington Stage†Company, The Wilma Theater, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary†Theater in Seattle, Odyssey Theater Ensemble in L.A., and Pittsburgh†City Theatre Company.†
Tickets are $18 by calling Tix.com at†1-800-595-4849 or online at the website www.Tix.com. For more info†log onto www.dreamlighttheatre.org.
Photos by Jason Woodruff
The company celebrates first performance with a cake courtesy of Angus McIndoe chef David DeCarlo