Photo Flash: Avenue X First Performance

The soundsof doo-wop, rhythmand blues, soul, and gospel ring out asOff-Broadway's Dreamlight Theatre Company presents the first NYCrevival of Avenue X, an a capella musical by John Jiler and RayLeslee. Directed by Chip Klose, Avenue X plays a limitedengagement of 16 performances from March 1 through 17 at the 45thStreet Theatre (354 West 45th Street).A celebration of its first performancewas heldatAngusMcIndoe.

Avenue Xstars Cheryl Alexander (Dreamgirls), JD Goldblatt (LesMis), 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 Xcaptures both the nostalgic harmonies of an innocent age and therumblings of future discord. As in New York and other American citiesin the late 1950s and early 1960s, teenagers gather on stoops andsidewalks to pass the time singing together -- the best groups wincontests and dream of record deals. In Avenue X, the Italian-Americanand African-American groups wouldn't think of singing together --until Pasquale (Jonathan Stewart) and Milton (JD Goldblatt) find thattheir shared love for the music transcends the escalating racialtension," according to notes.

Avenue X premiered at Playwrights Horizons in February 1994, winningthe Richard Rodgers Award in 1992 and 1993, and has been produced togreat acclaim around the country at theaters like Barrington StageCompany, The Wilma Theater, Dallas Theater Center, A ContemporaryTheater in Seattle, Odyssey Theater Ensemble in L.A., and PittsburghCity Theatre Company.

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Photos by Jason Woodruff

Avenue X librettist John Jiler, Chad Hudson (Producer) and Chip Klose (Avenue X director) and Avenue X composer Ray Leslee

Jonathan Stewart and JD Goldblatt

Cheryl Alexander (Julia) and Megan McGettigan (Barbara)

The company celebrates first performance with a cake courtesy of Angus McIndoe chef David DeCarlo

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