The SOURCE Theatre Company to Present THE FIVE POINTS WRAPPED AROUND MY SOUL
The SOURCE Theatre Company will stage the company created musical production "The Five Points Wrapped Around My Soul" in February.
An uplifting musical takes you on a historical journey through the evolution of a cappella's music traditions. It's an aural journey through the 50s, 60s & 70s and the musical legacy of Denver's Five Points neighborhood. Five Points, often known as the "Harlem of the West", is one of Denver's oldest historic neighborhoods, located on the northeast side of the downtown district where 26th Avenue, 27th Street, Washington Street, and Welton Street meet.
Five Points came to historical prominence from the 1860s through the 1950s. Welton Street was home to over fifty bars and clubs, where some of the greatest jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, MiLes Davis, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and others performed. Black performers that other hotels in Denver would not accommodate stayed at the Rossonian Hotel, built in 1912, and performed there, making it a famous music venue.
"In light of the changes to the neighborhood, from it's decline to its current redevelopment and re-identification as The Welton Street Corridor," says SOURCE Theatre co-founder Arnold King, "it's important to maintain a connection to the deep-seeded history of that community."
Those were the times. Music is a powerful trigger for nostalgia. What memories come rushing back when you hear "Only You" by The Platters? What is your favorite song from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles? Or the O'Jays?
The production is directed by Jimmy Walker with music direction by Dee Burleson.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm with a matinee Sunday, February 23rd and March 3 at 2:00pm.