Elijah Ahmad Lewis News

Nicholas Christopher, Jarran Muse, Reed L. Shannon & More Join MOTOWN National Tour; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

As previously announced, Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Nicholas Christopher will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye. Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon will portray Berry Gordy's boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts' ALIVE! Now Playing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces their musical production, ALIVE!, a musical celebration of a generation featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). ALIVE! Is playing in repertoire with the Harlem Musical Theatre Series. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, and directed by Mr. Wydro. 'Real people, telling real stories!' The cast of ALIVE! is comprised of everyday, 'ordinary' citizens from all walks of life; people with amazing talent, who never realized their desire to perform live. Each cast member now taking center stage, proves that it's never too late to live a dream. ALIVE! features a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music - songs that served as a soundtrack for this generation. Through the music, and through authentic stories and testimonies, the ALIVE! cast tell how it used to be, and how life could be going forward . . . at any age. They are ALIVE! . . . and kickin.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Mama Foundation's ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents ALIVE!, a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over . . . 'Real people, telling real stories!' Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of MAMA, I WANT TO SING), and directed by Mr. Wydro, ALIVE! is currently performing in repertory on Saturday afternoons at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WE ARE! Featuring Gospel for Teens Choir Debuts at The Dempsey in Harlem Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

WE ARE!, a world-premiere musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived, written and directed by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, WE ARE! begins performances Off-Broadway at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) today, October 12th. (more...)

WE ARE! Featuring Gospel for Teens Choir to Debut at The Dempsey in Harlem, 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

WE ARE!, a world-premiere musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived, written and directed by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, WE ARE! begins performances Off-Broadway at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) on Saturday, October 12th. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! & ALIVE! this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces that two new musicals will open Off-Broadway this fall in Harlem: WE ARE!, an original musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir (first seen in an Emmy Award-Winning '60 Minutes' story), and ALIVE!, an original musical featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. Both WE ARE! and ALIVE!, conceived, written and directed by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, will join MAMA, I WANT TO SING: THE NEXT GENERATION and SING HARLEM SING in Repertory at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). Performances for ALIVE! begin on Saturday, October 5th; performances for WE ARE! begin Saturday, October 12th. MAMA . . . will join the two new musicals in rep beginning Saturday, October 19th, and SING, HARLEM, SING will be performed on Saturday, November 16th. Tickets to all four musicals presented by The Mama Foundation at The Dempsey are $35 and are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Celebrates 30th Anniversary at The Dempsey Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2013

Mama, I Want To Sing, the classic 1983 gospel musical created by Vy Higginsen, will celebrate its 30th anniversary tonight, March 23, 2013 with a very special performance of Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation at The Dempsey Theater, located in Harlem at 127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues. (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary at The Dempsey Theater, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2013

Mama, I Want To Sing, the classic 1983 gospel musical created by Vy Higginsen, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, March 23, 2013 with a very special performance of Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation at The Dempsey Theater, located in Harlem at 127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues. This Gala event, taking place exactly 30 years to the day from when the original production opened in Harlem to great acclaim, benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts. (more...)

Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir Releases Debut Single
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir has released their debut single, 'Yes We Can,' now available for download on iTunes. A video can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zn2oICBSN8&feature=youtu.be. The choir's debut album will soon be released on the new Harlem Records label. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents Back-to-Back Saturday Musical Matinees, Beg. Today, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 06, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts presents two musical matinees, Mama I Want To Sing: The Next Generation and Sing, Harlem, Sing!, every Saturday afternoon (performances resume today, October 6th, 2012) at The Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues. Tickets for both musicals are priced from $20 - $35, and are available via SmartTix.com (212-868-4444) or by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents Back-to-Back Saturday Musical Matinees, Beg. 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts presents two musical matinees, Mama I Want To Sing: The Next Generation and Sing, Harlem, Sing!, every Saturday afternoon (performances resume on Saturday, October 6th, 2012) at The Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues. Tickets for both musicals are priced from $20 - $35, and are available via SmartTix.com (212-868-4444) or by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Preview of Hilary Kole, Sarah Rice, and More at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Aug 08, 2012

Just yesterday, 54 Below held a special press preview for its upcoming engagements, which included Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis, The Civil War, Into the Woods), 2010 Bistro Award-winner Hilary Kole (Our Sinatra, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Rainbow Room), from "Sondheim Unplugged" Sarah Rice ('Johanna' in the original 1979 production of Sweeney Todd, The Fantasticks, A Little Night Music, Candide), compay members from Sing, Harlem, Sing! (created by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro,). BroadwayWorld was there for the sneak peek and we bring you photos from the event below! (more...)

GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR Performs on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Live Finale Tonight, 5/20
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir will perform live on the season finale of the hit NBC reality program "The Celebrity Apprentice," airing this evening, May 20th from 9 - 11 p.m. (more...)

GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR to Perform on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Live Finale This Sunday
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir will perform live on the season finale of the hit NBC reality program "The Celebrity Apprentice," airing this Sunday, May 20th from 9 - 11 p.m. (more...)

Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents SING, HARLEM, SING! and MAMA, I WANT TO SING: THE NEXT GENERATION
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2012

Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts continues to make musical history in Harlem by presenting two magical, musical matinees, Mama I Want To Sing: The Next Generation and Sing, Harlem, Sing!, every Saturday afternoon at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street. (more...)

SING, HARLEM, SING! Comes to the Dempsey Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2012

ing, Harlem, Sing!, a musical revue created by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro (the creative team behind the gospel musical Mama, I Want To Sing) will begin weekly performances at The Dempsey Theatre (127 W. 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues) tonight, April 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

SING, HARLEM, SING! Comes to the Dempsey Theater, April 28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2012

ing, Harlem, Sing!, a musical revue created by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro (the creative team behind the gospel musical Mama, I Want To Sing) will begin weekly performances at The Dempsey Theatre (127 W. 127th Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues) on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Returns To Harlem's Dempsey Theater 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2012

Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, the revival of Mama, I Want to Sing - the 1983 musical based on the life and times of singer Doris Troy - will re-open at The Dempsey Theater (127 W. 127th Street, NYC). (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING: THE NEXT GENERATION Opens at Dempsey Theater, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2012

Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, the acclaimed revival of Mama, I Want to Sing - the 1983 musical based on the life and times of singer Doris Troy - will re-open at The Dempsey Theater (127 W. 127th Street, NYC). The musical will perform weekly on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. beginning February 25, 2012. Tickets are $35.00 and are available through SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or www.smartix.com. (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING: THE NEXT GENERATION Opens at Dempsey Theater, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2012

Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, the acclaimed revival of Mama, I Want to Sing - the 1983 musical based on the life and times of singer Doris Troy - will re-open at The Dempsey Theater (127 W. 127th Street, NYC). The musical will perform weekly on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. beginning February 25, 2012. Tickets are $35.00 and are available through SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or www.smartix.com. (more...)

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