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Mama Foundation to Bring ALIVE! to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem This FallMama Foundation to Bring ALIVE! to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

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. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents Back-to-Back Saturday Musical Matinees, Beg. 10/6Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents Back-to-Back Saturday Musical Matinees, Beg. 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 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...)

WE ARE! Featuring Gospel for Teens Choir to Debut at The Dempsey in Harlem, 10/12WE 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 to Stage WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Begin. 10/11Mama Foundation to Stage WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Begin. 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Saturdays, October 11 at 2 pm, Saturday, October 25 at 2 pm, and Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Julia Murney, Eden Espinosa and More Set for 54 Below This WeekJason Robert Brown, Julia Murney, Eden Espinosa and More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2012

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, will welcome the following events. (more...)

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

Photo Flash: First Look at The Mama Foundation's ALIVE!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 TodayWE 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...)

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Releases Debut SingleVy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Releases Debut Single
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 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...)

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Presents A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT at Dempsey Theater, 12/7Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Presents A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT at Dempsey Theater, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2012

VY HIGGINSEN'S GOSPEL FOR TEENS: A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT will take place at The Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 127th Street (between Lenox and 7th Aves) on Friday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Mama Foundation and the Gospel for Teens program. (more...)

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents FOOL IN LOVE, 12/7BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents FOOL IN LOVE, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2012

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents Fool in Love: A Musical Night in the Life of Frankie Lymon, performing on Friday, December 7 at 8PM. (more...)

Mamma Foundation's Vy Higginsen Receives VERA Award at VOICES OF SUMMER Gala TonightMamma Foundation's Vy Higginsen Receives VERA Award at VOICES OF SUMMER Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

The Voice Foundation, the world's leading organization dedicated to the care and training of the human voice, will host its 42nd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice as well as its Voices of Summer Gala in Philadelphia from Wednesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 2, 2013. The Voice Foundation's symposium annually brings together top vocal health professionals for a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity to share the latest advances in scientific and medical voice research. (more...)

Epic Theatre Ensemble to Stage RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, 4/16-5/4Epic Theatre Ensemble to Stage RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, 4/16-5/4
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

The Award-Winning Epic Theatre Ensemble, now in their 12th year presents William Shakespeare's RICHARD III: Born With Teeth, part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The production, directed by Ron Russell, begins previews Off-Broadway on Tuesday, April 16th and opens Today, April 20th at 8:00 PM at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). The play will run through May 4th. (more...)

Mamma Foundation's Vy Higginsen to Receive VERA Award at VOICES OF SUMMER Gala, 5/31Mamma Foundation's Vy Higginsen to Receive VERA Award at VOICES OF SUMMER Gala, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

The Voice Foundation, the world's leading organization dedicated to the care and training of the human voice, will host its 42nd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice as well as its Voices of Summer Gala in Philadelphia from Wednesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 2, 2013. The Voice Foundation's symposium annually brings together top vocal health professionals for a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity to share the latest advances in scientific and medical voice research. (more...)

Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, 6/12-17Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, 6/12-17
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2012

Ben Vereen returns to The RRazz Room to with his show 'Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen,' a high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Audiences can expect to hear classics such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,' 'Mr. Bojangles' and 'Defying Gravity.' Well known to theatre audiences for his Tony Award and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam. He is currently celebrating the release of his CD 'Steppin' Out Live.' (more...)

GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR Performs on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Live Finale Tonight, 5/20GOSPEL 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...)

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its second annual Gala, which will take place at St. Martin's Cathedral (230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street) on Monday, June 16th from 6 - 9 PM. The special evening of food and entertainment -- which benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts -- is graciously underwritten by Larry Scott and Lawrence Scott Events. Tickets for the Gala are $250.00 and $500 (VIP) and are now available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045. (more...)

Adam Sank to Star in MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES! at the Duplex, 6/19 & 6/27Adam Sank to Star in MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES! at the Duplex, 6/19 & 6/27
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

For the first time ever, popular New York comic Adam Sank stars in his own cabaret show, complete with songs, comedy and humiliating childhood stories, at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 'Mama, I Want To Sing Showtunes!' on Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 27th at 7 p.m. (more...)

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens to Perform End-of-Semester Concerts, 5/18Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens to Perform End-of-Semester Concerts, 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens will present two special end-of-semester concerts for this acclaimed musical education program, offering instruction in forms of Gospel, Jazz and R&B music to local young people between the ages of 13 and 19 at no cost, providing desperately needed support to musically gifted children and replacing arts programs taken out of many inner city schools. (more...)

More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 5, 2014

All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, is currently in previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 for a strictly limited engagement. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast of ALL THE WAY, plus watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Celebrates 30th Anniversary at The Dempsey Theater TonightMAMA, 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 Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! at Dempsey Theater on SaturdaysMama Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! at Dempsey Theater on Saturdays
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! is now performing in repertory on Saturday afternoons at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts' ALIVE! Now PlayingMama 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...)

Vy Higginsen to Be Honored at BET AWARDS 12, 7/1Vy Higginsen to Be Honored at BET AWARDS 12, 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

Vy Higginsen, the creator of the classic gospel musical Mama, I Want To Sing, will be honored at the "BET AWARDS 12," receiving a SHINE-A-LIGHT recognition on the live telecast. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Ben Vereen Talks Solo Show, 54 Below, New Projects & A Career RetrospectiveInDepth InterView: Ben Vereen Talks Solo Show, 54 Below, New Projects & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 27, 2012

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning legend famous for his performances starring in the original Broadway productions of PIPPIN and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, as well as his celebrated turns in stage and screen projects as diverse as ALL THAT JAZZ, SWEET CHARITY, CHICAGO, FOSSE, WICKED, GRIND, ROOTS, I'M NOT RAPPAPORT, GOLDEN BOY, IDLEWILD, FUNNY LADY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and many more - the simply incredible Ben Vereen. Discussing many of his most fondly remembered roles and recounting his experiences working with many legendary directors and collaborators - Bob Fosse, Hal Prince, Tom O'Horgan, Herbert Ross, Ann Reinking, Dan Sullivan, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and many more among them - Vereen paints a vivid picture of a bygone Broadway and reminisces about many of the most significant theatrical creators of the past fifty years and his roles in their stage and film projects. Additionally, Vereen fills us in on what we can expect from his upcoming solo spotlight show - a career retrospective - that will be kicking off at 54 Below on July 10 for a two-week engagement before an even larger, Broadway-bound mounting later this year at Princeton. Also, Vereen elaborates on the causes closest to his heart, shares thoughts on GLEE and SMASH, future plans and much, much more! (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 25, 2012

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Say 'Hello' to Detroit, July 1-13THE BOOK OF MORMON to Say 'Hello' to Detroit, July 1-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week run in 2013, returns for a limited engagement at the Detroit Opera House, July 1 through July 13, 2014. (more...)

Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, 6/12-17Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, 6/12-17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2012

Ben Vereen returns to The RRazz Room to with his show 'Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen,' a high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Audiences can expect to hear classics such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,' 'Mr. Bojangles' and 'Defying Gravity.' Well known to theatre audiences for his Tony Award and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam. He is currently celebrating the release of his CD 'Steppin' Out Live.' (more...)

Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/9-15Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/9-15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2012

Joe's Pub gives you a look ahead at its July 9-July 15 performances, including Amanda Holley, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Matt Munisteri, Mary C., Happy Ending Music & Reading Series, Charles Perry, Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio, Summer & Eve, Batz, Bhi Bhiman, Justin Robinson & The Mary annettes, Ilusha Tsinadze's Dede Ena, Russian Red with special guest Tulsa, Lori Lieberman, Michael Serveris, and Loose Cattle. See full details below! (more...)

Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, Now thru 6/17Ben Vereen Returns to San Francisco With STEPPIN' OUT, Now thru 6/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2012

Ben Vereen returns to The RRazz Room to with his show 'Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen,' a high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Audiences can expect to hear classics such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,' 'Mr. Bojangles' and 'Defying Gravity.' Well known to theatre audiences for his Tony Award and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam. He is currently celebrating the release of his CD 'Steppin' Out Live.' (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! & ALIVE! this FallMama 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...)

Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 7/15Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2012

Joe's Pub gives you a look ahead at the schedule today, July 9-July 15, including Amanda Holley, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Matt Munisteri, Mary C., Happy Ending Music & Reading Series, Charles Perry, Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio, Summer & Eve, Batz, Bhi Bhiman, Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Ilusha Tsinadze's Dede Ena, Russian Red with special guest Tulsa, Lori Lieberman, Michael Serveris, and Loose Cattle. See full details below! (more...)

Adam Sank Returns to The Duplex with MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES: A ONE 'MO SHOW!, 8/14 & 21Adam Sank Returns to The Duplex with MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES: A ONE 'MO SHOW!, 8/14 & 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

In a return engagement at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre, popular New York comic Adam Sank stars in his own cabaret show, complete with songs, comedy and humiliating childhood stories. (more...)

Marcus Paul James, Alysha Umphress and More Set for 54 BELOW's Jazz BrunchMarcus Paul James, Alysha Umphress and More Set for 54 BELOW's Jazz Brunch
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2012

54 BELOW introduces two musical weekend brunches to make the weekend a little more enjoyable - Jazz Brunch on select Sundays and Sing, Harlem, Sing! Gospel Brunch on select Sundays. (more...)

Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/9-15Amanda Holley, Summer & Eve and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/9-15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2012

Joe's Pub gives you a look ahead at its July 9-July 15 performances, including Amanda Holley, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Matt Munisteri, Mary C., Happy Ending Music & Reading Series, Charles Perry, Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio, Summer & Eve, Batz, Bhi Bhiman, Justin Robinson & The Mary annettes, Ilusha Tsinadze's Dede Ena, Russian Red with special guest Tulsa, Lori Lieberman, Michael Serveris, and Loose Cattle. See full details below! (more...)

Marcus Samuelsson Presents GOSPEL FOR TEENS, Beginning 7/15Marcus Samuelsson Presents GOSPEL FOR TEENS, Beginning 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Award-winning chef and author Marcus Samuelsson will present Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir, who will provide the musical entertainment for "A Gospel Gathering at Ginny's" beginning Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at Ginny's Supper Club, the sister venue to Samuelsson's Red Rooster Harlem, located at 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th Streets). The Gospel for Teens Choir will perform three sets of rousing gospel tunes during the venue's new Sunday buffet brunch served between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seats are $35 per person (half off for children under 12). Reservations and walk-ins are accepted by calling 212.421.3821. (more...)

Vy Higginsen to Be Honored at BET AWARDS 12 TonightVy Higginsen to Be Honored at BET AWARDS 12 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2012

Vy Higginsen, the creator of the classic gospel musical Mama, I Want To Sing, will be honored at the "BET AWARDS 12," receiving a SHINE-A-LIGHT recognition on the live telecast. (more...)

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary at The Dempsey Theater, 3/23MAMA, 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...)

VIDEO: Ciara Debuts New Song 'Anytime' at Grammy After-PartyVIDEO: Ciara Debuts New Song 'Anytime' at Grammy After-Party
by - Jan 28, 2014

Grammy winner singer Ciara debuted her new song, "Anytime" from her latest album at the 2014 Grammy Awards After-Party. Check out the performance below! (more...)

Panel on Jungian and Freudian Analysis to Follow Tonight's Performance of SECRETSPanel on Jungian and Freudian Analysis to Follow Tonight's Performance of SECRETS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2013

Following tonight's February 22nd 8pm performance of SECRETS, the Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung, an original play written & directed by Ken Wydro, two noted psychoanalysts will take part in a panel discussion about the careers & philosophies of Freud & Jung. SECRETS dramatizes the intense personal & professional relationship between Sigmund Freud & Carl Gustav Jung in the early years of psychoanalysis, 1907 - 1913 & is based on the 1000 letters shared by both men. (more...)

Panel on Jungian and Freudian Analysis to Follow 2/22 Performance of SECRETSPanel on Jungian and Freudian Analysis to Follow 2/22 Performance of SECRETS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2013

Following the February 22nd 8pm performance of SECRETS, the Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung, an original play written & directed by Ken Wydro, two noted psychoanalysts will take part in a panel discussion about the careers & philosophies of Freud & Jung. SECRETS dramatizes the intense personal & professional relationship between Sigmund Freud & Carl Gustav Jung in the early years of psychoanalysis, 1907 - 1913 & is based on the 1000 letters shared by both men. (more...)

Ken Wydro's SECRETS Plays TBG Theatre, Now thru 3/10Ken Wydro's SECRETS Plays TBG Theatre, Now thru 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2013

SECRETS, The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung, an original play written and directed by Ken Wydro, is being presented at TBG Theatre, February 11-March 10. (more...)

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Presents A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT at Dempsey Theater TodayVy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir Presents A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT at Dempsey Theater Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2012

VY HIGGINSEN'S GOSPEL FOR TEENS: A HARLEM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT will take place at The Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 127th Street (between Lenox and 7th Aves) tonight, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Mama Foundation and the Gospel for Teens program. (more...)

ALIVE! at The Dempsey Theater to be Featured on 60 MINUTESALIVE! at The Dempsey Theater to be Featured on 60 MINUTES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

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. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, ALIVE! returns to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall - performing Saturday matinees on October 4th and 18th, November 1st, 15th and 22nd at 2 PM. ALIVE! will be profiled by Lesley Stahl in an upcoming "60 Minutes" news story that will air later this year (Ms. Stahl previously profiled The Mama Foundation's Gospel for Teens program in a 2012 Emmy Award-winning feature). Tickets to ALIVE! are $35 and are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at mamafoundation.org (or through SmartTix.com). (more...)

Epic Theatre Ensemble to Stage RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, 4/16-5/4Epic Theatre Ensemble to Stage RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, 4/16-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2013

The Award-Winning Epic Theatre Ensemble, now in their 12th year presents William Shakespeare's RICHARD III: Born With Teeth, part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The production, directed by Ron Russell, begins previews Off-Broadway on Tuesday, April 16th and opens Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 PM at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). The play will run through May 4th. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2013

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

Harlem Records Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude' TodayHarlem Records Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude' Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2013

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

Epic Theatre Ensemble Stages RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, Now thru 5/4Epic Theatre Ensemble Stages RICHARD III: BORN WITH TEETH Off-Broadway, Now thru 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2013

The Award-Winning Epic Theatre Ensemble, now in their 12th year presents William Shakespeare's RICHARD III: Born With Teeth, part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The production, directed by Ron Russell, begins previews Off-Broadway tonight, Tuesday, April 16th and opens Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 PM at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). The play will run through May 4th. (more...)

Harlem Records to Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude', 4/29Harlem Records to Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude', 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. (more...)

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