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Broadway's N'Kenge Tapped for Reading of New Musical DOROTHY

Helen Hayes nominee N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical, Sondheim and Sondheim) will play the title role of a presentation of a new musical DOROTHY, produced by Richard Bell (Bubbling Brown Sugar) with book, music & lyrics by award-winning playwright/composer Robert Mitchell (Vincent, Frankenstein), featuring musical direction by Josh Kight. The presentation will be held tomorrow, June 9th, 2017 at 11:00AM at the private club The Players for industry guests.

N'Kenge will be joined by Jason Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Practice) as Otto Preminger, Tom Schwans (Dracula) as Earl Mills and Lawrence Cummings (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Harry Belafonte. To complete the cast, there will be Christian Bianco (Application Pending), Monte J. Howell (NYC Center Encores), Ashanti J'Aria (Disaster), John Preator (American Idol) and Maia Wilson (Book of Mormon).

DOROTHY, a new musical inspired by the life and music of Legendary Singer/Actress/Dancer Dorothy Dandridge. The first African-American nominated for an Academy Award in the category of "Best Leading Actress" in a major Motion Picture for Carmen Jones. Spanning her career from1955 until her death with a series of flashbacks with a series of flashbacks to her childhood, the musical follows Dorothy Dandridge's triumphs and tragedies through her many film roles, repeated attempts of relationships with white lovers, the disappointment of her mentally handicapped daughter, financial ruin and eventual abuse of alcohol and pills.

The NY Post called N'Kenge "Electrifying" in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's Smash Hit Motown: The Musical. N'Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis and Tom Wopat which was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. In London, N'Kenge made her West End debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles. She was hailed by NY Times as "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop Soul to Opera". N'Kenge starred in the Michael Jackson Tribute Show World Tour and has also been seen as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra to name a few.

Industry members interested in attending may contact dorothythemusical@gmail.com.

You can learn more about N'Kenge at www.nkengemusic.com.


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