Broadway's N'Kenge to Star in the Return of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE
N'Kenge just returned from her sold out symphonic tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Chautauqua Symphony and is thrilled to return to her home town to perform in this special three-week return of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE: A Celebration of Atlantic City's Famed Club Harlem at Aaron Davis Hall in New York beginning on Thursday, July 12. Described as "a party you don't want to miss" by Broadway star Maurice Hines," On Kentucky Avenue" transports audiences through time to the heyday of Club Harlem and offers them a fictional musical inspired by a real place: Kentucky Avenue, the center of African-American life in Atlantic City. Opened in 1935, Club Harlem quickly became the number-one destination for black performers in Atlantic City.
This Opera/Pop Broadway Songstress was the first recipient to receive the ASCAP Lieber & Stoller Award and has been called 'Electrifying' by the NY Post for her role as Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's "Motown: The Musical", N'Kenge has also been described as "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop Soul to Opera" by The New York Times. Berry Gordy calls her "the most versatile artist I know"! N'Kenge made her Carnegie Hall debut with The New York Pops Orchestra and has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis and the late great Ornette Coleman at Lincoln Center. Nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress in both the title role of AIDA and 3 Mo'Divas, N'Kenge made her West End, London debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles and was seen on National TV singing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden.
N'Kenge Stars in the role of Jazz in the Broadway Bound Musical DANGEROUS Helmed by Director/Choreographer Denis Jones. N'Kenge will also star in the upcoming Off-Broadway 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. N'Kenge is proud to be the Brand Ambassador to celebrities' new go-to celebrity cosmetic line "Sheree Cosmetics" https://shereecosmetics.com/ and popular sunglasses line "Velvet Eyewear" https://velveteyewear.com/, known for their luxurious quality and style. For more info on N'Kenge's Concert tour and recordings, visit her at www.nkengemusic.com.
"On Kentucky Avenue" is Directed by Lee Summers, produced by Adam Wade, with scenic design by Ty Stephens, Piero Ramos and Yvette Spellman, choreography by Ty Stephens, swing choreographer and tap consulting by Mickey Davidson, costume design by Pearl Williams and Ty Stephens and musical direction by Richard Cummings Jr. Principal cast members include Ty Stephens, Andricka Hall, Ramona Dunlap and Count Stovall and Lee Summers with a dazzling ensemble. "On Kentucky Avenue" features '60s chart-topping music plus an original score true to the era.
The show runs July 12 through July 28, Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $25 online at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York, at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue). For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900. City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts.