Capithia Jenkins & Louis Rosen Salute 'Phenomenal Woman' at Joe's Pub 3/20 and 3/27

Broadway star Capathia Jenkins (CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, THE CIVIL WAR, THE LOOK OF LOVE) and award-winning composer LOUIS ROSEN join forces March 20 and 27 at Joe's Pub for a new musical evening called "PHENOMENAL WOMAN," celebrating the poetry of Maya Angelou. This blending of contemporary American song styles is deeply rooted in jazz, blues and popular music. In addition to Mr. Rosen's twelve-song suite set to the words of Maya Angelou, the evening also includes songs from "Dream Suite," set to the words of Langston Hughes, and his "South Side Songs." Louis Rosen and Capathia Jenkins will be joined by pianist David Loud at Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette Street. There is a $20 cover with a two drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.joespub.com for more information.

MAYA ANGELOU, American author, poet and playwright, is perhaps best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, about a young black girl growing up during the Great Depression. Louis Rosen said, "Dr. Angelou's moving poetry transcends the black experience to touch us all. Capathia and I were thrilled and honored when she gave "Phenomenal Woman" her approval and blessings."

Capathia Jenkins has appeared in the original Broadway casts of THE CIVIL WAR, THE LOOK OF LOVE and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE and in the recent Off-Broadway revival of GODSPELL. National and European tours include DREAMGIRLS, BUBBLIN' BROWN SUGAR, SOPHISTOCATED RHYTHMS and UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT and she has appeared in regional productions of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and CHILDREN OF EDEN. In addition to her own CD "INTRODUCING CAPATHIA" she can be heard on the soundtracks of Chicago, Legally Blonde 2. She recently starred in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE in LA and SF.

Composer/lyricist/librettist and author LOUIS ROSEN's works for the theater include BOOK OF THE NIGHT (music and co-libretto), A CHILD'S GARDEN (music and co-libretto) and the up-coming THE PEARL (music), adapted from a novella by John Steinbeck. His musical scores for plays have been heard on and off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, Roundabout, Circle in the Square (Broadway), The Public and at the Delacorte in Central Park, as well as at major regional theaters around the country.

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