Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean To Headline the Apollo with Holiday Concert
On Monday, December 17, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Erivo and Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean star in a one-night-only Holiday Concert Event, Night Divine, at Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater. Night Divine is an evening of music inspired by classic holiday TV variety shows. This soulful musical celebration will feature new arrangements of holiday favorites, performed by a 15-piece orchestra, with songs including "O Holy Night," "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Santa Baby." Erivo and Bean will be joined by Santa's list of super-star special guests, creating a bit of heaven on earth and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, as they blow the roof off with their one-of-a-kind voices.
Bean and Erivo first met in 2014 while performing together in a London concert. The two recently shared the stage at Bean's album concert at The Apollo Theater this past summer, and in 2017 the duo released their hit cover video of Taylor Swift's "I Did Something Bad," which garnered a frenzy of media attention, millions of views, and earned high praise from Swift herself.
The concert is produced and presented by the team behind Los Angeles' beloved "For The Record" series as part of new programming titled, "For The Record Presents." These concert presentations highlight artists who have inspired For The Record's unique brand and have been involved with the show's development over the years. These artists are curated from a vibrant tapestry of independent artists who make up the city of Angels. Regarding Night Divine, "Nothing brings people together to celebrate the spirit of the season like music," says Executive Producer Shane Scheel, "and no one pulls an audience in with soul, charisma, and charm like these two dynamic powerhouses."
Cynthia Erivo is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress who will next be seen starring in Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale alongside Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, and Jon Hamm as well as in Steve McQueen's Widows alongside Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki. Best known for her award-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of "The Color Purple", she will next take on the iconic role of Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' forthcoming film about her life, "Harriet. In addition to her stage and film career, Erivo is an accomplished songwriter, having written the song, "Fly Before You Fall," for the 2014 feature film Beyond the Lights. In March 2015, she made her solo concert debut with the show entitled "Hear My Soul" at Kings Place in London. In September 2016, Erivo starred as 'Cathy' alongside Joshua Henry in a one-night benefit concert performance of Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years," with proceeds going to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In February 2017, Erivo performed alongside John Legend at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. She also performed at the Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars celebration, on February 26, 2017 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. In summer of 2017, she wrote the song "Jump" for the documentary STEP, which won her the 2017 Critics Choice Award for Best Original Song in a Documentary.
Shoshana Bean made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray before taking over for Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked and has performed all over the world with artists such as Ariana Grande, Brian McKnight, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), David Foster and Michael Jackson. Her latest album, Spectrum, quickly hit #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts upon release. Her three solo albums have topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK: Superhero (2008), O'Farrell Street (2013) and Shadows To Light (2013), which debuted at #10 on Billboard's Blues Albums charts. She has amassed millions of views on YouTube, most recently her cover of Taylor Swift's "I Did Something Bad" garnered a frenzy of media attention, as well as earned high praise from Swift herself.
Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm on Monday, December 17th. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 W 125th St. Tickets available are available HERE or at the Apollo Theater Box Office. VIP packages also available that include an artist meet and greet following the show.
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