Hairspray's Chester Gregory hits the Ars Nova

Ars Nova presents Chester Gregory as part of its Uncharted series for singer/songwriters.  Join Hairspray's Chester Gregory for a birthday bash that will give you better than cake: a night of his original songs that fuse R&B and soul with lyrics CDBaby.com dubs "poetically poignant and captivating."  With special guest Sasha Allen (Camp, Born to Diva, Bare) and musical direction by David Cook.  Sunday, December 5th at 7:30 PM at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street, just west of 10th Ave.).

Chester Gregory (composer/vocals) is currently playing "Seaweed" in Broadway's 8-time Tony award-winning musical Hairspray.  Previously, Gregory played "Jackie Wilson" in The Jackie Wilson Story (Black Ensemble Theatre, Chicago & U.S. tour).  Gregory debuted at the Chicago Theatre Company as "Isaac" in a play about The Fisk Jubilee Singers titled Train Is Comin' (Black Theatre Alliance Award, Best Actor nom.).  He appeared in numerous Black Ensemble Theatre Productions including Doo Wop Shoo Bop, The Otis Redding Story, and Chicago's Golden Soul.  Other credits include: Drowning Crow (Goodman Theatre) and Scapin (Court Theatre).  Gregory has performed for esteemed artists such as Stevie Wonder, Danny Glover, Stephanie Mills, Al Gore, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Michael Jackson and has recorded original music on his debut album, "Morning Starr."


David Cook (co-composer/keyboards) is currently the Musical Director and keyboardist for Jive Recording Artist JC Chasez.  David has also recorded and performed with Aerosmith, *NSYNC, Mary J. Blige, Richard Marx, The Miami Sound Machine, Samantha Mumba, Nelly and pop sensation Britney Spears, among others.

Ticket & Schedule Information

UNCHARTED: CHESTER GREGORY plays Sunday, December 5th at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $15.  To purchase, call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go to www.SmartTix.com.  Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, just west of 10th Ave.  Subway: C, E, to 50th Street, N, R, Q, W to 57th Street, or 1, 9 to Columbus Circle.  Beer, wine and refreshments are available at the bar.

Uncharted, curated by Resident Artist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, MTC), is a monthly series that blasts through industry blockades, providing a forum for burgeoning singer/songwriters to perform original music in front of a live audience.  Focusing on emerging talents who have yet to break the Billboard 100, this Ars Nova series sets out to cover a wide range of musical styles while providing music lovers and industry tastemakers an introduction to exciting new music and talents.

Ars Nova was built in the memory of Gabe Wiener to provide artists a space to develop and perform new works in an intimate audience setting.  Ars Nova produces theater, comedy and music events, making premium live entertainment accessible to a New York audience at affordable prices.  Ars Nova offers a free play reading series (Out Loud), an alternative music and comedy series (Thursdays at 10), a musical theater series (Broadway Spotlight), a singer/songwriter series (Uncharted) and in-house writers' workshops.  For more information, visit
www.arsnovanyc.com.

Upcoming & Ongoing events at Ars Nova:
OUT LOUD: ROOMMATES
By Julian Sheppard
Monday, 11/22 @ 7 PM
*Reservations required: 212-977-1700

THURSDAYS AT 10: THE HAZZARDS & MIKE BIRBIGLIA
Thursday, 11/18 @ 10 PM

THE 52ND ANNUAL DAVENPORT FAMILY X-MAS SPECTACULAR
Tuesday, 11/30 @ 8 PM
Tuesday, 12/7 @ 8 PM
Wednesday, 12/15 @ 10 PM

AUTOMATIC VAUDEVILLE
Thursday, 12/2 @ 10 PM

BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT: BARETT FOA
Monday, 12/6 @ 8 PM

AT LEAST IT'S PINK
Saturday, 12/11 @ 10 PM

CHELSEA PERETTI
Tuesday, 12/14 @ 8 PM
Thursday, 12/16 @ 10 PM

Special limited run:
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME
October 22 – December 18
Thursdays @ 8 PM
Fridays @ 8 PM & 10:30 PM
Saturdays @ 8 PM

To purchase tickets, please call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go online to
www.SmartTix.com.

For further information on our events, please call 212-977-1700.  Ars Nova is located at 511 W. 54th Street, just west of 10th Ave.

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