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MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL to Play One Night Only PerformanceMIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco," Sylvester, returns to New York City August 11th, 2018. MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL will play a one-night-only performance at The Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street) on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 (door at 7:00 PM and Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are priced at $79.50 - $99.50 and are now on sale via TicketMaster by calling 1.800.745.3000, or online at or

Produced by AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The DIVA Foundation, MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is Co-written by Anthony Wayne (Once On This Island, Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) who plays SYLVESTER and is Co-Written & Directed by Kendrell Bowman (An Evening with Phyllis Hyman, A Soulful Christmas, Queens of Soul).

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL stars Anthony Wayne as Sylvester, LaDonna Burns as Martha, Phyre Hawkins as Izora, and DeAnne Stewart and Rahmel McDade as the "Sylvester Singers." Ensemble includes Ivan Owens, Randy Castillo, Jaisson Restrepo, Gabriel Lawson, Gabriel Nesser and Spencer Pond.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL has costume design by Kendrell Bowman, lighting design by Stephanie P. Freed, and sound design by J. Rafe Carlotto. The choreographer is Anastacia McCleskey & Christopher F. Jackson and the music director is Alonzo Harris. Band includes T.W. Sample on Keyboards, Jason Patterson on Drums, Brett Calder on Guitar, James Cage on Trumpet and Mike Preen on Bass.

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 - December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, he became known in the United States as the "Queen of Disco." Born in Watts, LA, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choirs of his Pentecostal church, which he left after being persecuted for his homosexuality. His career started as an early founder of a group of black cross-dressers and trans women known as The Disquotays. After that group disbanded, he moved to San Francisco and embraced the counterculture, joining a drag troupe, The Cockettes, and he eventually produced solo shows heavily influenced by female blues and jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. Sylvester left the Cockettes to focus on his solo career, and by 1978, his acclaimed album Step II spawned the disco classics "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)." He released 12 albums in his career, and had several more hits, including "Do Ya Wanna Funk," and "Can't Stop Dancing." An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988. In 2004, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and one year later in 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL (formerly known as Fabulous, One More Time) began a series of concerts at le poisson rouge in New York City in 2012. These early concerts were followed by sold-out performances at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. in January 2013, and additional concerts in Miami soon followed. MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL made its Off-Broadway premiere in an acclaimed one-month limited engagement at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 W. 46th Street) in September 2014. In 2015 & 2016, the musical headed west to The BRAVA! Theater in San Francisco for a limited engagement, and performances/engagements followed in Philadelphia, D.C., and Atlanta. The show is current being prepared for Broadway.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL was nominated for a Off-Broadway Alliance Award and a AUDELCO Award for Best New Musical. Mr. Wayne was featured as one of Out Magazine's "Out 100" for his role as SYLVESTER. MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL was also featured in the acclaimed music documentary series "Unsung: Revisted".

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is proudly co-presented by Sheryl Lee Ralph and The DIVA Foundation. Ms. Ralph's award-winning body of work in film, television and the Broadway stage includes originating the role of Deena Jones in the landmark musical Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations) as well as the role of Muzzy van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She can currently be seen in the hit TV series "Instant Mom" on Nickelodeon and "Ray Donovan" on Showtime. A passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware) Foundation, a 501(C) 3 she created in memory of the many friends she has lost to HIV/AIDS. In the work of "Driving Infectious Viruses Away," The DIVA Foundation focuses on raising awareness, erasing stigma and discrimination, testing, and lowering the HIV infection rate - especially as it pertains to women and young people. As an artist, Sheryl believes in the transformational power of the arts and works to develop new, effective and creative programs to combat the disease. The Foundation disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically feminine point of view. Visit

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Live Original Cast Recording is available online on iTunes and CD Baby.

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