MOTOWN's N'Kenge Performs Excerpts from AKHENATEN: THE MUSICAL This Weekend
N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim), returns to Queens Library in a Free Concert as a featured soloist performing excerpts from the Broadway-Bound Akhenaten: The Musical. Selections will range from her leading role as Queen Ti to the role of Nefertiti. N'Kenge will be joined by Seph Stanek along with a team of ensemble members under the direction of Charles Czarnecki.
Akhenaten: The Musical takes us back to the time of the Egyptian Pharoah Amenhotep IV, who loved his wife Nefertiti above all things and who, with her support, fought the powerful priesthood and replaced the worship of many Gods with the worship of one: Aten.
Book is by Hisham Abdel Khalek and Mohamed Metwally (Lyrics) with Music by Hesham Nazih. Seph Stanek is currently appearing Off-Broadway in Naked Boys Singing. Charles Czarnecki made his Broadway debut conducting Jersey Boys and his Carnegie Hall debut conducting and orchestrating for the New York Pops.
NY Post called N'Kenge "Electrifying" in the role of Mary Wells in Broadway's Hit Motown: The Musical. She made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Vanessa Williams, Barbara Cook and Norm Lewis. N'Kenge made her West End debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles and has been hailed by Variety as "a sensational powerhouse of a singer packed in a lithe body". N'Kenge made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra under the baton of Steven Reineke where NY Times called her "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop Soul to Opera". For recording and concerts, visit N'Kenge at www.nkengemusic.com.
Producers Hisham Abdel Khalek and Olivier Delesse will discuss the evolution of Akhenaten: The Musical and will conduct a questions-and-answers session following the performance. Check out Queens Library's Interview with Producer Hisham Abdel Khalek here.
The performance is today, February 7, 2015 at 4:30PM at the Central Library (Auditorium). Admission is Free. Queens Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica 718-990-0778. Train: F to 169th Street. Bus: Numerous buses go to the 165th Street bus terminal.
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