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David Edward Perry

David Edward Perry In 1975 our family went to New York to see the original Broadway production of The Wiz. I will never forget the power of that performance and how wonderful it made me feel. Even though I was 4, I knew right then that I wanted to be an actor. My performing career has been an adventure. Running a gambit doing stage, television, sketch comedy and film. Ive been nominated for a NAACP Best Actor Award for portraying Booker T. Washington in the musical Ragtime. Performed at L.A. Festival of Sketch Comedy. Created my own traveling children's show to promote literacy ( and Birmingham's sketch comedy (

I love the stage and the stories that inspire. My soul smiles when I experience theater that is enriching and memorable. It is a privilege to share these feeling with you.


BWW Review: RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE'S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Gets You into the Spirit Through the Eyes of a Child
December 10, 2021

Red Mountain Theatre’s Holiday Spectacular” is a joyful celebration of song, laughter, togetherness, and hope. Things with COVID may have dulled your view of unity right now. This production clears the isolation fog and allows you to believe in miracles again seeing with the eyes of a child.

BWW Review: The Touring Company of WAITRESS Brought Flavor, Song, and Heart to the BJCC CONCERT HALL
November 9, 2021

If you are skilled in the kitchen you know sugar, butter and flour are the holy trinity of baking.  “Waitress” is a moving musical made with a similar simple recipe. Take two people, mix them with love, and let it rise. 

BWW Review: BACK TO BROADWAY Sparks Memories with Musical Theatre Magic at RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE
October 29, 2021

If you heard a thunderous boom last night, it wasn't Doc Brown's DeLorean. It was Red Mountain Theatre's singing at 88mph, sending Birmingham 'Back To Broadway'. This high-energy musical theater revue is the perfect kick off for the inaugural season at Red Mountain Theatre's brand new art campus in Parkside.

BWW Review: PUFFS at BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL THEATRE Conjurers Laughs, Wow, and Fun Satire About a Certain Boy Wizard
October 27, 2021

'Puffs' at Birmingham Festival Theatre is a comedy that takes great liberties with the hit stories of a certain popular young wizard. An enchanted cast that is fearlessly rambunctious electrifies 'Puffs'. Director Kelsey Crawford's magic gets you under the spell of the show right from the jump. If you are a Harry Potter fan, 'Puffs' is a must see performance. Written by Matt Cox 'Puffs' focuses on this less notable house at the big school for wizards. It's not the house of the brave ones, the smart ones or the snakey ones. This is house of Puff! Home to the outcasts, weirdos, and lesser-known children at the Wizarding School who never get a second glance. They are gleeful to fail, and are never a threat. With Puffs, it's third or nothing!

BWW Review: NATALIE NEEDS A NIGHTIE Fills Your Chest with Laughter at HOMEWOOD THEATRE
October 25, 2021

'Natalie Needs a Nightie' skillfully laces misdirection and great comedic performances by a hilarious cast. It lifts you in all the right places. Hugs all the curves using smart sexual innuendos. It's so comfortable you leave wanting to buy another pair, of tickets.

BWW Review: UAB Department Of Theatre's GODSPELL Fills You With the Joyful Spirit of Love, Peace, and Community
October 14, 2021

'Godspell' is a celebration of humanity and spirituality, free from any specific religion. it's a song filled ride about peace, love and hope for us all to be better people in a larger community.

BWW Review: ISN'T IT ROMANTIC Brought Laughs and Reflection at HOMEWOOD THEATRE
March 4, 2020

Harriet (Karen Marie Black) is a highrise uptown girl and Janie (Sara James) who is unmotivated and heavy on the chutzpah. These two young women are facing a dilemma in trying to find and fit all of their life expectations into a self-imposed small box labeled 'you can have it all' in the romantic comedy 'Isn't It Romantic' at Homewood Theatre.

BWW Interview: Director Max McLean Bares His Soul on Spiritual Warfare in C.S. Lewis' THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS at BJCC CONCERT HALL
February 2, 2020

Max McLean is president and artistic director of Fellowship for Performing Arts. They have a long history of producing theatre from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. The weekend they bring Birmingham a captivating production of C.S.Lewis' Screwtape Letters. McLean shares insight with me into this ten year running production and his passion for blending faith and the arts.

BWW Exclusive Interview: Creative Music Powerhouse Scott Bradlee Shares on Developing Himself and the Sound of Postmodern Jukebox in his Book - 'OUTSIDE THE JUKEBOX'
January 10, 2020

Scott Bradlee shares on going from a creative kid to living his dream as the creative head of Postmodern Jukebox in his book 'Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession into My Dream Gig.' His interview gives a candid and inspiring look into moments, conversions, and reflections in his long career growing the success of Postmodern Jukebox.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES Sings with Spirited Voices of Love, Redemption, and Revolution at BJCC CONCERT HALL
January 8, 2020

This new revival of 'Les Misérables' is alive and bellows with the rising voice of the people. The creative presentation delivers high production value, memorable talent. The end result created an unexpected experience as if I was viewing 'Les Misérables' for the first time with fresh eyes. Performances of the iconic songs 'I Dreamed A Dream,' 'On My Own,' 'Stars,' 'Bring Him Home,' and 'One Day More' will strike a cord in your spirit.

BWW Exclusive Interview: A Reflective Conversation With Kind and Talented Actress Jillian Bell from 'Brittany Runs a Marathon'
January 2, 2020

Actress Jillian Bell successes have been growing like comedy kudzu as a result of her bright spirit and comedic brilliance. Bell consistently shines in memorable performances including 'Brittany Runs a Marathon', '22 Jump Street', 'Workaholics', ''Idiotsitter', 'Bless The Harts', and the comedy 'Sword of Trust' filmed in Birmingham. We chatted recently about running on the road of her career.

BWW Review: Theatre UAB's THE WOLVES Howl With Powerful Female Centric Voices at The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
November 15, 2019

Theatre UAB is offering an exceptional new play that highlights the voice of young women in the practice field to adulthood. 'The Wolves' is writer Sarah DeLappe's strikingly fresh and female centric drama. I found this play to be an enlightening and engaging look into the lives of nine completely different but competitive teenage girls on a high school soccer team. The play is structured as often-overlapping conversations play out over a series of practices. The 'real on the field' stems from the cause and effect of the girls lives getting into position for adulthood. The goals are made as relationships are tested, broken, and built between the team. The rare all female cast and production team radiate an exciting energy into 'The Wolves.'

BWW Feature: THEATRE DOWNTOWN'S Unexpected Last Show on 5th Ave. MR. BURNS Will Mark the End of a Chapter for this Community Theatre With Heart.
November 14, 2019

Theatre Downtown has to relocate to a new building and will be shuttering up it doors on 5th Ave next weekend. Come enjoy their production 'Mr. Burns!' before they move out. Theatre Downtown's artistic luster shines from love given from a collective community of committed actors, crew, volunteers, and patrons that make home in their hearts to original theater you won't find anywhere else.

BWW Review: The Alabama Symphony Orchestra Brought a Spirited Performance of GHOSTBUSTERS IN CONCERT
November 1, 2019

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra recently conjured the Ghostbusters incredible music by Elmer Bernstein. They crossed the streams, making a musical walk down memory lane much more magical. Everyone was entranced as the live music faced the scary sweetness of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

BWW Review: Peace, Love, and the Sun Shines in Theatre UAB's HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL at Alys Stephens Center.
October 18, 2019

Theatre UAB is offering a rendition of 'Hair' worth breaking out your vintage Rolling Stones T-Shirt or fringe vest and bell-bottoms. Theatre UAB has produced a wonderfully entertaining, and relevant and modernized rendition of this classic rock musical. This is for the youthful spirited, and those who want to make love, and not war.

BWW Review: CLOWN BAR Serves Up a Cocktail of Comical Clown-Noir at THEATRE DOWNTOWN.
September 20, 2019

'Clown Bar' is a dive worth visiting.This pulp fiction novel stained with grease paint is a detective tale set on the mean streets of the clown underworld. Happy (Jonathan Sweatt ) is an ex-clown headliner turned detective. He returns to his old stomping grounds on a vengeance to flush out the clown who killed his brother Timmy (Zach Tarwater) It's comical cotton candy chaos, and Ringling Bros' raunchy.

BWW Interview: Director Whitney Renfroe Infuses Dance and Painting in Formations Dance Company's Original Performance PERMANENCE at Forma Arts + Wellness
September 9, 2019

Imagine if Sydney Pollack and Michal Baryshnikov collaborated on making art on canvas. With every move of the dancers body, a path of colored paint is applied to a canvas. Formations Dance Company brings this concept to life in 'Permanence.' Director Whitney Renfroe is very excited to bring contemporary dance to audiences in an exciting, fresh, and unconventional experience. If you are not connoisseur of dance, this creative performance will change your palate with an artisan flair. 

BWW Interview: ANTHEM FOR THE MIDDLE AGED BAND Energetically Brings The Band Back Together at The Sidewalk Film Festival
August 30, 2019

'Anthem for the Middle Aged Band' is a film that shows how a band is a family. Like any tight relationship that is worth a damn, breaking up was not easy. Time had to work its course to lead them to a collective resolve, and eventually to spark fire in constructive creativity.

August 23, 2019

The Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Company steps to the plate with fierceness and momentum in its inaugural performance of the Tony award winning musical  a?oeChoir Boy.a?? This coming of age musical delivers a layered structure backed up with dynamic acting, and vocals from a cast of young men of color. The subjects of class, race and sexuality are exposed with extremely emotional results.

BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Brings Spiritual Laughs to SOUTH CITY THEATRE With an Old Timey Family Roadshow
August 17, 2019

'Smoke on the Mountain' is a entertaining and uplifting show about a 1938 traveling family roadshow bringing gospel music, bluegrass and more. South City Theatre brings this touring performance from church to church for just a few weeks. Even if you are not a religious person, you will find this show to be fun and delightful in character work and music.

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