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BWW TV: First Look at Black Ensemble Theater's ONE NAME ONLY


Black Ensemble Theater announces the World Premiere of One Name Only (A Different Kind of Reality Show), written and directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben Echoles. One Name Only is presented at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through November 11. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below.

One Name Only (A Different Kind of Reality Show) will feature the audience as they will decide the winner for the evening - raising the dramatic stakes and ensuring that every show is different.

As with all Black Ensemble Theater Productions, Robert Reddrick will serve as musical director, making the music the centerpiece of the action. The Black Ensemble Musicians include Robert Reddrick on drums, Tracy Baker on bass, HerBert Walker on guitar, Mark Moultry on piano, and horn section Bill McFarland, Paul Howard and Dudley Owens will set the house on fire.

The cast includes Black Ensemble audience favorites such as Katrina Miller (as Gladys Knight and Tina Turner), Dawn Bless (as Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin), and Dee Lane, Lydia Brown, Jerica Exum, Monique Miller, Ta-Tynisa Wilson, Ninah Snipes, A’rese Emokepae and Lisa Beasley as the fierce singing competitors, while Terry Francois, Brandon Homes, Lyle Miller and Dwight Neal are the men who round out the cast.

Tickets for One Name Only (A Different Kind of Reality Show) are $55 for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday matinees; and $65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. A 10% discount is available for students, seniors, and groups. Tickets are available by phone, (773) 769-4451, or online,

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