Broadway Diva N'Kenge to Join the Indianapolis Symphony Next Month
Known for her powerful and riveting vocals, Broadway's Darling N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical and Sondheim and Sondheim) will grace the stage in a Broadway Diva's collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor, Jack Everly for four concerts. Performances at the Hilbert Circle Theatre will be Friday, October 2 at 11:00am (which is a truncated program for the Coffee Pops Series) and 8:00PM; Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00pm and Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 the Broadway Divas concert will move to Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN for a 3:00PM show.
Not to be missed, N'Kenge is known to have audiences rising to their feet once their ears have witnessed this Diva's vocal ability. She will be joined on stage by fellow Leading Ladies from the Broadway Stage: Christina Bianco; Mandy Gonzalez and Kristen Plumley. These ladies will be belting out songs from shows that are the best of Broadway - Les Miserable; Porgy and Bess; Annie; Chicago; My Fair Lady and much more. You won't be able to sit down when N'Kenge sings hits such as "Summertime", "Mein Herr" and the show-stopping number from Dreamgirls "And I Am Telling You".
The NY Post called N'Kenge "Electrifying" in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's Smash Hit Motown: The Musical. N'Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis and Tom Wopat which was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. In London, N'Kenge made her West End debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles. She was hailed by NY Times as "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop Soul to Opera". N'Kenge was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress by Helen Hayes Awards in DC for her performance in 3 Mo'Divas and Nominated by Arizoni Awards for Best Actress in the lead role of Elton John's Aida. N'Kenge performed at the Library of Congress which was broadcast worldwide on NPR and had the honor of performing for President Obama at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball. N'Kenge has also been seen as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Naples Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra to name a few.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by Krzysztof Urbanski, who is one of the industry's youngest Music Director's of a major American orchestra along with being one of the most acclaimed and respected young conductors in the world. ISO is known for performing a wide range of musical repertoire from great classical works to pops to family classics. After a successful run of sold out concerts with the Symphony this summer in BROAWAY DIVAS, N'Kenge is excited to return to ISO for another run this fall. It will be an experience unlike any other!
You can learn more about N'Kenge at www.nkengemusic.com. For more information on the show, visit www.indianapolissymphony.org/event-detail/broadway-divas-coffee.