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Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall

Performances took place on July 17th and 18th.

Producers Richard Bell, N'Kenge, Park Row Equity Partners, Tegan Summer, Sam Williams, Michael Loeb and Derow Enterprises, in association with Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts and LBlakes Partners, recently presented "The Songs of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical," at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall. Held July 17th and 18th, the 11 cast members performed selections from the hotly-anticipated new production of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical, which celebrates the life and legacy of pioneering actress Dorothy Dandridge. With book and lyrics by Trey Ellis and music and lyrics by Shelton L. Becton, the presentation was directed by Tamara Tunie.

Leading the cast in the title role was N'Kenge, who recently co-starred in the Tony Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change, with Tony nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof, Something Rotten! The Band's Visit and Caroline, Or Change) as Earl Mills, Aisha De Haas (Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, RENT and Caroline, Or Change) as Ruby Dandridge, and Phillip Attmore (Shuffle Along, Hello, Dolly!) as Harold Nicholas.

The cast also included Jeremy Webb as Otto Preminger, Mac Award winner Dawn Derow as Marilyn Monroe, Dominic Nolfi as Jack Dennison, Trisha Jeffrey as Vivian Dandridge, Natalie Renee as Etta Jones, Dewitt Fleming Jr as Phil Moore, and Grace Field as the Marilyn Monroe stand by.

On both nights, the shows were performed to an exuberantly cheering audience that included several theater stars and industry members. An intimate reception followed each show at the Red Eye Grill where the cast and creative team mingled with industry VIPs over champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

N'Kenge, the musical's conceiver and lead producer, said, "Our 2-night presentation was an absolute labor of love. It was wonderful to see the public excited about this iconic story. Developing a musical takes a village and Carnegie Hall was a glorious way to give people a sneak peek of this very special show."

Tamara Tunie said, "A lot of hard work, culminated in an evening of original music and song, that did EXACTLY what I hoped it would do: create a buzz, garner financial support, and leave the audience wanting MORE! They left Zankel Hall vibrating! It's only the beginning!"

Colleen Winney of LBlakes Partners summed it up: "N'Kenge delivered knockout performances. Get ready Broadway. Dorothy will WOW!"

Photos provided by Victor Lee and Neal Bennington.

Special thanks to the Park Central Hotel.

Find out more about supporting this exciting new show at: DorothyDandridgeMusical.com

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Jeffrey Quezada, Tamara Tunie and Tay Tiwoni

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Edna Chew Alston, Vickie Maybrey, Randall Pinkston and Tamara Tunie

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Eric Falkenstein, Jamie deRoy, Paula Kaminsky Davis, N'Kenge and Rolanda Watts

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Donna Trinkoff, N'Kenge, Rachel Klein and Jim Kierstead

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Eric Falkenstein and Jamie deRoy

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Lillias White and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dewitt Fleming, Jr., Jennie Harney-Fleming and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Stephanie Rosenberg, Linda Chichester and Grace Field

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Alexander Bello, John Cariani and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Alan Steinberg and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Link Blake and Colleen Winney

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dawn Derow and Lindell Blake

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
John Cariani and Dominic Nolfi

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Phillip Attmore, Grace Field and Dewitt Fleming, Jr

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Phillip Attmore and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Phillip Attmore as Harold Nicholas

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dewitt Fleming, Jr as Phil Moore, N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge, Phillip Attmore as Harold Nicholas

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Trisha Jeffrey as Vivian Dandridge, N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge, Natalie Renee as Etta Jones

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dawn Derow as Marilyn Monroe and N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Trisha Jeffrey, Phillip Attmore, N'Kenge and Lillias White

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Trey Ellis, Natalie Renee, Shelton Becton

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dewitt Fleming, Jr as Phil Moore, N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Attmore as Harold Nicholas

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Jeremy Webb as Otto Preminger

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dawn Derow as Marilyn Monroe

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
John Cariani as Earl Mills

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
N'Kenge as Dorothy Dandridge, Phillip Attmore as Harold Nicholas

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
The Cast and Creative Team of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical - backstage at Carnegie Hall

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Tamara Tunie and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Dawn Derow, Tamara Tunie and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Natalie Renee, Dawn Derow, Tamara Tunie and N'Kenge

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall
Matthew Bauman, N'Kenge, Kenneth Metzger and Colleen Winney

Photos: Inside the Two-Night Presentation Of THE SONGS OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! THE MUSICAL at Carnegie Hall

Dewitt Fleming, Jr, Jennie Harney-Fleming, Jeremy Webb and Nat Chandler

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