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The Mama Foundation Seeks Local Talent For MAMA, I WANT TO SING Photo The Mama Foundation Seeks Local Talent For MAMA, I WANT TO SING
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 18, 2019

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces open auditions for all roles in the upcoming performances of Mama, I Want to Sing, the classic gospel musical created by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro.  Auditions will take place on Saturday, September 28th (for those who sign up between 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm) at The Mama Foundation for the Arts, located at 149 West 126th Street (between 7th and Lenox Avenue). All roles are open; the leads are African American women in their ages 18 - 60; African American men ages 20s a?" 60; and ensemble soloists and chorus members of all ages and ethnicities.

MAMA, I WANT TO SING Celebrates Anniversary with Return to Original Theater Photo MAMA, I WANT TO SING Celebrates Anniversary with Return to Original Theater
by Julie Musbach - Aug 26, 2019

Mama, I Want to Sing, the classic gospel musical created by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, will celebrate a special 35th anniversary season this fall. Having been performed locally in Harlem, New York; as well as nationally and internationally for over three decades, Mama, I Want to Sing proudly returns to the theatre where it began, The Heckscher Theatre, now known as El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio, located at 1230 5th Avenue (at 104th Street).

Two Musicals Announce Return to Mama Foundation for the Arts Photo Two Musicals Announce Return to Mama Foundation for the Arts
by Julie Musbach - Sep 19, 2018

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return productions of two acclaimed musicals: ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' and Let the Music Play... Gospel! From the creators of Mama, I Want to Sing - the worldwide musical sensation - the two hit shows, back by popular demand, will run for six weeks only; performances begin on October 13, 2018 at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem.

Monica ‚ÄúMeaux‚ÄĚ Hope To Perform Award Winning Play At Historic Faison Firehouse Th Photo Monica ‚ÄúMeaux‚ÄĚ Hope To Perform Award Winning Play At Historic Faison Firehouse Theater In Harlem
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Monica Meaux Hope, the songwriter, vocalist, and playwright daughter of legendary jazz pianists Bertha Hope and the late Elmo Hope, will be performing a special presentation today, September 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Meaux wrote the book, lyrics and music for her play, Healing Fractures: A One Woman Show With Music, which won Best Singer in the New York Theater Festival 2017 Winterfest Competition.

Monica Meaux Hope HEALING FRACTURES to Premiere Today Photo Monica Meaux Hope HEALING FRACTURES to Premiere Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Monica Meaux Hope, the songwriter, vocalist, and playwright daughter of legendary jazz pianists Bertha Hope and the late Elmo Hope, will be performing a special presentation today, September 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Meaux wrote the book, lyrics and music for her play, Healing Fractures: A One Woman Show With Music, which won Best Singer in the New York Theater Festival 2017 Winterfest Competition.

Monica Meaux Hope HEALING FRACTURES to Premiere 9/19 Photo Monica Meaux Hope HEALING FRACTURES to Premiere 9/19
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 13, 2018

Monica Meaux Hope, the songwriter, vocalist, and playwright daughter of legendary jazz pianists Bertha Hope and the late Elmo Hope, will be performing a special presentation on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Meaux wrote the book, lyrics and music for her play, Healing Fractures: A One Woman Show With Music, which won Best Singer in the New York Theater Festival 2017 Winterfest Competition.

Monica ‚ÄúMeaux‚ÄĚ Hope To Perform Award Winning Play At Historic Faison Firehouse Th Photo Monica ‚ÄúMeaux‚ÄĚ Hope To Perform Award Winning Play At Historic Faison Firehouse Theater In Harlem
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2018

Monica Meaux Hope, the songwriter, vocalist, and playwright daughter of legendary jazz pianists Bertha Hope and the late Elmo Hope, will be performing a special presentation on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Meaux wrote the book, lyrics and music for her play, Healing Fractures: A One Woman Show With Music, which won Best Singer in the New York Theater Festival 2017 Winterfest Competition.

Mama Foundation for the Arts Announces Upcoming Fall 2018 Season Photo Mama Foundation for the Arts Announces Upcoming Fall 2018 Season
by Sarah Leiber - Sep 11, 2018

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return productions of two acclaimed musicals: ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' and Let the Music Play... Gospel! From the creators of Mama, I Want to Sing - the worldwide musical sensation - the two hit shows, back by popular demand, will run for six weeks only; performances begin on October 13, 2018 at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem.

Mama Foundation Presents LET THE MUSIC PLAY...GOSPEL! Photo Mama Foundation Presents LET THE MUSIC PLAY...GOSPEL!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 19, 2018

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand new production of their acclaimed musical, Let the Music Play... Gospel! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! - the worldwide musical sensation - Let the Music Play... Gospel! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring an intergenerational company of performers comprised of both younger and older adults; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). After a long running hit engagement in 1988, the joyous concert musical returns 30 years later, for an energized remounting; performances begin on April 7, 2018.

ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' Returns to Harlem Today Photo ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' Returns to Harlem Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2017

Back by popular demand for six more weeks, Vy Higginsen's smash hit, ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' returns for its 5th year to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127th Street) For a six-week engagement on Saturdays, today, October 14th, through November 18th at 1pm.

ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' to Return to Harlem This Fall Photo ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' to Return to Harlem This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Back by popular demand for six more weeks, Vy Higginsen's smash hit, ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' returns for its 5th year to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127th Street) For a six-week engagement on Saturdays, October 14th through November 18th at 1pm.

New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Industry Workshop
by Tyler Peterson - May 26, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will have an industry workshop performance on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem). www.WeAreTheMusical.com.

New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Pair of Industry Workshops This Spring
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 25, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will give two industry workshop performances, on Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127 Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem).

TRU & The Actors Temple to Host Writer-Producer Speed Date, 7/26
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 16, 2015

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with The Actors Temple, present the Writer-Producer Speed Date, The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at a **NEW LOCATION: The Actors Temple, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC** If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - we'd like that).

Mama Foundation Extends ALIVE! at The Dempsey Theater Into August
by Tyler Peterson - May 7, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts will extend the summer engagement of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! The show, originally scheduled to close on July 25, will now extend through August 8 at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th  Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). ALIVE! - from the creators of the worldwide musical sensation Mama, I Want To Sing! - is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. The show was seen in a hit engagement last fall and an in-depth feature on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" (available here).

Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents ALIVE!, Starting This Weekend in Harlem
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! -- the worldwide musical sensation -- ALIVE! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). After a hit engagement last fall and an in-depth feature on CBS-TV's '60 Minutes' (available here), ALIVE! will take the stage once again from today, April 11 to July 25.

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Stage Vy Higginsen & Ken Wydro's ALIVE! in Harlem, Starting This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! -- the worldwide musical sensation -- ALIVE! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues).

BWW Interviews: VY HIGGINSEN Executive Director, The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Co-Creator, ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN'
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 15, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Vy Higginsen, Executive Director, The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Co-Creator, ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' about her career and the show.

Mama Foundation Musical ALIVE! Set for 60 MINUTES
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 30, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces that its original musical ALIVE! -- a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over -- will be profiled by Lesley Stahl in "60 Minutes" news segment which will air on CBS this Sunday, January 4th at 7:00 PM (EST). Ms. Stahl previously profiled The Mama Foundation's world-renowned Gospel for Teens program in a 2012 Emmy Award-winning feature.

Mama Foundation Stages WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of MAMA, I WANT TO SING), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Todays, October 11 at 2 pm, Today, October 25 at 2 pm, and Today, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com.

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