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Melissa Errico, Peggy Noonan and More are Coming to The Sheen Center This Spring Photo Melissa Errico, Peggy Noonan and More are Coming to The Sheen Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020

The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, the arts center of the Archdiocese of New York, has announced highlights of its 2020 Spring season, a rich mix of theater, film, music, author's nights, gallery exhibitions, and talk events featuring artists and thought leaders including Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist and author Peggy Noonan; New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks, and Director of The Philanthropy Roundtable's Character Initiative and author Anne Snyder; Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ; a rousing evening of gospel music from Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem choir; celebrated composer and big bandleader Darcy James Argue plus the New England Conservatory Alumni Big Band; Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico and multi-award winning New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik; singer, songwriter, and acclaimed clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn and genre-bending composer, guzheng virtuoso and vocalist from Beijing Wu Fei; and events tackling thought-provoking topical themes including justice in underserved communities, the protection of immigrants to America, and the inspiration of Sr. Thea Bowman and other Servants of God.

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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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).

Photo Flash: THE MOTH Pops Up at Harlem Week Photo Photo Flash: THE MOTH Pops Up at Harlem Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019

Storytelling nonprofit The Moth – the force behind the Peabody Award-winning public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour, and the ultra-popular eponymous podcast, which is downloaded 70 million times a year – hosted The Moth Pop-Up Story Pitch Event on Saturday, August 17th as part of Harlem Week's “Summer in the City” celebration.

NYS SUMMER STAGE In Harlem Lineup Announced Photo NYS SUMMER STAGE In Harlem Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2019

RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, New York State Office of General Services (OGS) today announced the lineup for New York State's Summer Stage in Harlem 2019 series of free concerts that will be presented from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building at 163 West 125th Street in Harlem.

The Shed Opens This Friday With Specially Commissioned New Works Photo The Shed Opens This Friday With Specially Commissioned New Works
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019

The Shed, New York City's new arts center dedicated to commissioning, develops, and presents original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences, will open to the public on April 5 with the world premiere of Soundtrack of America. The five-night concert series, conceived and directed by Steve McQueen with a creative team led by Quincy Jones and Maureen Mahon, celebrates the unrivaled impact of African American music on contemporary culture with performances by a new generation of artists. A free live stream of the April 5 concert will be available on The Shed's website, TheShed.org, and its social media channels.

Two Musicals Announce Return to Mama Foundation for the Arts Photo Two Musicals Announce Return to Mama Foundation for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - 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.

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 BWW News Desk - 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.

THE 60'S FESTIVAL Kicks Off In January with A Tribute To Dr. Martn Luther King Jr. an Photo THE 60'S FESTIVAL Kicks Off In January with A Tribute To Dr. Martn Luther King Jr. and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Beginning this month, Carnegie Hall presents The '60s: The Years that Changed America, a citywide festival from January 14-March 24, 2018, featuring an expansive array of events to be presented at Carnegie Hall and at more than 35 leading partner cultural institutions throughout New York City and beyond. This special exploration of the '60s invites audiences to explore this turbulent decade through the lens of arts and culture, including music's role as a meaningful vehicle to inspire social change.

AMNH Announces Kwanzaa Celebration On 12/30 Photo AMNH Announces Kwanzaa Celebration On 12/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2017

The flare and pageantry of 20 drummers from the Brooklyn United Marching Band, and an electric performance by Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir, will open this year's Kwanzaa Celebration. Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Dr. Linda H. Humes will take visitors through the core principles of Kwanzaa, followed by gospel-infused tunes from a cappella legends The Persuasions.

The Apollo Announces MLK Celebration And Black History Month Programming For 2018 Photo The Apollo Announces MLK Celebration And Black History Month Programming For 2018
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

On Sunday, January 14 at 3pm, the Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the fifth year to present WNYC's 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, 50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred, as part of the Apollo's Uptown Hall series.

Carnegie Hall to Present The '60s: The Years That Changed America Photo Carnegie Hall to Present The '60s: The Years That Changed America
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

From January 14-March 24, 2018, Carnegie Hall presents The '60s: The Years that Changed America, a citywide festival exploring the turbulent decade that was the 1960s through the lens of arts and culture, including music's role as a meaningful vehicle to inspire social change.

Photo Flash: Inside the Sing for Hope Piano Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Roberta Flac Photo Photo Flash: Inside the Sing for Hope Piano Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Roberta Flack and Vy Higginsen
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

On October 26th, a Sing for Hope Piano was gifted to Vy Higginsen's organization Mama Foundation for the Arts during a musical celebration where teens from Mama Foundation for the Arts serenaded Roberta Flack and the star musician, best known for her classic #1 singles 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and 'Killing Me Softly with His Song,' delivered some advice to the students about their future musical endeavors.

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.

Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Adaptation Brings Friends, Feuds and Romance to  Photo Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Adaptation Brings Friends, Feuds and Romance to the Delacorte Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

The Public Theater begins performances for the free Public Works musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub tonight, September 1.

Free Public Works Musical Adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT Begins September 1 Photo Free Public Works Musical Adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT Begins September 1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

A friendly reminder! The Public Theater will begin performances for the free Public Works musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub on Friday, September 1.

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.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Shaina Taub and More to Lead Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT Musical at the Delacorte
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The Public Theater will kick off the 2017-18 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, and the company has just been announced!

Photo Flash: Gospel Singer Donny McClurkin Holds Pop-Up Master Class with Harlem Music School
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

On April 3rd, Gospel singer Donny McClurkin rendered a pop-up master class at the Mama Foundation for the Arts at the request of popular radio personality, producer and founder, Vy Higginsen. The students in attendance were from the from the top tier level of Gospel for Teens and the adult class, Wednesday Sings both taught by The Mama Foundation's Executive Music and Program Director, Knoelle Higginson. Scroll down for a photo!

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