Ada Bricktop Smith Is Coming Back To Her Roots In The World Premiere Of BRICKTOP At GVT
Gabrielle Lee will play Bricktop in Greenbrier Valley Theatre's World Premiere of Ada "Bricktop" Smith -Legend of the Jazz Age, a one-woman play with music that celebrates and chronicles the life of Ada "Bricktop" Smith; written by Cathey Sawyer and musical direction by Kermit Medsker. Born in Alderson, West Virginia, Bricktop a singer and dancer, rose to fame as a nightclub owner during the Jazz Age. She opened Chez Bricktop's in Paris in 1926, and eventually became the darling of Paris nightlife and nicknamed the "Doyenne of Café Society."
Lee was seen earlier this Spring in Meadow Brook Theater's production of The All Night Strut. Lee's voice can be heard on the Broadway aimed "Angels the Musical" Broadway Records studio cast recording. Additional regional credits include Once on This Island, Dreamgirls, Beehive, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Showboat, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors. In concert with the New York Pops, Cab Calloway Orchestras, Ray Charles Orchestras, and Harry Belafonte Live Alumni Assoc.