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'The Widow and Miss Mamie' returns to shake up the Harlem School of the Arts

2/2/2012, 2 p.m.
'The Widow and Miss Mamie' returns to shake up the Harlem School of the Arts

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'The Widow and Miss Mamie' returns to shake up the Harlem School of the Arts

The five-time AUDELCO Award-winning musical production of "The Widow and Miss Mamie" comes back to the Harlem School of the Arts in February 2012. To quote the Amsterdam News, "This is a powerful and totally entertaining musical comedy."

Written, produced and directed by Lee Kirk, "The Widow and Miss Mamie" was applauded by sold-out audiences during its first run in 2010. The play focuses on the conflict between the widow of the recently departed Big Deal Willie and his mistress, Miss Mamie. Set in New Orleans in the 1950s, the play is rooted in town gossip, but it's the music that sets it off.

The 10 original songs, with music and lyrics by Kirk, set the tone for this magical production. The cast features Amber Harris, Toni Seawright and Tommie Thompson. The supporting cast includes Johnnie Mae Allen, Rudel Drears, Z. Louis Finney, Larry H. Hines, Sharon Hope, Marjorie Johnson, Gerald Latham, Tianna Newkirk, Emory Porter and Sandra Mills Scott.

The production features Ron Granger (music director), Lawrence Floyd (co-director and stage manager), Tracy Jack (choreographer), Christophe Pierre (co-director and set technical director), Manet Davis (wardrobe designer), Jeff Bolding (choral arranger) and Antoinette Tynes (lighting design).

The opening night for "The Widow and Miss Mamie" is Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Previews are on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. The remaining show dates and times are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. General admission is $18 and the gala VIP opening night reception is $40.

Tickets are available by calling Ovationtix at (866) 811-4111. For additional information, go to www.thewidowandmissmamie.com. The Harlem School of the Arts is located at 647 St. Nicholas Ave. at 142nd Street, New York, N.Y.

Make plans with family and friends to go see and totally enjoy Kirk's great "musical," "The Widow And Miss Mamie."

"It will involve singers and it will be entertaining and inspirational. People love to see someone given a shot to see what they do with it," said Harvey.

Harvey also admits this has been a lifelong dream of his that is finally coming to pass.

"Having a talk show has been on my bucket list for years. It just never came to fruition. Finally, this year it is coming true. So, unknowingly, all my appearances on shows like 'Oprah' and 'Good Morning America' were laying the groundwork for me to go to daytime TV. I feel that now I am seasoned, so I'm ready to go."

Having met Harvey personally and being a true fan of his, I'd like to wish him much success with his new show.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful week ahead.