Imhotep Gary Byrd Guide to Black events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/19/2013, 10:33 a.m.
Greetings! In celebration of National Poetry Month, the world famous Apollo Theater presents Tongues of Fire Choir, a music and poetry concert highlighting the opening of "Blink Your Eyes," a seven-month citywide retrospective of the late, great poet Sekou Sundiata, on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Featuring Amiri Baraka, Abiodun (of the Last Poets), Black Thought (of the Roots) and Rakim, with special guests Regina Carter, Bobbi Humphrey, Wunmi, Vernon Reid, Liza Jessie Peterson and Craig Harris' music ensemble, the Nation of Imagination. Tickets available through the Apollo Theater box office, located at 125th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, or by calling 212-531-5305. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
- "Motown: The Musical," based on the book by Berry Gordy Jr. and directed by Charles Randolph Wright, is the real story of "Hitsville U.S.A." See and hear legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey and the superstars he made at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780. Purchase regular tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and at www.motownthemusical.com.
- "My Brother Marvin" stars Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, Image Award-winning actor Clinton Powell, R&B sensation Keith Washington, vocal powerhouse Tony Grant and platinum-selling R&B group Az Yet. The show is told by his sister Zeola through the eyes of his mother's "hidden" journals. The show takes place at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. For more info and tickets, visit www. beacontheatre.com/events or www.ticketmaster.com.
- "The Trip to Bountiful," the acclaimed teleplay and Broadway stage play, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson, returns. Previews have begun for a 14-week run at the Sondheim Theatre,124 W. 43rd St. For more info or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
- "Kinky Boots," the stage play based on a real-life story, follows Charlie Price, who is forced to save his family's shoe factory in Northern England after the sudden death of his father. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. The unlikely pair works to turn the factory around. Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more info, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
- "Futurology the Musical" is a new sci-fi musical starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, Khalil Kain from "Girlfriends" and Hillary Hawkins from Nick Jr. "Futurology" runs until May 5 at the St. Clements Theatre, 423 W. 46th St. For more info, visit www.futurologythemusical.com.
- Mike Tyson in "Undisputed Truth: Live on Stage," directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. This riveting one-man show delves behind the headlines and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout. Sunday, April 28, at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 74th Street. Visit www.beacontheatre-ny.com.
- Teddy Riley presents Blackstreet with special guest Dave Hollister on Friday, April 19, at the Best Buy Theatre, 1515 Broadway at 44th Street. Showtime is 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Ages 16 and over. Call 212-307-7171 or visit www.bestbuytheatre.com.
- Experience Fantasia "Up Close & Personal" with a live performance hosted by WBLS' Shaila and Lenny Green on Saturday, April 27, at the Beacon Theatre. For more info, visit www.wbls.com or www.ticketmaster.com.