Imhotp's guide to Black events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/8/2013, 10:43 a.m. | Updated on 8/8/2013, 10:43 a.m.
Greetings! GBE celebrates Harlem Month 2013 and reminds you: WBLS and WLIB have announced that Harlem Week will celebrate the much anticipated Stevie Wonder tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life” (rescheduled from July 28 due to rain) and the celebration of “Motown: The Musical” on Harlem Day, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1-7 p.m., on the main stage on West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, visit www.harlemweek.com.
We also sadly report the passing of the jazz-funk master, keyboardist/songwriter/producer George Duke, who passed away at age 67. His death comes with the release of his new album, “Dreamweaver,” dedicated to his wife, Connie, who passed from cancer just a year ago.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, is now playing at the Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book written by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valesia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy, is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway) For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com and www.motownthemusical.com.
“Storyville,” choreographed by Mercedes Ellington (granddaughter of Duke Ellington), spotlights the place many historians call the “birthplace of jazz”—the famed “Storyville” district in New Orleans in 1917. It’s now playing at the theater at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street. It will run through Aug. 17. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.
“Pippin,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Petina Miller, dazzles on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.pippinthemusical.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinkyboots.
“Shida,” written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle (star of “Hair” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway), tells the powerful and inspiring true story of one girl’s struggle to achieve her dreams. The show is running now through Aug. 28. For more information, visit www.shidathemusical.com.
“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the true story of the legendary, trailblazing African-American pilots, is now playing on Saturdays at the Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th St. For more information or tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn series features Shaggy and TK Wonder on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Prospect Park Bandshell. For more information, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
SummerStage 2013 presents a 40th anniversary celebration of hip-hop culture with “The Founder” DJ Kool Herc on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3-7 p.m. in Central Park with special guests Coke La Rock, Roxanne Shante, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Grand Master Theodore, DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, DJ Jerry Dee, Skoob from DASEFX, Soul Sonic Force and more! For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.