Imhotep's Guide to Black entertainment Dec. 12-18, 2013
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/12/2013, 3:04 p.m.
Greetings! We join the many around the world who are mourning and celebrating the life and contributions of the late first Black president of South Africa, freedom fighter and revolutionary leader Nelson R. Mandela. Madiba’s final “long walk home” will conclude in his native village of Qunu on Sunday, Dec. 15. May he rest in peace and may we all honor his legacy of determination, commitment, courage and forgiveness.
Please pass the word: Our “Healthy You in 2014: Express Yourself,” an on-location, on-air town hall meeting highlighting the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is scheduled for Sunday, Dec 15 at the historic Harlem YMCA, 180 W. 135th St., has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date announcement. We’ll also have special Mandela and Obamacare radio coverage this weekend (see radio schedule at end of column).
“A Season in the Congo,” written by brilliant Martinican poet and playwright Aimé Césaire, is now playing in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Césaire’s birth. It will play Dec.19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre, 74 E. Fourth St., Suite A. For tickets, call 212-475-7710 or visit LaMaMa.org.
“After Midnight,” a new musical celebrating the glamour and exuberance of Harlem’s Golden Age and featuring the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen woven around the prose of Langston Hughes, is now playing The production stars Grammy Award winner Fantasia and Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill. The music is by select Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, handpicked by multi-Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. It’s now playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). For more information, call 817-502-2929 or visit aftermidnightbroadway.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valisia 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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
“A Time to Kill” is now playing through Dec. 31 at the John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and information, call 212-239-6200 or visit atimetokillonbroadway.com.
“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo”—that’s right, “callaloo!”—this hilarious remix of the successful franchise brings the West Indian brethren in. It’s now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues). Call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, visit theatermania.com or visit plantanosandcollardgreens.com.
“Lady Day: The Billie Holiday Musical,” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and written and directed by Stephen Stahl, is now playing at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St. between Ninth and 10th avenues. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com or ladydaythemusical.com.
The Blue Note Jazz Club (131 W. Third St.) presents Fourplay now through Dec. 15, while Chris Botti’s annual holiday residency will take place on Dec. 16-31. All shows start at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or go to bluenotejazz.com.