Imhotep's guide to Black events Oct. 10 - 16
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/10/2013, 11:12 a.m.
Greetings! October is GBE’s Black Arts Month 2013, and we open with saluting the producers of “Mama, I Want to Sing” as they open Vy Higginsen’s Black American Musical Series in Harlem. The series includes “ Mama, I want to Sing,” “Sing Harlem Sing!” and two new musicals: the teen gospel musical “We Are!” and “Alive” at the Dempsey Theatre, 127 W. 127th St. For information, call 212-280-1045 or visit mamafoundation.org.
The brilliant Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in the Sun” is back on Broadway featuring Tony winners Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll. The revival begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 8 and open on April 3, 2014. The production, directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon, will play a 14-week limited engagement through June 15. Tickets are on sale now at ticketscenter.com.
In “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes revisits John Grisham’s 1989 legal story on race and justice. In the story, an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) is threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists. He is defended by a white lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus). It’s playing now through Dec. 31 at John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and information, call 212-239-6200 or visit atimetokillonbroadway.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.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is now playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo” That’s right, “callaloo!” This hilarious remix of the successful play, brings the West Indian brethren in. I’ll be hosting Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Performances are at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues). For more information, call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101 or visit theatermania.com or 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 Tenth avenues. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com or ladydaythemusical.com.
Stanley Clarke & the Harlem Quartet appear on Oct. 8-13 at the Blue Note Jazz Club, located at 121 W. Third St. For more information and showtimes, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenote.net.
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly and with special guest rap legend Kurtis Blow, will perform at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit wbls.com.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight returns to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Also on the bill will be special guests Mint Condition. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is located at 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For more information, visit wbls.com.