Community Calendar April 12 - April 18
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/12/2018, 1:43 p.m.
Greetings! We open with a salute to a “Golden Lady of Theatre” and an original member of the American Negro Theater, Gertrude Hadley Jeanette of the famed H.A.D.L.E.Y Players. The truly dedicated producer, director, actress, activist transitioned April 4, 2018.The golden sister becomes another brilliant iconic ancestor who passed on that day, joining the Rev. Congressman Adam Clayton Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who we celebrate yearly. Jeanette’s family has announced funeral arrangement for Friday, April 13. Viewing is at 4 p.m. and the service is at 6 p.m., Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 58 West 135th St., between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard.
Kudos to the production team of “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert,” starring John Legend as Jesus Christ, which rocked TV sets all over the land on NBC. It was definitely Must See TV.
“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical recently celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway, welcomes legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, making her Broadway debut in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), New York, N.Y. Now through June 24, 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“An Adam Experiment” offers a glimpse into the life of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., historical icon who fought for social justice and equality during the Civil Rights Movement while also wrestling with his own demons. Billie Holiday Theatre,1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For tickets, call 718-636-6995 or visit thebillieholiday.org.
“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biographical musical on founding father Alexander Hamilton is a rhythm-and-rhyme intervention for American iconography and ideology. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y. Visit publictheater.org/Hamilton.
“A Soulful Musical Celebration” Acclaimed performers Marvin Lowe and Queen Esther Marrow explore the brilliance of Black American Music. Aaron Davis Hall. Call 212-650-6900 or visit: citycollegecenterforthearts.org
From the creators of “Mama I Want to Sing,” Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand-new 30th anniversary production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play…Gospel!” Conceived and written by Higginsen and Ken Wydro, the legendary production returns with roof-shaking performances guaranteed to lift your spirit. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem,127 W. 127th St., between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Tickets are available by calling 212-280-1045 or through OvationTix at Mamafoundation.org. Special rates for seniors age 62 and older and for groups of 10 or more are also available when calling the box office. For more information, please visit:mamafoundation.org.
Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. Visit bbkings.com.
Blue Note presents the Ron Carter Big Band honoring Michel Legrand, April 15,131 W. Third St. Shows 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Visit bluenote.net.
McDonald’s Gospelfest 2018 Presents the praise and worship event of the year! Mother’s Day weekend at Newark Symphony Hall, starring Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Vashawn Mitchell, Le’Andria Johnson, Wes Morgan, Cissy Houston, Melba Moore and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson. Bring your mom to the gospel event of the year! Mother’s Day weekend Friday, May 11, at Symphony Hall! Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or go to TicketMaster.com. McDonald’s Gospel Fest 2018 is produced and directed by A. Curtis Farrow.