In Celebration of the Creator
Black Stars on Broadway
@ Dale Shields May 5, 2014
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Black Stars of the Great White Way
Chapman Roberts debuted in the original Broadway cast of Hair. His subsequent stage appearances included feature roles, on and off Broadway, in Salvation, Hello Dolly (Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway), Jesus Christ Superstar (Ben Vereen), and as El Gallo in The Fantasticks. He has recorded with legendary artist like Gregory Hines, Horace Silver, Weather Report, and B.B. King (Grammy). Mr. Roberts critically acclaimed vocal arrangements can be heard on eight original Broadway and West End cast albums of shows that garnered 25 Tony nominations.is a 1969 Off-Broadway rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Peter Link & C.C. Courtney. It opened on September 24, 1969 at the Jan Hus Playhouse and ending on April 19, 1970 after 239 performances. “The original cast consisted of Yolande Bavan (Ranee), Peter Link (Farley), C.C. Courtney (Monday), Joe Morton (Mark), Boni Enten (Boo), Annie Rachel (Dierdre),Marta Heflin (Betty Lou), and Chapman Roberts (Leroy). Notable actors to join the cast were Barry Bostwick (replaced Courtney), and Bette Midler.”