Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis and Andre DeShields at the inaugural-Black-Stars-of-the-Great-White-Way concert event held at the Queensborough-Performing Arts Center-before a sold-out audience.
This all-male tribute honors jazz musicians Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington, and Paul Robeson. The concert celebrates the artists’ successes at Carnegie Hall, Broadway, television, and the international touring circuit, as well as in the recording and film industries. Broadway song and dance numbers from Motown, The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Porgy and Bess make up this black tie gala event.
*Chapman Roberts and the Gang*
~ Performers ~
Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, Andre DeShields, Larry Marshall, Kevin Ramsey, Glenn Turner, Doug Eskew, Milton Craig Neeley, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter, Ben Harney, Adrian Bailey, Marcus Naylor, Leotis Clyburn, Branden Cook, Brandon Bain, Avon Long, David Helper, Raun Ruffin, Jason Cook, Lee Summers, Claude Jay, Forest Ray, Keith David, Rob “Ike” Barnes, Bobby Harden, Obba Babatunde, Kirk Taylor, Wilkie Ferguson, Lacy Darryl Phillips, Clent Bowers, Scott J. Foster, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kenneth Kamal Scott, Raymond Patterson,
D’Ambrose Boyd, Ken Ard, C.E. Smith, Johnathan Lee Iverson, Torrence Bristow, Jayson Kolbicz, Clifton Davis, Ben Vereen, Anthony Wayne, Kirt Tyson, Herb Downer, Trent Armand Kendall, Kenneth Roberson, Kevin Michael Kennedy, Jeffrey V. Thompson, and Richard E. Waits, Vocalists
Derek Grant, Bakaari Wilder, Jason Samuel Smith, Joseph Web, Dule Hill, Vincent Bingham, Omar Edwards, and Alde Lewis, Dancers
Broadway Brown, Vocal Ensemble
Frank Owens, David Alan Bunn, William Foster McDaniel, Kenny Seymour, Julius Williams, and Abdul Hamid Royal, Pianists and Conductors
Sipho Kunene and Buddy Williams, Drums
Clyde Bullard, Bass
Honorees: Geoffrey Holder, Louis Johnson, Stephen Byrd, Harold Wheeler, Noble Sissle, Larry Hamlin, Luther Henderson, Donald McKayle, and Robert Guillaume
Presenters: Charles Turner, Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, and others to be announced
DAVID ALAN BUNN Live The Dream Overture – A Soulful Fanfare (NY Premiere)
CHAPMAN ROBERTS / WILLIAM FOSTER MCDANIEL Legacy (NY Premiere)
And selections by Blake, Jordan, Waller / Henderson, Ellington, and other Broadway favorites.
BLACK STARS OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY