January 15, 2013 | Queensborough Community College
A Broadway powerhouse of world-renowned black artists will gather to salute the Black Stars of The Great White Way at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) on Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Tony-nominated performers Keith David, Ted Levy, Andre De Shields, Larry Marshall and Norm Lewis will deliver showstoppers from Eubie, Smokey Joe’s Café, Porgy and Bess, Ain’t Misbehavin, Bubbling Brown Sugar and more.
Indeed, much of the stars’ collective careers are inspired by the musical genius of Louis Jordan, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole.
“This is an unprecedented assemblage of Broadway’s best—all under one roof, on one stage and in one borough only—Queens!,” said Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director, QPAC. “The house will rock with the world’s most recognized jazz, funk, ragtime and blues ever created.”
Chapman Roberts, whose vocal arrangements have been pivotal in such Broadway successes as Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Blues in the Night, and Five Guys Named Moe, directed the show. He will co-host the evening with Ms. Agin.
“The Black Stars of The Great White Way are looking forward to appearing at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center where world-class performers are known to be warmly welcomed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences,” said Mr. Roberts.
Additional appearances will be made by:
Trumpeter Longineu Parsons, who will honor Louis Armstrong
Tapper Omar Edwards (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Showtime at The Apollo).
Pianist Frank Owens
Bassist Clyde Bullard
South African Drummer Sipho Kunene
Guitarist Keith Robinson,
The York College Big Band
The Robert Mann Dance Centre and 14 year-old piano prodigy Julius Rodriguez
Some of the distinguished black artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk, the fabled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ben Vereen, Dionne Warwick, Ken Page, Leslie Uggams, Chubby Checker and The Spinners, who will perform at QPAC on May 5, 2013.