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The Life (1997 Original B’way Cast) My Way Or The Highway

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“Chuck Cooper’s every entrance is as frightening as a specter of death. Singing with power and resonance, he’s a villian who can be jointly cheered and booed”. The New York Times

Cy Coleman’s 1997 broadway musical The Life was ten years in the making and in his own words “worth every minute of it”. Aside from all the awards and accolades (Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, Drama League Awards, Grammy nominations and a record breaking 12 Tony nominations), it won the praise of such prominent luminaries in the theatre as Arthur Miller who said, “If Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht were alive today, this is the musical they would have written”!

The Life is a raw, gritty and moving story of friendship and hope from multi-layered characters and flawless direction by Michael Blakemore OBE. The original production included Tony nominations for featured performers Sam Harris, Lillias White (Featured Actress Winner), Pamela Isaacs, and the powerhouse performer of this week’s tune, Chuck Cooper (Featured Actor Winner).

This year marks the show’s 20th anniversary and the UK premiere with original director Blakemore at the helm begins now! When he was asked in a recent interview about the new cast, “every single person we approached we got – it’s all our first choices. People like Sharon D. Clarke, Cornell S. John, it’s all really proper talent”. Blakemore continues, “It’s an enthralling story, with a plot like an old black-and-white Warner Bros. movie. It’s got this soarinig music, great performances, lots of it is very funny. If you like that kind of tight construction and soaring narrative, with real grit and heart, I think you’ll love it”.

The Life at Southwark Playhouse March 25 – April 29th, don’t miss!

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Billy Preston – You Can’t Get To Heaven

“No, you can’t get to heaven on one amen.” sings Billy Preston. “You got to hallelujah again & again”.

Hallelujah again & again is exactly what Billy did. He starting out as a prodigy on organ and piano and by age 10 was backing up gospel diva Mahalia Jackson before lending an amen or two in studio sessions and tours with the likes of Little Richard & The Beatles. His work with The Beatles on their Let It Be album set the stage for his big break as a solo artist in the early-’70′s with soul smashes of his own for A&M Records.

In early 1995, Cy Coleman had gathered together some friends in the studio to record songs from the score of his upcoming Broadway Musical hit, The Life which would go on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards winning 2 or Lillias White and Chuck Cooper. Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Bobby Short and incredibly the last recorded performance by George Burns would accompany Billy on this album. Go ahead and testify fellas, again & again.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center presents: Cy Coleman: Bringing Jazz to Broadway. May 15 & 16

Cominhome 1024x754 Jazz at Lincoln Center presents: Cy Coleman: Bringing Jazz to Broadway. May 15 & 16The Jazz & Popular Song Series at Lincoln Center presents Cy Coleman: Bringing Jazz to Broadway, May 15 & 16. The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Featuring Michael Feinstein, Chuck Cooper, James Naughton, Michele Lee, Johnny Rodgers, & Tamara Tunie. Tix & info HERE.

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