Brenda Braxton to Appear in 1930s Harlem Musical Trav'lin, for NYMF

News   Brenda Braxton to Appear in 1930s Harlem Musical Trav'lin, for NYMF
 
Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton will head the cast of Trav'lin', a musical journey through 1930s Harlem, which will have its world premiere Oct. 11-17 at TBG Theatre as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The musical features a score culled from the works of Harlem Renaissance-era songwriter J.C. Johnson "and friends" with a book by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro. Paul Stancato will direct and choreograph with John DiPinto providing musical direction.

Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café, Chicago) will be joined by Randy Donaldson, Michael Jean Dozier, Doug Eskew, Karla Mosley and Soara-Joye Ross.
 


The production features scenic/lighting design by Christopher Ash and costume design by Janell Berté.

According to press notes, "Trav'lin follows the romantic travails of three couples, in their 50s, 30s and 20s, learning about love in 1930s Harlem. The tuneful and jazzy period score rediscovers the music of Harlem Renaissance songwriter J.C. Johnson, a friend and colleague of such musical icons as Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday. The story centers on George, unofficial mayor of 132nd Street and self-styled expert on love, who meets his match when he befriends a down-on-her-luck stranger who is not who she seems."

The performance dates and times for the musical are Oct. 11 at 8 PM, Oct. 12 at 1 PM,
Oct. 13 at 8 PM, Oct. 15 at 4:30 PM, Oct. 16 at 1:00 PM
and Oct. 17 at 4:30 PM. TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street.

Tickets are $20 may be purchased at www.nymf.org.


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