Dial 'N' for Negress, a New Musical, Strikes a Pose in NYC Sept. 10-26

News   Dial 'N' for Negress, a New Musical, Strikes a Pose in NYC Sept. 10-26
 
A new musical satire, Dial 'N' for Negress, a riff on "blaxploitation" film plots of the 1970s, begins a 16-performance run at Off-Broadway's Clurman Theatre Sept. 10.
Kevin Smith Kirkwood
Kevin Smith Kirkwood

From the creators of It's Karate, Kid! The Musical, comes the new musical that features Kevin Smith Kirkwood, the show's co-writer, as the Negress, a male character who dresses "fabulously."

It's billed as "the sexy, soulful new musical comedy…[set in] 1974 in Soulsville, USA."

According to production notes, "An apathetic community lives from fix-to-fix, and pimps, thugs and crooked cops rule the streets. Fresh from jail, the Negress arrives home and has to choose: turn away from the corrosive street life of Soulsville or accept his destiny as the unlikely hero of the community?"

The "musical with its own attitude" is created by Travis Kramer (book and lyrics), Tom Oster and Kevin Smith Kirkwood (music and concept), with choreography by Jennifer L. Mudge. It is produced and directed by Jake Hirzel.

Opening is Sept. 11. Performances play to Sept. 26. The Clurman is located at Theatre Row at 410 West 42nd Street. Dial 'N' for Negress features an original 16-song funk score with such titles as "Pimp Knowledge," "Break That Negress," "Dig It (Can You?)" and "Walk On (Ah'm a Negress Man)."

The cast also features Pilin Anice as Black Mama and Emily McNamara as White Mama ("two reformed hoes — sassy, sexy and streetwise"), Tamala Baldwin as Taffy, J. Cameron Barnett as Bumpy Ritz, James Solomon Benn as Rev. Preacherman/Don Finnochio, Katie Boren as Candy, Jimmy Brooks Jr. as Doodlebug, Bree Daniels as Fancy, James LaRosa as Mario, Eric Roediger as Dick McGuffin and Julius Thomas III as Antonio.

The production features scenic design by Nick Francone, costume design by Sidney Shannon, lighting design by Bill Sheehan, sound design by Carl Casella and Chris Cronin, and props design by Justin Joseffy.

Tickets are $19.25 (includes a $1.25 facility fee) and are available at TicketCentral.com or (212) 279-4200, or by visiting the Theatre Row Box Office (410 W. 42nd St.). Box office hours are noon to 8 PM daily.

Visit DialNforNegress.com.

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