After telling African-American history through tap dance in Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, George C. Wolfe will again explore black history, this time with Harlem Song, a musical tour through the world famous Manhattan neighborhood. Harlem Song begins performances at Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre July 6.
A retrospective of Harlem's history, Harlem Song revisits the great songs that have come out of the neighborhood's vibrant musical community, be they jazz standards or rap and R & B hits. Using projections and photographs, the musical will recreate life in Harlem from the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance to the area's current spirit of urban renewel and economic rebirth.
Designing the show are Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting), Riccardo Hernandez (settings), Paul Tazewell (costumes) and Batwin and Robin (multi-media). Daryl Waters and Zane Mark are the musical directors.
Harlem Song's producers include The John Schreiber Group, Wolfe, musical theatre composer Frank Wildhorn, David Goodman, Margo Lion, Daryl Roth, music industry legend Herb Alpert and actress (and Thoroughly Modern Millie producer) Whoopi Goldberg.
Tickets are $20-$55. Harlem Song will run on a three day a week schedule, playing three shows on Saturday, two on Sunday and two on Monday. For reservations, call (212) 307-7171. The Apollo Theatre is located at 253 West 125th Street. Harlem Song is on the web at http://www.harlemsong.com. — By Christine Ehren