B.B. King Blues Club opens its doors to Broadway fans as they continue their monthly "Black 2: Broadway" series Sept. 30. This month's show features Broadway's Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tina Fabrique, LaChanze and Jerry Dixon as well as recording artist Meli’sa Morgan [sic].
"Black 2: Broadway" billed as a celebration of "the contributions of African-American Performers in Theatre," features a live band, background vocalists, dance and music performances. In addition, to cultivate future artists, the variety show formatted presentation will spotlight rising stars from theatre as well as music and dance.
Ralph is currently in the Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her previous credits on The Great White Way include Dreamgirls and Reggae. The actress also starred on television series including “It’s a Living,” “Designing Women” and “Moesha.”
Fabrique has played on stage in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Ragtime and Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Performer LaChanze has seen the stage in a revival of Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Company and Once on This Island. She recently reprised her role in the latter for a benefit concert with former co-star Dixon. Dixon can also be remembered from Five Guys Named Moe and the recent Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM!
The premiere of "Black 2: Broadway" saw performances with stars Savion Glover, Lillias White, Billy Porter and Darius de Haas. Subsequent performers include Melba Moore, B.J. Crosby, Victor Trent Cook, Marva Hicks, Phylicia Rashad, Aisha de Haas, Darius de Haas, Adrienne Lenox, Michael McElroy, Malik Yoba, Gordon Chambers and Jenny Burton. For tickets to "Black 2: Broadway" at B.B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42 St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.), call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez