New Billy Porter-Conceived Sondheim Revue Mixed Company Begins at NYS&F July 28

News   New Billy Porter-Conceived Sondheim Revue Mixed Company Begins at NYS&F July 28 Mixed Company, the new Sondheim revue conceived and performed by Billy Porter, will get an airing at Vassar College as part of the 2006 New York Stage and Film July 28-29.
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The show is conceived and performed by Billy Porter, with Tazewell Thompson as a creative consultant. The associate director is Schele Williams. Porter is the talent behind the solo show Ghetto Superstar, which is based on Porter's experience as a gay black artist. Porter has performed on Broadway (Five Guys Named Moe, Grease!, Miss Saigon), Off-Broadway (The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby), and at regional theatres and concert halls across the country. He also released a CD, "Untitled," on A & M Records.

Joining Porter on stage will be Natalie Belcon, Terry Burell, Tony-winner Chuck Cooper (The Life), Nathan Lee Graham, Patina Miller, Nyjah Moore-Westbrooks and Ken Robinson.

The show, to run July 28-29, is said to marry Sondheim's music with Porter's soulful, emotional vocal style, and will include other performers and snatches of Shakespeare's poetry. Sondheim's many musicals include Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods.

Tazewell Thompson is the artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse.