Opening Jan. 19 at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse on East 68th St. in Manhattan is the 20th anniversary production of Do Lord Remember Me, a play with music based on first-hand testimony of black men and women born into slavery in ante-bellum America. Regge Life directs this staging, which is produced by the same organization that mounted it two decades ago: the New Federal Theatre.
Starring in this this celebration of the black experience are Glynn Turman, Roscoe Orman, Chuck Patterson, Ebony Jo-Ann and Barbara Montgomery who replaces the previously announced Esther "Good Times" Rolle, currently recovering from surgery. Turman was 12 years old when he played opposite Sidney Poitier in A Raisin In The Sun. Both Patterson and Jo-Ann were in the original production of Do Lord Remember Me. Jo-Ann appeared on Broadway in Mule Bone and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Patterson acted on Broadway in Two Trains Running and Home. Orman is best known for playing Gordon -- for the last 23 years -- on TV's "Sesame Street."
For tickets ($20) and information on Do Lord Remember Me, which runs Jan. 15-Feb. 16, call (212) 772-4448.
--By David Lefkowitz