Oscar Brown Jr.'s Jazz and Blues Will Serenade for Extended Run in NYC, to Sept. 27

News   Oscar Brown Jr.'s Jazz and Blues Will Serenade for Extended Run in NYC, to Sept. 27
Performer-pianist Genovis Albright and the Oscar Brown Trio will continue serenading Off-Broadway audiences with the blues and jazz songs of Oscar Brown, Jr. in Serenade the World for an extended run to Sept. 27, producer Eric Krebs announced.

The show was previously to end Aug. 30. Serenade the World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown, Jr. began performances July 29 at the John Houseman Studio at 450 W. 42nd Street.

The musical revue, directed by Stephen Henderson and conceived and produced by Eric Krebs, plays 8 PM Tuesdays-Saturdays. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 279-6200.

Boasting 20 songs as well as poetry and commentary, Serenade the World ranges from comic tunes such as "Signifying Monkey" and "But I Was Cool," to songs of political commentary ("Forty Acres and a Mule”) and the spiritual melodies of "Joy" and "Column of Birds."

Oscar Brown, Jr., is a legendary 76-year-old Chicago bluesman and activist who has composed hundreds of songs and recorded 11 albums. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and was host of the PBS Series "From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music." He also hosted the first Black radio news show in the country. Brown collaborated with jazzman Max Roach on "Freedom Now Suite."

Genovis Albright is a recording artist who has performed throughout Europe and the United States. His credits include stage productions of Good Time Blues and The Time of Your Life, and he is the composer of several musicals including Bone, Children of the Enterprise, Growing Up, Cry No More and Ups and Downs. Eric Krebs has numerous producing credits including It Ain't Nothing But the Blues (nominated for tour Tony Awards including Best Musical), Little Ham, Electra (starring Zoë Wanamaker), Paul Robeson (with Avery Brooks) and A Pure Gospel Christmas. He is chairman of the Rosetta LeNoire AMAS Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to the training of "city kids" in the performing arts and the creation of new musicals for multi-ethnic audiences and artists.

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