Tickets are now on sale for Jennifer Holliday's Oct. 28 Town Hall concert — first announced on PBOL in March — which is entitled Romance in the Dark.
A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Romance in the Dark is billed as a "celebration of great black Broadway musicals, and will be held at New York's famed Town Hall on West 43rd Street. Conceived by Holliday, the evening will feature songs from such musicals as Ain't Misbehavin'; Bubbling Brown Sugar; Cabin in the Sky; Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; Dreamgirls; House of Flowers; Inner City; Jamaica; Jelly's Last Jam; Once On This Island; Purlie; Raisin; St. Louis Woman; The Life; The Wiz; and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God.
Ticket prices for the one-night-only event include $50 (concert only), $95 (concert plus Friend listing in program), $150 (premium seat plus Supporter listing in program), $250 (premium seat, one ticket to Holliday's birthday party following the concert and Patron listing in the program), and $500 (premium seat, one ticket to Holliday's birthday party, commemorative Playbill signed by Holliday and Benefactor listing in the program). Call (212) 840-0770 for more information or to purchase tickets. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit Harlem United.
Holliday, who garnered a Tony Award for her work as Effie White in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls, will reprise that role for Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival this month. In a recent interview for PBOL, Holliday explained that she would like to take the Henry Krieger/Tom Eyen musical overseas. "My dream [is] that we could take this production of Dreamgirls to London. That's the dream because we've never been. That would be the only thing in my mind that I could think that I would want to do before really hanging [this role] up, before saying, 'Okay, this is the last whirl and let it go.'"
On Broadway Holliday has appeared in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Dreamgirls, Chicago and Grease!, and she recently starred Off-Broadway in Downhearted Blues—The Life and Music of Bessie Smith. Holliday, who appeared on several episodes of "Ally McBeal," is also a Grammy Award-winning recording artist. Town Hall is located in New York City at 123 West 43rd Street. Showtime is 7:30 PM.
—By Andrew Gans