Entitled Sweet Songs of the Soul, the "autobiographical play with music" will play through July 30 at the New Federal Theatre, which is located within the Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center. Written and performed by Moore, the musical evening features direction by Rhonda Passion Hansome, lighting design by Antoinette Tynes and sound design by Sean O'Halloran. Melba Moore was last on Broadway in Les Misérables portraying the ill fated Fantine. A singer with a multi-octave range, Moore began her career as a back-up singer for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Liza Minnelli. Her work in the original company of Hair led to her Tony winning role in Purlie, and since then Moore has performed in concert arenas throughout the world. Her R&B hits include “I Am His Lady,” “Falling” and “Read My Lips,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Moore was also recently seen in the Paramount film “The Fighting Temptations.”
Sweet Songs of the Soul will play Wednesday through Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 3 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced at $30, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. The New Federal Theatre is located at 466 Grand Street; visit www.newfederaltheatre.org for more information.