B.B. King Blues Club opens its doors to Broadway fans as they continue their monthly "Black 2: Broadway" series July 29. This month's show features television star Malik Yoba, songwriter Gordon Chambers and songstress Jenny Burton.
"Black 2: Broadway" billed as a celebration of "the contributions of African-American Performers in Theatre," features a live band, background vocalists, dance and music performances. In addition, to cultivate future artists, the variety show formatted presentation will spotlight rising stars from theatre as well as music and dance.
Yoba is best known for his role on TV's "New York Undercover" and played in the film "Cool Runnings." In 1991, the aspiring singer-songwriter made his debut at Carnegie Hall as an original member of CityKids. He has toured with the musical The Fabric of a Man opposite Stephanie Mills (The Wiz).
Chambers has won Grammy Awards and nominations for his songs which include Anita Baker's "I Apologize," Brownstone's "If You Love Me" and "Missing You" from the film "Set It Off." He will perform songs from his upcoming album. Burton can be remember for her songs "One More Shot," "Bad Habits" and "I Remember What You Like". She has played shows from Carnegie Hall to Europe.
Darryl Tookes serves as musical director to the band which features Buddy Williams, Chulo Gatewood and Phil Hamilton. The premiere of "Black 2: Broadway" saw performances with stars Savion Glover, Lillias White, Billy Porter and Darius de Haas. The second event played with headliners Melba Moore, B.J. Crosby, Victor Trent Cook and Marva Hicks. The most recent show featured Phylicia Rashad, Aisha and Darius de Haas as well as Adrienne Lenox and Michael McElroy.
For tickets to "Black 2: Broadway" at B.B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42 St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.), call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez