Motown's Ariana DeBose Will Play 54 Below; Proceeds to Benefit Bright Pink in Honor of Valisia LeKae

By Michael Gioia
27 Dec 2013

Ariana DeBose
Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose, who played Mary Wilson in the hit Broadway musical Motown and understudied the role of Diana Ross — originated by Tony Award nominee Valisia LeKae — will play 54 Below Jan. 20, 2014. Proceeds from the evening will benefit cancer organization Bright Pink in honor of former co-star LeKae.

The evening, entitled Typed Out, will begin at 11:30 PM.

"I could think of no better way to support Valisia then to donate to an organization that she's found helpful during her fight with ovarian cancer," DeBose told Playbill.com. "I also think there is great importance for women of all ages, about being proactive with your health so that you can hopefully 'type yourself out' and lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. You are never too young to take your health seriously."

LeKae, Tony-nominated for her turn in Motown, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent surgery. Read her interview with Playbill.com here.



A portion of proceeds from the concert will benefit Bright Pink, a non-profit organization that focuses on the risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals.

Here’s how Typed Out is billed: "In an intimate cabaret setting, Ariana DeBose (Bring It On, Motown) defies limitations of gender, age and race…In collaboration with Benjamin Rauhala (music direction), Kurt Crowley (arrangements) and two-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann (creative consultant), Ariana investigates what it is to be ethnically ambiguous in a world that thrives on labels. Audiences can expect a variety of mash-ups, medleys and more!"

DeBose, who was a contestant on the reality television series "So You Think You Can Dance?," was also seen on Broadway as Nautica in Bring It On: The Musical. Click here to read her exclusive blog for Playbill.com about performing with both Broadway shows on this year's Tony Awards.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com. For more information on Bright Pink, visit BrightPink.org.