PHOTO CALL: Chris Colfer Visits Cotton Club Parade, With Amber Riley, Joshua Henry, Adriane Lenox and Christopher Jackson
By Krissie Fullerton
19 Nov 2012
Joshua Henry, Amber Riley, Jared Grimes and Tony winner Adriane Lenox starred in New York City Center's return engagement of Cotton Club Parade, which took its final bow at the famed Manhattan venue Nov. 18. "Glee" star Chris Colfer visited his castmate Riley at the Nov. 17 show.
The company, in addition to Henry, Riley, Grimes and Lenox also includes Alexandria "Brinae Ali" Bradley, Andrew "Dr.Ew" Carter, Kyra Da Costa, Carmen Ruby Floyd, La Tanya Hall, Jeremiah “Supaman” Haynes, Christopher Jackson, Monroe Kent III, Karine Plantadit, T. Oliver Reid and Britton Smith, with Christopher Broughton, C.K. Edwards, Wilkie Ferguson, Chanon ￼￼￼￼￼ Judson, Candice Monét McCall, Marielys Molina, Erin Moore, Monique Smith, Daniel J. Watts and J.L. Williams.
Cotton Club Parade is described as a "Broadway-style revue celebrating Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s, when the joint was jumping with shows featuring big band swing and blues."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.