For those Broadway buffs who can't get enough of the Tony-nominated score of Cy Coleman's The Life, a new Off-Broadway musical revue, Spirit in the Dark, will feature songs originally intended for The Life's score, as well as songs by William Finn (Falsettos, Romance in Hard Times).
Spirit in the Dark: An Evening of Music for the Soul will have its premiere on Monday, Oct. 27.
The evening of assorted musical numbers and spirituals will include a tribute to singing legend Paul Robeson (Show Boat) as well as appearances by James Stovall (The Life, Sweet Charity), George Merritt (Jekyll and Hyde, Porgy and Bess), Milton Craig Nealy (Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe), Lillias White (The Life, How to Succeed in Business..., Cats), Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar, Play On!, Carla Renata Williams (The Life, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Darius DeHaas (Carousel, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Billy Porter (Grease), and J. P. DeLaire (lead guitarist for the Artist formerly known as Prince), and will be hosted by TV's Phylicia Rashad (Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods). Spirit... will be staged and directed by Kevin Ramsey (The Life, Five Guys Named Moe), with musical direction by Joseph Baker (Secret Garden, Grease, Annie).
James Stovall, creator and producer of Spirit... describes the show as a "tribute to all of the spirits in the dark that have gone unrecognized." He also sees this unique musical revue as an opportunity for audiences to witness "the other side of people we've gotten used to seeing on Broadway."
Spirit in the Dark will play for one night only at Fred's Beauty (4 West 22nd Street), and all proceeds will go to benefit the Actors' Fund of America, a non-profit organization which provides financial assistance and social services to members of the entertainment industry. For tickets or more information, call (212) 221-7300.