Thursday, May 26, 2011

Harlem Native, Vy Higgensen Presents "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation"

Your Black World reports

In the 1980's Mama, I Want To Sing was a musical everybody in the African-American community was talking about. This time, Vy Higgensen is back with Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation. Directed by Ken Wydro and an original score by Wesley Naylor, Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation, began performances at The Dempsey Theater (127 W. 127th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards) on Saturday, May 21st.

Mama, I Want To Sing tells the story of a talented young gospel singer that embraces secular music despite the strong objections of her mother. A movie version featuring Marvin Winans and Lynn Whitfield is set to be released at some point in the future. The stage production features Bettina Pennon as Mama, Sandra Huff as Sister Carrie, Knoelle Higginson as Doris Winter, Tyrone Flowers as Reverend Winters, and Elijiah A. Lewis as Minister of Music. "If you saw the show before, come again and bring your children and grandchildren to see this African-American classic," says Vy Higginsen.

Playing for eight years Off-Broadway (1983-1991) in New York, the show has become the longest running, best loved musical. It also played London's West End and a three-year tour across the USA, seven tours throughout Japan and multiple appearances in the Caribbean, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

Performances are every Saturday until July 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. General admission tickets are $35 and available at 212-868-4444. Box Office hours are Monday - Friday 12pm - 7pm and Saturday from 11:30am - 6:30pm. For theater parties and group sales information (10 or more tickets), please call The Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045. Subway 2/3 to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue and walk to 127th Street.

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