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"The Cotton Club Revue" Back By Popular Demand at the Ivory Theater

After numerous calls, inquiries and requests, Unity Theatre Ensemble will reprise its 4-time Kevin Kline Awards nominated musical production, The Cotton Club Revue, May 20, 21, 22 and 23 at The Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan Avenue, in south St. Louis. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Come out and spend the evening with Unity Theatre Ensemble and take the A-train back to 1930's Harlem for a fast-paced slice of entertaining nostalgia highlighting music, songs and dance made popular during the era of New York's famed Cotton Club. The show features songs from legendary singers like Bessie Smith, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller; music from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and the exhilarating energy of dancers like the Nicolas Brothers and Josephine Baker. African dance, Tap, Ballroom and the rousing Lindy Hop at a Harlem neighborhood rent party all help to create one exciting and memorable evening.

This encore will feature the vocal talents of: Willena Vaughn (Kevin Kline Award nominee), Herman Gordon, Shelley Miller, Nakischa Joseph, Sam Huddleston and LaMesha Brown. Featured dancers are Ashi Smythe (featured dancer from the original Broadway cast of The Lion King), Rece Jones, Jamila Ajanaku, Samoria Austin, Ledell Watt and Steve Martin. The production is compiled and directed by Ralph E. Greene, Artistic Director of Unity Theatre Ensemble. David A. Foote (Kevin Kline Award nominee) is the music arranger and conductor. Choreography is by Andrea Smythe (instructor/dancer/choreographer trained by the renowned dance legend, Miss Katherine Dunham).

The Cotton Club Revue premiered in May 2008 to much critical acclaim. The Post Dispatch called it "a delightful evening of entertainment recalling the spirit of the Cotton Club... The company's enthusiasm is infectious throughout the show." KDHX Independent Media summed it up with "I further hope it's revived soon because I want to go back again and again...Bravo!"

It was also honored with 4 Kevin Kline Award nominations in January 2009: Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Musical Direction, and Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Don't miss the A-Train. Advance tickets are $21.00 general admission and $18.00 for senior citizens and students with I.D. and may be purchased at MetroTix Outlets (314) 535-1111 or at Afro World, Inc. (314) 389-5194. Tickets purchased at the door are $25.00 and $21.00. For group rates, reservations, and charge by phone, call the Unity Theatre Ensemble office at (314) 355-3586.

This production is supported in part by funding received from the Missouri Arts Council's Minority Arts Program, the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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