The Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center opens its 52nd season on Friday, September 20, at 350 Masten Avenue with Ladies Swing The Blues: A Jazz Opus Folklore in the Key of Swing, Four jazz icons, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee gather in the jazz club Birdland in 1953 to sing, swing, & riff, about the death of Charlie Parker.
Ladies Swing The Blues premieres at 8p.m.. on Friday, September 20 as part of Buffalo’s annual Curtain Up! event.
Curtain time for the remainder of the run – through Sunday, October 13 – is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sunday Matinee’s at 4pm.
The production cast features Brittany M. Rumph, John Campfield, Kacy Lynn Carbone, Latosha Jennings and Lily Jones with an amazing live band under the Direction of Mr. Frazier Thomas Smith with Abdul Rahman Qadir, Ben Levitt, Jeremy Nesbitt, Quentin McCauley.
The revue is Written, Directed and Choreographed by Thomas W. Jones II with original music composition by William Knowles. Thomas has directed, written, and performed in more than 200 plays worldwide.
In 1978, Tom founded Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, Tom led Jomandi to become the third largest A.frican-American theatre company in the United States.
His work as writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. He recently directed Kandi Burress’ musical A Mother’s Love, Only Just a Minute and Mary Honey B. Morrison’s play Single Husbands.
Tom is also working on several exciting projects including A Musical Evening with Frankie Lymon and Bllackberry Daze.