"What does make this show spectacular is the many wonderful song and dance numbers, brilliantly executed on a very small stage in an intimate club. In fact On Kentucky Avenue uses all of the Triad Theater (Stage 72) space, with showgirls prancing down the aisle and on occasion interacting with members of the audience." - Paulanne Simmons, Theater Pizzazz
"It is the effervescent, revue-formatted display of talent that makes the production. Ty Stephens made a dynamic MC and singer, with Cheryl Freeman and Andricka Hall tops in the vocal department. Jeree White was also spotlighted as a guest star performing as Damita Jo." - William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
"Talents include singers Ty Stephens, Cheryl Freeman and Andricka Hall (caught in a love triangle with Stephens, who plays Ivan, the club's singing emcee) and guest star Jeree Wade, who co-created the show. Lightening up the love-complications (which never interfere with non-stop singing and costume changes by Stephens and Pearl Williams), is comedian Lee Summers "Slappy Black" (a nod to the real-life Slappy White, who played the club)." - Dr. Sue
ON KENTUCKY AVENUE - The Club Harlem Revue takes place in a time, before the Casinos took over Atlantic City, when nightclubbing was in vogue with leggy showgirls, hysterical comedians, and great singers & dancers.
The most famous of the clubs on the musical street known as Kentucky Avenue was the Club Harlem. It was thought of as a "black Copacabana" and featured the major black talent of the era with flair, fashion and fantastic stage shows from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
This revue is set during the Club Harlem dress rehearsal for opening night of the 1969 season. Within our fictional show, there is a love triangle between the MC, the lead showgirl, and the featured female singer. The show features an original score true to the era, interspersed with classic songs from the 60s, and captures the feel and aura of the club, based on experiences of Adam and Jeree Wade who performed there during different eras 30 years apart.
ON KENTUCKY AVENUE is presented by Robert R. Blume, Songbirds Unlimited Productions, Peter Martin/Rick Newman in association with J.R. Knauf, Marshall N. Warner, Marya Coburn & Step Forward Entertainment. Jazz producing legend, Cobi Narita is Associate Producer.
The show stars Ty Stephens, Cheryl Freeman, Andricka Hall and features Lee Summers as comedian Slappy Black with special guest artist, Jeree Wade as singer, Damita Jo. Also appearing are Dancers (in alphabetical order) Adam Bourque, Brian Davis, Donna Clark, Gregory J. Hanks, Mindy Haywood, Cassandra Palacio and Renee Ternier. The Musicians are Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascomb, Richard Cummings, Jr. and Damon Duewhite.
The show concept was written & developed by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens. Original music is by Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, Branice McKenzie, Wilbur Bascomb, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade. The Musical Direction is by Frank Owens. The Choreography is by Ty Stephens with Swing Dance Choreography by Mickey Davidson. Showgirl Consultant is Betty Jo and Creative Consultant is Russ Weatherford. Costumes created by Ty Stephens and Pearl Williams. Paulette Clark is the Assistant Production Manager. Les Schecter is the show's publicist.
Theater: STAGE 72 / THE TRIAD NYC
Address: 158 WEST 72ND STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006