An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance
March 1 - 4, 2012
Featuring Adrienne Danrich with Djordje Nesic, pianist
Next Act Theatre is pleased to welcome back African-American soprano Adrienne Danrich to once again share her "liquid-silver voice" and unique style of performance-documentary with our patrons and community.
AN EVENING IN THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE is an historical and artistic recounting of the glory of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Ms. Danrich's objective is to reveal the depth and breadth of artistic accomplishment within New York's African American community. Against a backdrop of photographic images and Harlem-generated paintings, the music of Fats Waller, William Grant Still, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Kurt Weill is woven together with the poetry of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and others.
"Danrich, who wrote this show, shines as its sun, and not just because of her gorgeous singing."
"Her richness and clarity, her seamless tonal quality throughout the range, her deft articulation and emotional commitment to the sentiments of the music dazzled at every turn."
"[Adrienne Danrich] brought along Will Johnson, a spectacular bass-baritone with international credits, to give a spine-tingling account of Old Man River, among other numbers."
Bonnie North of Lake Effect chats with soprano Adrienne Danrich, pianist Djordje Nesic and Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini about poetry, music and a behind the scenes look at An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance.
The production is made possible by a gift from the Robert W. Baird & Co. Foundation.