A NIGHT WITH

SARAH VAUGHAN

Kimberlyn Avon 

Come out and listen through story and song of the miraculous life of Sarah Vaughan, most famously known as "Sassy" and "The Divine One."

Kimberlyn Avon is the definition of jazz.  If she had been placed in a time machine to take her back in time, she would have grown up with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Rosemary Clooney,  Judy Garland. She hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. and has been acting, singing and writing in one form or another all her life. To see her on stage one audience member wrote“…you never thought she was acting.”- Dewey Allen.  Last year, Kimberlyn Avon played a singing drag queen in the 2016, NYC International Fringe Festival Musical “That’s Misfits To You.”

 

Kimberlyn continues to study her craft of music and acting with major coaches in NYC. Her main focus is to produce and perfect this show so that the world will remember the life and times of Sarah Vaughan.

 

“A Night with Sarah Vaughan” is being directed by Juson Williams, singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and award winning choreographer.  The musical director is Dionne McClain-Freeney a pianist, composer, singer, choral director, arranger, and teaching artist who has appeared on numerous national and international stages.

Metropolitan Room

34 W 22nd Street

New York, NY 10010

November 3, 2017

Doors Open: 9:00PM

Show Time:  9:30PM

Musical DirectorDionne McClain-Freeney is a pianist, composer, singer, choral and musical director, arranger, and teaching artist who has appeared on numerous national and international stages, played in some of New York City’s most beloved churches, and accompanied many artists from Broadway, television, and the recording industry. Her award-winning compositions and arrangements (New York Musical Theater Festival, GLAAD Media Award nominee), including the music for The Movie Star and The Mammy, The Sugar Hill Sisters (book and lyrics by Bil Wright), and music and lyrics for This One Girl’s Story (book by Bil Wright) have been featured on television and radio, and praised in several online and print publications. Her composition with Allison Sniffin, “Going Home: A Movement of Voices,” received an Honorable Mention in the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Composition Challenge, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. Dionne was a headliner at Joe’s Pub in 2016, and is currently a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Director - A five time Audelco Award Winning Director/Choreographer/Actor/ Singer/Song Writer. He is a Midtown International Theatre Festival Award Recipient and proud owner of South Florida's Carbonell Award for his helming of, "Slow Dance On the Killing Ground" by William Hanley, POSITIVE+,  an informative play about those struggling with HIV in conjunction with the AIDS WALK. 

Juson has directed and choreographed works here and abroad and is the founder and Artistic Director of PHASES Theatre Ensemble in NYC. He is known for His work on NBC's "Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center", "Black Man Rising", "Go Back And Get God", "FLAMBEAUX", His original piece "INNER DEATH PHOTOGRAPHED OUTWARD"(a collection of stories from when we were kings 

and queens), Wild Women Of Planet Wongo." And so many other greats.

 

This fall, Juson will take on "Hairspray" at Long Island Center for the Arts,  "Motown" at the York theatre in NYC, and a piece entitled AMAMA at the winterfest NYC. He is so proud to be the head of this amazing piece called "A Night With Sarah Vaughan." 

General Admission $40.00

A $25.00 Food/Drink minimum included in general admission. September price increase to $50.00 general admission, and includes the $25.00 Food/Drink minimum.

www.kimberlynavon.com

kimberlynavon@me.com

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Published - August 29, 2017
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