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C.E. Smith belts it out in ‘Black Broadway’

Daily Staff Writer
Special to the Daily "Black Broadway" plays at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek tonight at 7:30.

With 54 Tony Awards, 33 Drama Desk Awards and six Grammys between them, songs from 12 great musicals will raise the rafters and bring the house down in “Black Broadway” this Saturday night at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek at 7:30 p.m. From the soaring lilt of Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” to the sly send-up of “Honeysuckle Rose,” the show slices deep into stunning Broadway music.

This tribute to all the incredible hits hardly contains itself with the power of “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls,” Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” “Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” from “Golden Boy,” Jelly Roll Morton’s “Come Rain or Shine,” George Benson’s “On Broadway” and “Tomorrow” from “Annie.”

“Black Broadway” stars stage veteran C.E. Smith. On Broadway, Smith won unanimous praise for the showcase role of “Horse” in the hit musical “The Full Monty.” His other mainstream credits include featured roles in “Dreamgirls,” “Street Corner Symphony” and “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues.”

Nationally, Smith appeared as featured soloist in “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” and with the legendary Lena Horne in “The Lady and Her Music.” On the international stage, he played “Jim” and “Simon” in European tours of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and Four Eyed Moe in the Melbourne company of “Five Guys Named Moe.” On the silver screen, Smith has had featured roles in “Cotton Club,” “Malcolm X” and “Goodfellas.”

“Black Broadway” is packed with humor, passion and drama, and the evening has been called “electrifying, devastating and simply unforgettable.”

Featured shows and songs include “Dreamgirls,” “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “When I First Saw You,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Bess You Is My Woman” and “I Loves You Porgy,” “Five Guys Named Moe’s” “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” “St. Louis Woman,” features “Come Rain Or Come Shine” and “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home,” as well as “Golden Boy’s” “Golden Boy,” “Guys and Dolls'” “More I Cannot Wish You” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat.” From “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” there is “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Handful Of Keys,” “Jelly’s Last Jam’s” “That’s How You Jazz” is included. “Sophisticated Ladies'” “Take The A Train” And “Mood Indigo,” “Purlie’s,” “Big River’s” “Free At Last” and “Hello Dolly’s” “So Long Dearie” round up the show.

“Black Broadway” promises to deliver an entertaining night of musical nostalgia and power-packed performances. Tickets are $38 and available by calling 845-TIXS (8497) or online at vilarcenter.org.

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