“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Duke Ellington
September 21, 2016
MARGATE, FL: Kevin Black’s recent hit production, The Soul of Motor City, had audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles. The show received a Carbonell recommendation, and was extended numerous times past its originally scheduled closing date. It’s no wonder then, that Stage Door Theatre’s Executive Producer Derelle Bunn has asked Black to develop another brand new show for her ever-popular theatre.
Black’s Swing! Swing! Swing! will have its world premiere at Stage Door on October 7th. The show is scheduled to run through November 20th.
“Swing music has its roots in Jazz, beginning in New Orleans and Kansas City then eventually moving its way across the nation.” Black explains. “Once it reached New York City, the phenomenon quickly became the pop music of its day. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller took the jazz infused sounds of George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong and invented a genre that featured a strong drum and bass line, creating that unmistakable rhythm that lead to the high energy dance styles of the jitterbug and the jive.
“Swing! Swing! Swing! pays tribute to these Jazz and Swing classics, told through various thematic groupings of songs and artists,” he continues. “That Big Band sound, normally created by a 20 plus piece swing band, will be reimagined by utilizing live piano, bass and drums, while incorporating the cast as the brass section through rhythmic vocals and harmonized scatting. The show is set in an Art Deco style club, masterfully envisioned by Michael McClain. We are certain the more senior patrons of Stage Door will thoroughly enjoy reliving these timeless classics. Our hope is to bring this magnificent musical style to a new generation of audiences.”
Just a few of the classic pieces that will be revisited include ‘Tuxedo Junction’,’In The Mood”, ‘Stardust’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, and of course ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing.’
The cast of Swing! Swing! Swing! includes Sharyn Peoples, Don Seward, Emily Tarallo, Alexandra Van Hasselt, Danny Durr, and Elijah Wood, whose recent appearance in The Soul of Motor City received rave reviews.
Kevin Black is the owner of Kevin Black Productions, a global company providing entertainment to cruise lines, corporate events, resorts, musical theater productions, and tours. Kevin’s extensive cruise line work includes costume design, choreography, production, and direction on Norwegian, Saga, and Asuka Cruise Lines. Corporate clients include HP, Motorola, Muvico, and Giorgio Armani; tours include original works – Cirque style shows, as well as musical theater productions including La Cage Aux Folles, The Jazz Singer, Smokey Joe’s Café, Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, and Dreamgirls. Kevin’s work can currently be seen at the Villa de Palmar Resorts in Cabo, Mexico. His most recent work includes Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 8 Track, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Rags at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Florida; What’s New Pussycat?, On The Radio, A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises, Pompadour, Evita and The Soul of Motor City at The Stage Door Theatre in Margate, Florida. He also recently directed and choreographed Spamalot, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, and Into The Woods for Entre’Acte Theatrix performing at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Kevin is the producer, director and choreographer of an original children’s show, The Adventures of Bella & Harry, and is the Artistic Director for CAST (Career in the Arts, School of Talent) located in Cooper City, Florida.
Swing! Swing! Swing! will run from October 7 – November 20 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.
Tickets for Swing! Swing! Swing! are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at gghttp://www.stagedoortheatre.com.
For more information about Swing! Swing! Swing! and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoortheatre.com , or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244).
Swing! Swing! Swing!
October 7 – November 20
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
Choreographed by Kevin Black, Ben Bagby, Emily Tarallo and Danny Durr
Assistant Choreographer Isabel Trelles
Musical Direction by Ben Bagby
Assistant Musical Director Michael Friedman
Costume Design by Jerry Sturdefant of Carousel Theatrical
Scenic Design by Michael McClain
Lighting Design by Ardean Landhuis
Sound Design by Paul O’Donnell
Band Leader / Pianist – Michael Friedman
Bassist – Rupert Ziawinski
Percussionist – Roy Fantel
Tickets: $38 – $42
On line: www.stagedoortheatre.com
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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