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The Funkentine Rapture

2005 Festival

Lee Summers

Shango Amin, Adrian Baily, Shoshana Bean, Aisha DeHass, Cary Gant, Dion Graham, Montalbon Paulo, Billy Porter, Anika Noni Rose, Lawrence Stallings, Joy Styles, Marty Thomas, Jeffery Thompson, Richard Vida and Lillias White

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Lee Summers

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 4
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Preferred Ensemble Size: 10
Total Cast Size: 16
Orchestra Breakdown:

10 pc. (piano, synth, drums, guitar, perc., trumpet, trombone, sax, flute)

Genre & Style:

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The soaring ’70s. Platform shoes, skyhigh ‘fros, and a beat to take you even higher. When an aspiring funkmaster reaches for the stars, he’s caught in an uproarious battle between good and evil, funk and disco, Kentucky fried and Harlem’s catfish surprise. Can he win the girl, gain the gig, and rescue the recipe from heinous hands?

Festival Successes

Reading at The Triad Theatre (NY), and production in Cleveland Playhouse/Karamu Theatre’s FusionFest (OH) in 2007. Staged reading at SUNY Empire State College, 2013, featuring Lillias White and Robert Fowler. Concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 2017, feat. Tony Winners Lillias White and James Monroe Iglehart and Lawrence Clayton, producer, Kent Nicholson