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Langston In Harlem

2004 Festival

Kent Gash

Darius DeHaas, Jerry Dixon, Danielle Lee Greaves, Marva Hicks, Brandy Massey, John Eric Parker, Billy Porter and Soara-Joye Ross

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Kent Gash, 404-733-4675

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 8
Number of Principals (Female): 7
Preferred Ensemble Size: 4
Total Cast Size: 19
Orchestra Breakdown:

10/12/201? 12:00:00 AM

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A music theatre piece made up of blues, jazz, spoken word poetry, rhythm and dance that evoke the state of mind that is Langston Hughes’ Harlem. This is not a typical book musical but rather a descendant of newer forms, a kind of musical montage in a dramatic format similar to Cats, Movin’ Out, or Def Poetry Jam. Based on the writings of one of America’s foremost poets and using his poetry as lyrics, Langston in Harlem is a stirring and vivid portrait of the artist at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, with a book by Kent Gash (Associate Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company) and music by Walter Marks (Emmy Award winner for the PBS series “Getting On” and songwriter of “I Gotta Be Me” and “The Singer”.)

Festival Successes

Off Broadway production at Urban Stages (NY) in 2010. Recipient of four AUDELCO awards, including Best Choreography.