Kenny Brawner IS “RAY CHARLES” at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, New York on April 12, 2015, 3pm.
Kenny Brawner IS “RAY CHARLES”.
This brand new hybrid concert/theater work brings the music and story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life. Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner leads his 12-piece orchestra and 3 sultry vocalists performing this American legend’s most popular hits. What I’d Say, I Got A Woman, Georgia On My Mind, Doin’ the Mess Around, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Let The Good Times Roll are just some of the show stoppers in this extraordinary program. The songs are interwoven by “Ray” depicting how Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country music influenced his style. The Harlem-based Brawner Brothers Band is known for their sweet soul music, exceptional musicianship and charismatic stage personality.
“…the sound of Mr. Brawner singing is the stuff of an immediate good mood!” —Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times.
Kenny Brawner was born on August 9, 1944 in August, Georgia. He is no stranger to music and the theatre; known for his outstanding performance in the Broadway musical HAIR in 1979 to What Makes a Man at the Berkeley Street Theatre- Canadian Stage in Toronto, ON in 2014; this stage-music veteran always gives the performance of his life.
In 2011 he played in Clementine in the Lower 9 in San Francisco, a tragedy of a family struggling to survive; “Clementine” took place in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward nine months after Hurricane Katrina. As the family tale unfolded bluesy Kenny Brawner – the play’s Chorus and leader of the sharp four-piece band – opened the show with a tale of why the ancient Greek Gods moved to New Orleans in his acclaimed performance.
His other work includes Off-Broadway in The City Club, an original blues and jazz musical about the intoxication of music; and his numerous appearances at Joe’s Pub at the Public, NYC.
Kenny Brawner, Laiona Michelle, and Jack Koenig in “Clementine in the Lower 9”, San Francisco, CA, 2011. Photo courtesy of TheatreWorks.