REHEARSAL: AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
An Evening with Phyllis Hyman, a world premiere musical from the creators of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, in association with Sheryl Lee Ralph, the D.I.V.A. Foundation, and Reginald Van Lee. It stars Jacqueline B. Arnold; written by Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, directed by Kendrell Bowman. An afternoon press event unveiled a sneak peek rehearsal of musical numbers from Jacqueline B. Arnold with the full band, back-up singers, and tap dancers (no costumes), Smash Studios, New York, January 9, 2017. Guests included Melba Moore, Meli’sa Morgan, Darlene Scott, Kenneth Hanson, Marva Allen, Ty Hunter, Sheryl’s daughter- model Coco Maurice, and many more.
Kendrell Bowman, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jacqueline B. Arnold, and Anthony Wayne, New York, January 9, 2017. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Jacqueline B. Arnold (Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Off-Broadway: Martha Wash in Mighty Real; National tours: We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Rent; Harlette for Bette Midler) starring as Phyllis Hyman; Co-Creator and Co-Producer Anthony Wayne (Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical; Broadway: Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert); Co-Creator, Co-Producer, and Director Kendrell Bowman; Band Members: Enga Davis and Larry Hendricks (vocals), James Cage (trumpet), Darnell Howard (drums), Ben Natti (guitar), Alex “Busby” Smith (bass), David Watson (saxophone, flute), Alonzo Harris (Musical Director, keyboards), Lamont Brown and Michael Everett (tap dancers).
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Anthony Wayne, Kendrell Bowman, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, New York, January 9, 2017. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Meli’sa Morgan, Melba Moore, Jacqueline B. Arnold, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, New York, January 9, 2017. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Phyllis Linda Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995) was a singer, songwriter, and actress born in Philadelphia, and grew up in St. Clair Village, the South Hills section of Pittsburgh. Born to an Italian mother and African-American father, Hyman was the eldest of seven children. She was also the first cousin once removed of actor Earle Hyman (best known for his recurring role on The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxtable). After leaving Pittsburgh, her music training started at a music school graduating 1971. She is best known for her singles and albums from the late 1970s to the early 1990s and performing on Broadway in the 1981 musical based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies, which ran from 1981 to 1983, earning her a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She recorded numerous Soul and R&B albums; some of her singles include “You Know How to Love Me”, “Living All Alone”, and a cover of “Betcha By Golly Wow,” among many others. Her film credits include Spike Lee’s School Daze. Ms. Hyman, who suffered from bipolar depression, committed suicide by overdose on June 30, 1995.
An Evening with Phyllis Hyman will be performed at The Actor’s Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York. The strictly limited engagement begins Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Strictly Limited Six Performance Engagement
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Sunday February 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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Sources: An Evening with Phyllis Hyman, Bill Coyle Entertainment, Wikipedia