July 8 3pm Reynolds Hall
From Broadway With Love: Honoring The Shoulders We Stand On!
THIS SHOW IS HUGE!!! 16 of some of our favorite songs from some of our favorite Broadway Musicals; The Wiz, Wicked, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, CATS, and many, many more!!! 15+ guest artists which between them all are, 8 Grammy Awards, 4 Tony Awards, 1 Drama Desk Award, 10 American Music Awards, 2 NAACP Awards, and 1 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee! 20+ international guest performers from Broadway In The H.O.O.D Canada, 300+ local actors, singers, dancers, and musicians all on stage in Reynolds Hall at the beautiful Smith Center!! This awesome fundraiser will pay tribute to the greats who paved the way for us to perform to sold out crowds at The Smith Center, with a very special tribute to Mr. Sammy Davis Jr., starring world renowned entertainers Clint Holmes, Bubba Knight, Earl Turner and Avree Walker!
With Broadway being our theme, we have assembled a dynamic cast of actors, singers, dancers & musicians; weaving a beautiful tapestry dedicated to Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Redd Foxx and many others. Join Broadway and Las Vegas living legend, Reva Rice (Starlight Express, Fosse, The Color Purple & Vegas The Show), four-time Grammy Award-winner Deniece Williams, Veteran screen and stage actor, Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas. Hosted by Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple & Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical), Moya Angela (In Transit: The Musical, Dreamgirls, The Lion King, Ghost: The Musical and America’s Got Talent), Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys, The Other Guy, Damn Yankees, Starlight Express) and Anika Ellis-Mungin (Aida, Sweet Charity, The Color Purple, KC & The Sunshine Band vocalist). With musical direction by Dave Richardson (Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Phantom: Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers, The Lion King, Surf! The Musical and Rock of Ages). Featuring the cast of Broadway In The H.O.O.D Las Vegas, Virginia and Canada, with performances by many, many others as Broadway in the H.O.O.D presents its first annual “Las Vegas Honors,” celebrating and honoring those who paved the way, and those who continue to pave the way! From Broadway With Love will serve as a benefit concert for Broadway In The H.O.O.D (Helping Others Open Doors).
Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “free style hard core.” The Tony Award-winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like Jelly’s Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for Best Choreographer.
Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on Sesame Street. He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet. Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.
Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.
Merald “Bubba” Knight Jr ( Gladys Knight & The Pips)
Recording Artist and performer, Merald “Bubba” Knight Jr. was born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and is an ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBER of The Pips…aka, Gladys Knight and The Pips. He is a product and graduate of the Atlanta school system (Archer High School) and attended UNLV (Fine Arts Degree Program). He has been performing for over 73 years. The Pips were founded at a birthday party for Bubba in 1952. Original members of the group were brother and sisters Bubba, Brenda and Gladys Knight and cousins, William and Eleanor Guest. Later Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest left the group to pursue their college educations and were replaced by Langston George and another cousin, Edward Patten. Langston left the group in the early 1960’s and the remaining members of Gladys Knight and the Pips continued to perform together for the next 30 years (Gladys, Bubba, William and Edward).
As a recording artist, Bubba recorded for Brunswick, Huntom, Fury, Vee-jay, Max, Motown, Buddah, Columbia, and MCA Records. He has received 1 Platinum Album, 5 Gold Albums, 12 Gold Singles, 5 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 2 NAACP Image Awards, 2 Ebony Black Achievement Awards, 1 Clio (for commercial work), numerous Billboard Awards and many, many other honors. Gladys Knight and the Pips have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1996), The Georgia Hall Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and are recipients of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s “Pioneers-Lifetime Achievement Award”. In addition to singing, Bubba was co-producer of the “Imagination” & “The Life” albums and on a number of their single recordings, i.e. “Midnight Train To Georgia”, “Imagination” (the single), “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”, and “Save The Overtime for Me”. He also was a member of the Knight/Dees/Knight production and writing team.
Bubba has performed around the world including South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Canada, South America, Norway, the Maldives, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and various Caribbean countries. In 1975, on NBC, Gladys Knight and The Pips were one of the first African American musical groups to have a Summer Replacement Series on television. The group also performed in over 100 other TV programs including The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson and Jay Leno), The Mike Douglas Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Richard Pryor Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Soul Train, The Murphy Brown Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Hollywood Squares, The Midnight Special, and many others. His commercial work included Coke-A-Cola, Ungentine, Geico and McDonalds.
He continued to perform as a “special guest star” on a number of shows including the Gladys Knight Show at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and the Gladys Knight Touring Company until 2016. Bubba also performed and toured in, as a featured cast member, the Broadway Show, “Smokey Joe’s Café (The Music of Lieber and Stoller)” for two years (2000 and 2001) and was a featured performer in a Las Vegas show titled “Mondays Dark” in 2014. Bubba has performed for several presidents, campaigned to elect numerous Mayors and before Prince Charles of England.
In addition to singing, dancing, writing and producing music for a living, Bubba hosted the Turner South Network TV show, Liars and Legends, from 2002-2004 and co-hosted a local TV Show, “Smooth Vegas Knights” in 2006. He also acted as Supervising Producer for the HBO TV Special, “Sisters in the Name of Love” featuring Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick. And, in addition to being an honoree for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter’s Tribute Award in 2010, he produced their annual fundraiser (show) for 5 years.
Always cognizant of giving back to the community, that has supported him over the years, Bubba is active in supporting local community groups and service projects…for which he has received a number of community service awards (i.e., The City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Black Image Magazine, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the LV Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Senator Harry Reid…among others). He also believes in sharing “his” story with a younger generation, and in 2014, completed a video/auditory interview with The HISTORYMAKERS which is now housed (archived) in the U.S. Library of Congress in addition to helping to compile performance articles of Gladys Knight and The Pips for their display in the Smithsonian NMAACH, which opened in 2016. And, in 2017, Bubba completed his story…”Bubba Knight’s Story-Through the Eyes of a Pip”…, for the African American Public Radio Consortium.
Bubba is an avid sports enthusiast and athlete and is the son of Merald W. Knight Sr. and Elizabeth Woods Knight. He is married (Kathleen Turner Knight) and the father of 3 adult children (Valesia, Merald III and Craig Sr.), 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Born June Deniece Chandler, but known by her stage name, Deniece Williams, is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Williams, whose music has been influenced by Soul and Funk, is known for her hits such as “Free”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”, and for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis.
As Deniece Chandler, she recorded for The Toddlin’ Town group of labels and one of those early records, ‘I’m Walking Away’ released on Toddlin’ Town’s ‘Lock Records’ subsidiary in the late 60′s, is a favorite on England’s Northern Soul scene. As her success grew, she found herself on the fast track. One thing led to another and Deniece became a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder as part of “Wonderlove.” in the early 1970s. It was an exciting time and she experienced many things on her journey. In 1975, Deniece decided to venture forward, leaving Stevie Wonder and signing with Columbia Records. She then teamed up with two famed producers: Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, and his frequent collaborator, Charles Stepney. Her 1976 debut album entitled This Is Niecy was released. The single “Free” reached #2 on the Black Singles chart, #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the British Singles chart. The album also featured “Cause You Love Me Baby” (which charted separately on the R&B chart as the flip side of “Free”) and “That’s What Friends Are For”. She also shared a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with pop singer Johnny Mathis in 1978 with the duet “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”. The duet also topped the Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Williams also topped the dance charts with her disco single “I’ve Got the Next Dance”. Mathis and Williams also recorded the popular theme to the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, “Without Us”.
Williams moved on to the American Recording Company (ARC) in the early 1980s where she scored the top ten R&B smash hit “Silly” in 1981. The following year, yet another famed producer, Thom Bell, helped Williams score another #1 R&B chart-topper with her remake of The Royalettes’ “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” which became a Top 10 pop hit as well, reaching #10.
In 1984, Deniece released the album Let’s Hear It for the Boy, in which the title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. She also contributed vocals, along with Maurice White, to the song “And Then” from Weather Report’s album Mr. Gone released in 1982. She continued releasing albums during the 1980s such as Hot On The Trail (1986), Water Under The Bridge (1987), and As Good As It Gets (1988), which featured her last Top Ten hit to date, “I Can’t Wait”, written by Skylark.
Although Deniece had recorded one inspirational song on almost each of her albums, it was in 1980 that her musical career path began change toward one of her favorite things, Gospel music. She joined with friends Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire fame), Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo to present a gospel show at a popular Los Angeles club named The Roxy. After that, both Bailey and Williams decided to pursue careers in Christian music.
In 1983, Deniece and Bailey recorded “They Say”, an atmospheric, slow praise song that builds towards the end with rousing words of praise. The song was written by songwriters Skip Scarborough and Terri McFaddin and received airplay on both Urban and Gospel Black radio. Deniece later recorded the song with Christian artist Sandi Patti and won a Grammy for it. In 1984, Deniece sang a Gospel song at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards. She sang an a cappella version of her 1977 composition “God Is Amazing”. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, “So Glad I Know” which brought her two Grammy awards.
Deniece would continue to write, record and release Gospel music for the next several years. From 1996 to 2004, she presented her own BBC radio show in the UK, showcasing new gospel and inspirational music. During that time (1999) she recorded the Gospel album This Is My Song, which brought her another Grammy award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
Deniece continues to work on countless projects and is still quite active in the music industry today. She has an incredible four-octave range and distinctive soprano voice. Her vocal range was also pointed out by The New York Times, “Miss Williams mounted a spectacular vocal display in which her penetrating, feline soprano soared effortlessly to E flat above high C, and she worked various vowel sounds into prolonged feats of vocal gymnastics”.
Holmes, best known for his silky vocal stylings, has also honed his many other talents, which include dancing and a warm comedic touch. Perhaps Clint picked up that comedy know-how from the ever-popular Bill Cosby, with whom he shared a stage. “I learned a lot from Don (Rickles) and Bill who were both very generous with me when I opened for them”, said Holmes. “They never held me back or limited my time on stage. I particularly learned a jazz comedian riffling style from the two of them.”
Holmes comes by his tremendous talent naturally. His father is an African-American jazz musician and his mother is a classically trained opera singer from Great Britain. Clint admits it was the best of two musical worlds. “My mom taught me how to sing correctly, and my dad taught me how to enjoy it.” Casual elegance describes Clint’s presence on stage. He has a magical way of filling a room with a warm, comfortable sound. Clint’s musical selections range from contemporary to classic, with jazz and opera thrown into the mix. In addition, he has an energy and passion for life and performing that are infectuous. He exudes pure joy when he sings.
Having spent more than 20 years performing, Holmes has served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show”, as the musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight”, and as the host of his own Emmy award-winning talk/variety show. Holmes freely admits, though, that he loves nothing more than performing before a live audience. He released a DVD of his live performance at the Clint Holmes Theater at Harrah’s, which debuted nationwide via IN DEMAND on July 7, 2001. In 2006, his PBS special of his Las Vegas act was aired nationwide. PBS filmed three acts in Las Vegas for airing recently and along with Barry Manilow and Andrea Boccelli, Mr. Holmes found himself in great company.
Since moving to Las Vegas, Clint has quickly become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as a major star in the entertainment arena. He was selected as “Best Kept Secret” by Las Vegas Life Magazine, and “Best Singer” (two years in a row), “Best All-Around Las Vegas Performer” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Additionally, he has been the featured performer and host for the “Best of Las Vegas” gala for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and host of the “Las Vegas Life Epicurean Awards”. Clint was inducted into the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame and into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. Perhaps what has endeared Clint most to people of Las Vegas is his never-ending spirit of graciousness. In a short time, he has become involved with several worthwhile causes in the community such as Candlelighters, ROB Reachout, Shadetree, St. Jude’s, and various cultural events. Following a brief battle with colon cancer, he is currently serving as a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, encouraging people over age 50 to have annual colonoscopies. He has also taken a special interest in mentoring young people interested in becoming entertainers by working closely with the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. In December 2005, he launched the Clint Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts, which benefits children in art and music programs in the Clark County School District.
In the world of theater, Clint is a seasoned performer and writer. Along with Nelson Cole he created the book, music, and lyrics for the musical, “Comfortable Shoes”. Clint starred in the world premiere of this musical at the legendary Papermill Playhouse. The musical had another successful run at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Clint recently starred as Simon Zealotes in the Youth Theatre America one-night-only benefit production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Ben Vereen, and Jack Black.
Clint continues to create with his musical director and arranger, the international award-winning composer, arranger, and performer, Jeffrey Neiman. Mr. Neiman has had a long and distinguished carreer in music, production, and film and television scoring. He has worked with a diverse array of artists such as Billy Preston, BB King, and Tower of Power. Along with Mr. Holmes and director Larry Moss, he is the co-writer of the Clint Holmes shows “Inspired”, “Remebering Bobby Short” and the Bistro Award-winning “This Thing Called Love” The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon”.
Clint has finished writing his latest musical, “Just Another Man”, with Larry Moss and Bill Fayne. The world premiere of this exciting new musical starring Mr. Holmes was presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at the Judy Bailey Theater at UNLV. In late 2011, he premiered a major cabaret piece, “Remembering Bobby Short”, a loving homage to the man who defined New York cabaret. It was performed at the legendary Cafe Carlyle, where Bobby Short held court for over 30 years. In early 2012, he premiered another major work, “This Thing Called Love-The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon”. Those shows were co-created and co-written by Cecilia Johnson and produced by Mrs. Johnson’s production company, Deep End Productions, and directed by Larry Moss to rave reviews. In April of 2012, Mr. Holmes was honored to assume the mantle of Artist-In-Residence at Cabaret Jazz in the newly opened Smith Center For the Performing Arts, a world-class performing arts center that rivals any such venue anywhere in the world. Mr. Holmes performs a new show there each month to sell-out crowds.
Reva Rice was born in Toledo, Ohio to Flute and Pearl Esterine Shields Rice. She began training in dance, theatre, and piano when she was five. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music.
Reva is an American musical theatre actress and singer. She originated the role of Pearl in Starlight Express on Broadway, and played the character in the show’s 1992 London run. She also played the role on tour in the USA and in Las Vegas.
Other credits include Velma in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and the television show, The Watcher. She played Roz in the world premiere musical production of JAM: Just Another Man, a musical about the life of Clint Holmes, at the Judy Bayley Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She most recently was the standby for The Lady of the Lake in the Las Vegas cast of Spamalot and was a part of the Las Vegas tryout of the new musical, All in: The Poker Musical.
She has been a cast member of the national tour of the musical version of The Color Purple as a part of the ensemble, and understudied the lead character of Shug Avery. She is currently (as of 2011) performing in David Saxe’s VEGAS! THE SHOW, playing now at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Rice led the cast in the Japanese production of Fosse, based on the work of choreographer Bob Fosse. She was also one of the finalists on the television show Star Search.
Antonio Fargas is legendary and an icon in the film, television and theatre industry. Antonio is a remarkable talent who has a glimmer of mystery and mischief in his eyes and who has the ability to portray a wide and vast array of characters throughout his long and storied career.
Recognizable for his unforgettable characters “Huggy Bear” in Starsky & Hutch, “Bunky” in Shaft, “Link Brown” Foxy Brown, and “Lindy” in Carwash clearly established Antonio Fargas as a bona fide icon.
Antonio Fargas began his journey into film at the age of 14 in Shirley Clark’s The Cool World which was quickly followed by his brilliant performance in Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope.
Quickly Antonio Fargas became the name on everybody’s lips as he starred in a long list of studio film including Shaft, Foxy Brown, Carwash, Across 110 Street, Cleopatra Jones, Carwash, Next Stop Greenwich Village, and Pretty Baby. All along Antonio was starring on television in his iconic character “Huggy Bear” on the hit ABC series Starsky & Hutch.
Antonio followed with film after film which were box office successes for which he received critical acclaim for Fire Starter, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central, Milo, 3 Strikes, The Riff, Extreme Honors, Bad Guys, Sucker Punch, The Abduction of Jesse Bookman, Silver Bells,Until We Meet Again, and the upcoming Beyond Skyline.
Following on the success of Starsky & Hutch Antonio starred in a number of television shows including All My Children, Charlie’s Angels, Living Single, Vegas, The Simpsons, Eve, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, The Bill Cosby Show, The District, Steve Harvey Show, The Wayans Brothers, Everybody Hates Chris, Numbers, Lie to Me, Brothers, House of Lies and is the voice and spokesperson for CoziTV.
Antonio Fargas starred in a number of Movies for Television both in the United States and Europe. Antonio starred in Soul Survivors for the BBS opposite Ian McShane and Isaac Hayes, Fox’s Ali: An American Hero, NBC’s Maid for Each Other, Escape, Ironside, HBO’s Florida Straits with Raul Julia, Paper Dolls opposite Joan Collins and Daryl Hannah, “Huggy Bear and the Turkey, Huckelberry Finn with Ron Howard and Merle Haggard, PBS’s Denmark Veresy, A Good Sport, The Ambush Murder starring opposite James Brolin, Amy Madigan and Alfre Woodard, Nurse, and the Syfy original Snakehead Swamp.
Antonio has always found his way onto the stage and theatre has always been a great passion for him. He thrilled audiences with his riveting performance in The Great White Hope starring opposite James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. He has mesmerized theatre goers from Broadway to London with starring performance in Driving Miss Daisy, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, The Rainmaker, The Emperor Jones, the Mark Taper Forum’s Dream on Monkey Mountain, the New York Shakespeare Fest’s Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet, James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner in the West End of London, The Dead Monkey starring opposite his friend and former Starsky & Hutch colleague David Soul, and most recently starring in the smash hit musical The Blues Brothers.
Not to leave a stone unturned or a part of the industry untried, Antonio has lent his voice to a number of animations and video games which have included Osmosis Jones with Bill Murray and Chris Rock, and mega video game Driver 2.
Antonio and a partner formed a hip-hop production company, Bumpit Entertainment, as an outlet for his musical approach to old school hip-hop fusion and to give young artists the opportunity to break into the music industry. Antonio teamed with Fat Face Records in the UK to record the hit song Big Bertha Butt. Antonio has recently created a jive jazz group the New Jump Blues Band which has been touring and just played the Los Angeles Playboy Jazz Festival.
Antonio is a proud father, grandfather and philanthropist who gives of his time to his family and to the youth through a number of programs. Antonio Fargas is an icon in every sense of the word and he looks forward too many more years of delighting audiences and giving back to the community.
Moya Angela began making music a pivotal part of her life at a very young age. She attended North Central High School in her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, where she got heavily involved with their music department. She ventured into musical theatre during High School where she was lead singer for the #1 show choir in the State of Indiana – the Counterpoints.
In 1998, Angela began touring the Midwest competing with the Counterpoints. She received Best Female Solo at each of the four competitions in which the choir participated that first year. With graduation on her heels, she began doing solo competitions for some major scholorships to ensure her admission into a college or university. She won a Prelude Award, presented by the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis.
In 2001, Angela attended Kentucky State University with a major in Music Education and a Theater Minor. She spent most of her freshmen year traveling around the country with the award winning Kentucky State Concert Choir and participating in the Opera Music Theater Workshop. Her Sophomore year she was a younger than average lead in the winter opera, playing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. One summer she played the role of Addapearle in The Wiz. The next summer she played Sara in Ragtime and sang “Your Daddy’s Son.”
Angela earned three Encore awards from the Indianapolis Theatre Society for her vocal and theatrical work. When her fourth year of college came around, she felt she had outgrown the university and was ready to step out on faith and begin to pursue her career. The following summer she auditioned for the Tony award-winning Broadway musical The Lion King. Four months later, she was touring the U.S. with the national tour. She joined the tour’s cast as a singer-swing. She covered eight roles, two being the principal roles of Shenzi and Rafiki.
In 2007, while the tour was in Honolulu, Hawaii, she begin feeling very passionate about giving back to the community. Angela decided to put on a benefit show featuring her favorite songs called Shades of our Journey. She gave a school in Honolulu all the proceeds from the sold-out productions.
After her contract with The Lion King was up, Angela went home to recoup from being on the road for two and a half years. Not wanting to let too much off time distract her from her dream, she was thrilled to get a call from Binder Casting asking her to fly to New York City to audition for the role of Effie White in a tour of Dreamgirls.
While on sabbatical from acting, Moya served as a drama teacher in South Africa for a couple months before relocating to Las Vegas where she continued to teach.
Angela is currently starring in the a cappella Broadway musical In Transit at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York. She has aspirations of being a solo recording artist.
A multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, and actor, Earl Turner cannot recall a moment without music in his life. At the age of 13 Earl made his performing debut, was rewarded with a payment of fifty cents and was hooked. At 19 years of age, Earl began pursuing his musical dreams traveling the U.S. with various show bands. Later, he began working as a front man and solo recording artist. In the mid 80’s, Earl had a Top 40 dance hit in Europe, “Love Caught You By Surprise.”
From the start, audiences and critics loved his act; an act made up “of songs that people can relate to, songs of any genre. I really like music that’s fun.” One critic wrote, “Earl Turner Live is an evening that you should not miss.” Another noted, “More than anything else, Turner wins over the crowd by working hard.”
Earl has performed at many major hotel casinos across the U.S. including Caesars Palace, The Showroom at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, The Paris Hotel and Casino, The Showroom at Harrah’s Laughlin, and The Hilton Atlantic City. Harrah’s New Orleans transformed the Mansion Ballroom into The Earl Turner Theatre where Earl performed for 2 years. Over the years, Earl has shared the stage with Lou Rawls, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, Ron Tyson of the Temptations, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and legendary comedian George Wallace.
Earl has received numerous awards including the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” and was voted as one of the “People To Watch” by the New Orleans Magazine. He was also inducted into the New Orleans Music Hall of Fame. His charitable works include The Special Olympics, The Blood Center of Louisiana and Opportunity Village of Las Vegas. In January 2014, Earl became acting spokesperson for Easter Seals of Nevada.
Currently, Earl and his wife, Christine, spend their time traveling the world. Earl is a guest headliner for Royal Caribbean International between performing in Las Vegas, special events, and concerts.
Travis is truly one of the most expressive vocalist & impressive stage personalities to have come along in quite some time. His range is not only remarkable, but at the same time effortless and full of nuance.
Travis previously played Frankie Valli in the TONY/ Grammy Award winning musical JERSEY BOYS, where he’s been called “transformative”. After playing the role on Broadway, he joined the Las Vegas production that has been voted numerous times the “best show on the Strip” by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
As a featured soloist with both the Abilene & Las Vegas Philharmonics, his performance was called “Amazing” & “Classy, Jazzy, & Rat Pack smooth!”
Crowds jumped to their feet at his sold out appearances at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. His show Setting the Standard filled the room with some of the best jazz, pop, & Broadway music the room has seen. The LVSun says,”he’s one of Vegas’ most accomplished showmen.”
Christmas at My Place is the quintessential Holiday show and fills audiences with the warm feelings of the season. You never know which star from Broadway, the Screen, or the Strip will join Travis for a tune.
A triple threat international artist, who has been performing professionally since 13 years of age. Born and raised in the Washington, DC, Anika began her classical ballet and modern dance training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and continued on to train at the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Continuing her higher education at New York University and performing with different local DC & NY based dance companies, such as New World Dance Company, Complexions and Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn, Anika was introduced to two amazing singers in the NYC area and formed a trio group named “Lyrics”. Signed to 550 Music and Sony Records, the trio recorded their one and only Album and released the single entitled “Summertime”. While cultivating her vocal skills and wanting more out of the industry, Anika decided to venture into the Broadway world, and in 1999, she landed her 1st Broadway National Tour, “Fosse”. Broadway credits include: “Aida” gracing the stage with artists such as, Simone, Toni Braxton, Michelle Williams and Deborah Cox, and the wonderful Micky Dolan. Also, the original cast member of the revival of “Sweet Charity,” with Christina Applegate and the Original cast member of Oprah Winfrey’s, The Color Purple, both Broadway and National Tour with Fantasia; Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre show credits include: “Dreamgirls,” and “A Chorus Line.” She was also an international sensation Lead for the Broadway bound show entitled, James Walski’s “Trip of Love” in 2007, currently now on Broadway.
Living in New York, afforded her many opportunities. Among which were a feature in the Real Simple magazine, promoting good health through the benefits of Yoga, and also a hair model for Essence Magazine. Using her vocal skills not only for the stage, she dabbled in jingles for different commercials and local cable stations and also performed and recorded with Rob Thomas as one of the background singers on the “Something To Be” Album.
Stepping into the world of film, Anika was able to be one of the principle stunt women in the exciting and captivating 2006 film, “I Am Legend” with Will Smith.
After enjoying an extensive Broadway career, she moved to Macau, China in 2008-2009 and then to Singapore in 2010, where she was the lead vocalist for an independent band headlining at the famous Venetian Casino and Resort and at the exquisite Marina Bay Sands Casino and Resort.
Currently, Mrs. Anika Ellis-Mungin is on tour with the amazing KC and The Sunshine Band and having the time of her life. As she continues to be versatile and utilize her talents in various capacities, there is no limit to her accomplishments. Anika Ellis-Mungin, of Grace and Beauty, Humbled by her success but always ready for Greatness. Keep on the look-out for more to come.
A Norfolk, Virginia native, Anthony Wayne finds joy in sharing his gifts with the world. Since graduating from Maury High School and then College with his Bachelors in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, he has toured The United States and the World extensively with Fame – The Musical (U.S./Korea) as Tyrone Jackson, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin, and the First Broadway National Tours of The Color Purple and A Chorus Line as Richie. His Regional Credits include Parade as Jim Conley, CATS as Rum Tum Tugger, AIDA (Maine State Music Theatre), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), SWING! (Theatre Under the Stars, Houston), Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines (Arena Stage, D.C.), Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe, San Diego) and PIPPIN (American Repertory Theatre). His further training extends from The Alvin Ailey School in New York City to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago in Illinois. Off-Broadway, he was seen in the Critically Acclaimed NY City Center Encores! productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Bells Are Ringing. He made his Broadway debut in the recent Revival of Anything Goes starring Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey and then moved on to the Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical. He was featured as part of the iconic Manson Trio in the Original Company of the 2013 TONY Award Winning Broadway Revival of PIPPIN as well. Mr. Wayne decided to step out and write something that would fit his talents like a glove. With his life partner, Kendrell Bowman, they created their own company (ANTHONYKEN, LLC.) and Produced a Brand, New Musical entitled “MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL” written by Wayne and directed by Bowman. The show is based on the life of the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER and after their SOLD OUT runs in New York City Off-Broadway, The Brava Theater in San Francisco as well as numerous cities around the country, they plan on bringing MIGHTY REAL to BROADWAY Spring, 2017. Go to www.FabulousSylvester.com NOW for all of the exciting details. Anthony Wayne sees himself walking in the footsteps of those who came before him such as Ben Vereen, Gregg Burge, Hinton Battle, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines. Driven and determined, Mr. Wayne is a Passionate and Anointed individual who gives God the Glory in all he does. Anthony is backed by love and consistent encouragement from his family and his partner, Kendrell Bowman. He loves to open his heart and spirit through his work to be an Inspiration for others to push on to New Plateaus and Higher Heights, no matter what obstacles arise. That is the Passion of Anthony Wayne.
Lindell Blake was born in the West Indies and soon immigrated to NYC with his parents. He was a 3 time high school all around gymnastics champion and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania. While there he explored tap and break dancing. He toured Europe and South America for 3 years as the lead dancer in the first international break-dancing group, Break Machine. Blake was also one of the featured dancers in the Michael Jackson videos, Bad and Smooth Criminal, principal stunt double for Eddie Murphy in the movie, Coming to America, and starred in two independent short films, Sneaks and Ironmen. In Las Vegas, Blake starred in Kenneth Feld’s Madhattan, the first stage show to open at the NEW YORK-NEW YORK Hotel & Casino, and also guest starred in Midnight Fantasy at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Blake also produced, hosted and performed in two National Tap Dance Day events televised in Las Vegas. Blake’s latest work, Tap in Time and “10”, short for the 10 Tap Commandments BD before dance continues to stretch thought from the beginning to the end.
Originally from near Pittsburgh, PA, Dave Richardson has lived in Las Vegas for nineteen years, working as a keyboardist, arranger, and session player. Dave moved here after attending the University of Miami, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance, and his Master’s degree in composition and arranging. Since arriving in Las Vegas, he has performed with David Foster, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Ruben Studdard, Charice, Philip Bailey, Dan Hill, Jackie Evancho, Latin recording artists Lorenzo Antonio and Sparx, jazz saxophonist Rick Margitza, the Clint Holmes show, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers, The Lion King, and Surf! The Musical . However, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns will always be his first love and musical home.
Dave’s recording credits with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns include Santa Fe Live, Let the Healing Begin, and When the Curtain Goes Up, which includes five of his original songs. One of those songs, Si Te Vas, has been recorded by the Tortilla Factory, and has received extensive radio airplay. In addition to these, Dave’s recording credits include A Bailar, with Lorenzo Antonio and Sparx, Burning Organ, with virtuoso rock guitarist Paul Gilbert, and with his partner, Lenny Lopez, Let There Be Peace On Earth, a Christmas CD to benefit victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Currently, Dave is Associate Musical Director with Rock of Ages at the Venetian Las Vegas, as well as continually performing with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns.