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In Josephine's Cotton- The Revue, The First Black American Superstar dives deeper into her childhood, adult life experiences and reflections through imagining a world that might exist during the Harlem Renaissance movement. Imagine All of the Icons Meeting the Great Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Carmen Miranda, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong,  Eartha Kitt & More! This fictional portrayal through stories of pioneers are timeless and sure to capture audiences globally. Josephine's experiences with a cast of exuberant influential icons will prove to be as timely as they are potent.

 

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With the repeal of the repressive Cabaret Laws that had been a thorn in the side of club goers for a century, New York City took to the streets to dance in the rain.

 

In spite of torrential rain, the mood of the marchers in New York City’s 2018 Dance Parade couldn’t have been more celebratory. Following the recent repeal of the Cabaret Laws that plagued New York City for nearly a century with a repressive policy towards dancing, the activists and dancers who created the parade beamed with triumph. Now in its 12th year, the parade has grown from a grassroots idea into one of the most vibrant cultural events in the city calendar. The group behind the parade is Metropolis in Motion, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by New York City residents who believed that the right to dance should not be restricted or hindered. While at its core an activist movement, the parade has gained, by design, decidedly more recognition as a cultural event. It is, after all, a celebration of dancing.

 

Yana Landowne, a member of Metropolis in Motion and now co-chair of the Dance Parade, said, “We realized as a parade we could not be solely about the Cabaret Laws. We spoke about them, and anyone participating could protest against them, but we as an organization were focused on being cultural, focusing on everyone feeling celebrated and being able to share that.” With this wider focus, the parade has never been more varied, with over 83 different dances being represented, the parade has seen its reach grow to as many as 10,000 people. The year’s rain-drenched festivities began with an nostalgic swing dance by the Skin Dance Company, featuring a vibrant tribute to Josephine Baker. After a few remarks and a ritual ribbon cutting ceremony by New York’s nightlife crusaders including Norman Siegel, Jerry Goldman, and one of the lead advocates for the repeal of the Cabaret Law, and nightlife mayor Ariel Patiz, the first wave of dancers rhumba’d down the street, with colorful and elaborate floats following close behind.

Document clambered up and onto one these floats and set off down Broadway at an even pace. Twerking and vibrating with makeshift sequin tails, the other passengers on the float, dressed as bawdy mermaids and pirates, cast their siren calls to the dancing crowds around them, all while sipping cranberry moonshine, their drink of choice. After making its way down to Tompkins Square Park, the float docked in the basketball court where a makeshift stage and DJ area had been erected. As performers from the parade trickled in, drenched but jubilant, the park was transformed into a verdant paradise, a multicultural rainbow that only New York can deliver. While great steps have been made for New York City’s nightlife with the Cabaret Law repeal, the work for this group of activists is not quite over, with the next challenge being to change the zoning restrictions and strident New York liquor licensing laws. At the end of the day though, there was no thought on work left to do, just the indomitable New York spirit in full force.

 

 

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It is a common mistake to gauge the vitality of the American professional theater solely or even primarily by Broadway. No one would judge American writing only by the best seller list, American movies solely by the week’s top grossing film, or music merely by the groups that can fill a football stadium. Similarly theater is not described by its commercial operations alone.

We are convinced that the heart of American theater is the not-for-profit theater. Commercial theater gets the greatest attention in the popular press because of the size of its budgets, the concentration of activity on Broadway and environs, and the availability of the national media headquartered in Manhattan. By contrast the impact of any one not-for-profit theater is usually felt within a single community. Since theater is distinguished by being a live event, no other media can duplicate the aesthetic experience of theater. Thus, for many people, the not-for-profit theater is their main access to the theater experience.

Though it was once primarily a place where musicals and boulevard comedies went after they left Broadway, the not-for-profit theater is increasingly an important cultural engine developing new plays and musicals. It is the rare successful

Broadway show that originates on Broadway. We looked at the origins of Broad- way openings in the 2006–7 and 2007–8 seasons as examples. Of thirty-three openings in 2007, sixteen originated in the not-for-profit theater, and seven were imported from abroad. New Broadway productions in 2008 totaled thirty-two, of which nineteen were from not-for-profit theaters and five were from abroad.

In 2006–7, of fourteen shows that Variety, the primary trade journal of the entertainment industry, labeled flops, six originated on Broadway. Of eight shows labeled as hits, two originated on Broadway. Not-for-profit sources of hit shows included the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego; Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; and Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles.

The Tony Awards for 2004 were a minisweep for the not-for-profit theater: best musical, best play, best revival of a musical, and best revival of a play all went to not-for-profit theaters or shows that originated in not-for-profit theaters. Between 1999–2000 and 2007–8, 61 percent of the “Best . . .” Tony Awards went to not-for-profit productions or not-for-profit originated productions, and 17 per- cent went to productions originating abroad. Fewer than one-quarter of these superlative kudos—22 percent—went to shows originating on Broadway.

 

 

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In Josephine's Cotton- The Revue, The First Black American Superstar dives deeper into her childhood, adult life experiences and reflections through imagining a world that might exist during the Harlem Renaissance movement. Imagine All of the Icons Meeting the Great Josephine, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Eartha Kitt, Carmen Miranda & More! This fictional portrayal through stories of pioneers are timeless and sure to capture audiences globally. Josephine's experiences with a cast of exuberant influential icons will prove to be as timely as they are potent.

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Josephine's Cotton THE REVUE- Produced by Tina Thompson

OFF-BROADWAY Production ROY ARIAS THEATRE'S

Photography by Andrew Mark Williams

Set Design by Lance Pope

Costume Design by Tina Thompson/ Jessica Morales

Assistant Choreographers: Josef Woodson/ Natasha DeVaughn

Public Relations: Charlotte Allen

Wardrobe Assistant: Luke Destin

 

Tina Thompson-Pope

Jessica Morales

Josef Woodson

Natasha DeVaughn

Joi Favor 

Kiara Brown

Ronald Belger

Charles Carter

Lance Pope

Thomas Matthew Shands

Nia Simone

Jade Roberts

Katie Oliver-Reyes

Luke Destin

A New Musical Produced, Conceptualized and Choreographed by

Tina Thompson-Pope

Special Guest Performers/ Choreographer's

Set to Music from Various New Pioneer Artists

UPCOMING 2022

In Greek mythology, Terpsichore is one of the nine Muses and goddess of dance and chorus. She lends her name to the word "terpsichorean" which means "of or relating to dance". She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying the dancers' choirs with her music. Her name comes from the Greek words τέρπω ("delight") and χoρός ("dance"). She was also said to be the mother of the Sirens and Parthenope by Achelous. In some accounts, she bore the Thracian king Biston by Ares. 

 

 

 

 

 

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