Character: The Lloyd Value Musical, the critically acclaimed new musical celebrating the life, profession, and unforgettable songs of Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame legend Lloyd Value, together with “Stagger Lee,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” and his trademark track, “Character,” will full its restricted engagement on Sunday, July 30. Future productions are deliberate in different cities, with particulars to be introduced quickly.
Chicago critics love Character. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, wrote, “For anybody who cares concerning the provision of reside and fashionable nights out on Michigan Avenue, Character: The Lloyd Value Musical is a really constructive growth. Theatergoers get glorious singing, strikingly modern choreography, craftful path and an intriguing and entertaining story of one of many American music enterprise’s greatest abilities and least sung heroes.” Jack Helbig, Chicago Solar-Instances, gave Character 4 stars out of 4, saying the present’s “top-notch forged, superb songs and loads of persona mix for a first-rate musical.”
Ebook author B. Jeffrey Madoff, who wrote Character after changing into associates with Value and having intensive conversations with him, commented, “The unanimous important acclaim and wildly enthusiastic viewers response has been gratifying to witness. We’re grateful to be part of Chicago’s nice legacy of embracing new, impartial musical theater productions and for serving to to launch this present for its lengthy, vibrant future forward. It has additionally been an honor to assist Chicago theatregoers uncover absolutely the jewel field that’s the Studebaker Theatre. There are solely three weeks left for audiences to expertise this splendidly entertaining musical a couple of legendary artist, and unsung hero. We urge individuals to see Character whereas they’ll.”
Character started performances on June 2, 2023 and opened June 14. on the superbly renovated Studebaker Theater within the historic Wonderful Arts Constructing (410 South Michigan Avenue)
Tickets for Character: The Lloyd Value Musical can be found at PersonalityMusical.com. Handy parking is out there for $13 with validation from the field workplace within the Grant Park South Storage, simply steps away from the theater.
The forged options Saint Aubyn (Broadway: Lovely: The Carole King Musical, authentic forged of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Instances of The Temptations) as Lloyd Value, Darian Peer (Choir Boy at Yale Rep, A part of the Plan at Tennessee Performing Arts Middle) as Younger Lloyd Value, Alexandria Reese (Intimate Attire at Weathervane Theatre and Raisin at Axelrod Performing Arts Middle) as Emma Value, and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Broadway: Jelly’s Final Jam, The Lion King, Kiss Me, Kate) as Harold Logan. The forged additionally consists of Miles Boone as Little Richard/Olisaemeka, Brian Gray as Artwork Rupe, Donnie Hammond as Rosetta Tharpe/Ma Nora, Donterrio as Dave, Alanna Pretty as Ma Naan, DeMone Seraphin as Mr. Value/Don Robey, Karl Hamilton as Levy, and Uria Bennett, Christian Denzel Bufford, Sabrina Edwards, Marcus Hardy, Josh Houghton, Nissi Shalome, Christopher Henry Younger and Whitney Wandland.
Ebook is by B. Jeffrey Madoff, based mostly on intensive conversations with Value. Character is directed by Sheldon Epps (the Tony and Olivier-nominated Blues within the Evening), choreographed by Edgar Godineaux (Affiliate Choreographer for Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Instances of the Temptations, Memphis), and musically directed by Shelton Becton (Broadway and HBO’s Girl Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill with Audra McDonald).
The World Premiere of Character: The Lloyd Value Musical performed in 2022 at Folks’s Gentle in Malvern, PA.
From humble beginnings in his hometown of Kenner, Louisiana, Lloyd Value overcame unimaginable obstacles on his solution to a revolutionary musical profession. As a younger Black rec0rding artist within the segregated Deep South of the pre-Civil Rights Period, Value’s success was much more outstanding. Armed with dedication and a soulful sound, Value skyrocketed to stardom in 1952 when his single “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” hit No. 1 on the R&B charts, making him the primary teenager to promote over one million information and to earn a Gold File. Value grew to become a crossover hit, common with each Black and white children, shattering the “race information” barrier. Nevertheless, the trail to the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame was a winding one: instantly after the success of his first file, he was drafted to battle within the Korean Battle in 1953. However Value, a grasp of reinvention, would discover his footing repeatedly. He grew to become the primary Black man to open a nightclub beneath Harlem in New York Metropolis, and the primary recording artist of any shade to create his personal file label, producing extra hits like “Stagger Lee” and “Character,” and spreading the New Orleans R&B sound all through the world.
Scenic design is by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Viveca Gardiner (Miss Maude, Massive Apple Circus), costume design is by Raquel Adorno (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre), lighting design is by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher), sound design is by Tony Award winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!) and Jordan Tani, projections are by David Gallo and Steve Channon (Memphis, The Mountaintop), and hair, wig and make-up design is by J. Jared Janas (Good Evening, Oscar, &Juliet). Manufacturing Stage Supervisor is Shawn Pryby.
Character is produced by The Laborious Kill LLC, Tim Ferriss, Antonio J. Travers, Jon Shulkin, Juan Sabater, Fore Winds Administration, LLC, Keith J. Mirman, Douglas Fielding, David Allred, Babs Smith & Dan Sullivan, Rebecca Adamson & John Guffey and Susan Landon. Adam Hess serves as Govt Producer.
- Jeffrey Madoff (Ebook) started his profession in vogue, changing into one of many high 10 designers within the US earlier than switching careers to movie and video manufacturing. He has directed award-winning documentaries and internet content material for purchasers all over the world, together with Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, and Radio Metropolis Music Corridor. Madoff is an Adjunct Professor at Parsons Faculty of Design, and his bestselling e book, Artistic Careers: Making a Dwelling with Your Concepts, is predicated on the category he teaches. He has been a featured speaker at Wharton Faculty, Princeton College, NYU Steinhardt, NC State and Google Subsequent on the matters of making a model and creativity. Within the fall of 2022 Madoff curated and moderated a collection of panels on Recasting the Artist as Entrepreneur sponsored by the Tsai Middle for Modern Pondering at Yale College. He’s on the Board of Advisors for Artolution, a world group that’s centered on creating native leaders within the arts to make use of collaborative artmaking as a device for communities to share their tales with the world. Madoff graduated with honors from the College of Wisconsin with levels in philosophy and psychology.
Lloyd Value (1933-2021) (Music & Lyrics). Lloyd Value’s first track, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” was launched in 1952. It hit #1 and was “R&B File of the 12 months” in each Billboard and Cashbox magazines. Value was awarded Cashbox’s “Finest New R&B Singer of 1952.” “Lawdy” was the primary track by an adolescent to promote over one million copies, flattening the race music wall and opening the doorways to each Black and younger musicians. His profession got here to a halt when he was drafted and despatched to Korea. Earlier than he left, he acquired Little Richard his first recording contract. When Value returned house, he launched two of his greatest hits back-to-back, “Character” and “Stagger Lee.” As an entrepreneur, Value was the primary musician of any shade to begin his personal label in addition to the primary Black individual to open a nightclub beneath Harlem in New York Metropolis. In 1995, “Lawdy” was added to the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame’s record of the “500 Songs That Formed Rock and Roll.” Value was inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame in 1998.
Sheldon Epps (Director) was Creative Director of the famend Pasadena Playhouse for twenty years. At present he continues to serve The Playhouse as Creative Director Emeritus. He has additionally served as Creative Advisor for Theatre Beneath the Stars in Houston. Previous to that he was Affiliate Creative Director of the Outdated Globe Theatre. Mr. Epps has directed quite a few performs and musicals at lots of the nation’s main theatres together with Roundabout Theatre Firm, Manhattan Theatre Membership, the Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Area Stage, Ford’s Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. He conceived and directed the extremely acclaimed musicals Play On! and Blues within the Evening, which each acquired Tony Award nominations on Broadway. Blues was additionally nominated as Finest Musical for the distinguished Olivier Award in London. He additionally co-directed the Tony-nominated manufacturing of Child, It’s You! Mr. Epps additionally has had a busy profession as a tv director helming episodes of exhibits equivalent to “Frasier,” “Associates,” “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Girlfriends,” the brand new Netflix collection “The Upshaws,” and lots of others. He’s a longtime board member of the Society of Administrators and Choreographers, and at present serves on the SDC Basis Board of Trustees. He’s the recipient of the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater Carnegie Mellon College. Lately he was appointed Senior Creative Advisor at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.
Shelton Becton (Music Supervisor) is a pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, conductor, and vocal coach. He has served because the musical director for a lot of heralded singers equivalent to Judy Collins, Patti Austin, Phylicia Rashad and Roberta Flack. His Broadway credit embrace Girl Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald, Shuffle Alongside… directed by George C. Wolfe, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Coloration Purple, Memphis, and Child It’s You! He lately acquired the ‘VIV’ (Audelco) Award for Excellent Music Director for the CSC manufacturing of Carmen Jones.
Edgar Godineaux (Choreographer). Awards embrace Barrymore Award for Excellent Choreography/Motion (Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole) and NAACP nomination for Finest Director/Choreography for Bigger Theatre in LA (Memphis the Musical). Present tasks embrace choreography for The Tougher They Come on the Public Theater, co-directed by Tony Taccone and Sergio Trujillo. Godineaux has a collaborative relationship with Trujillo and was Affiliate Choreographer for Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Instances of The Temptations (Tony Award, Finest Choreography), Memphis the Musical (Tony Award, Finest Musical; Olivier Award, Finest Choreography), Leap of Religion, and Flashdance the Musical. As a dance performer, Godineaux toured with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Karyn White and Diana Ross. He has carried out on “Dancing with The Stars,” “Sunday Evening on the Palladium,” the Oscars, AMAs, Grammy Awards, MTV Awards, Emmys, and Motown thirtieth Anniversary (affiliate choreographer). Broadway efficiency credit embrace Aida, Swing!, The Pajama Recreation, Dance of the Vampires, and Merrily We Roll Alongside (Kennedy Middle). TV and movie credit as a performer embrace “Regulation & Order” (CI & SVU), “Glee,” “How I Met Your Mom,” and as a choreographer embrace “Dancing with the Stars,” “SYTYCD Canada,” “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” Chicago, Jersey Boys (affiliate choreographer), and The 5 Heartbeats (affiliate choreographer). He was affiliate choreographer to Hinton Battle for Idlewild, Boldin, and The Nice Observer.
Character: The Lloyd Value Musical
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