Get ready to relive the glory of the Harlem Renaissance. The Encores! production of Cotton Club Parade is back by popular demand beginning November 14. Starring Glee’s Amber Riley, Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Jared Grimes and Tony winner Adriane Lenox, Cotton Club Parade runs at New York City Center for seven performances only, through November 18.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, Cotton Club Parade is a Broadway-style revue celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and ‘30s. The show features singers, dancers and variety acts performing songs by composers including Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Digga Digga Doo”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,”) and Ellington himself (“Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Cotton Club Stomp,” “Creole Love Call”).
The cast of Cotton Club Parade will also include Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley, Andrew “Dr.Ew” Carter, Kyra Da Costa, Carmen Ruby Floyd, La Tanya Hall, Jeremiah “Supaman” Haynes, Christopher Jackson, Monroe Kent III, Karine Plantadit, T. Oliver Reid and Britton Smith, Tanya Birl, Christopher Broughton, Wilkie Ferguson, Chanon Judson, Marielys Molina, Erin Moore, Jason Samuels Smith, Monique Smith, Daniel J. Watts and J.L. Williams.
Check out a preview of Riley and the cast in the rehearsal below!