A PORTRAIT OF RAYWHEN: February 25, 26, March 4, 5
WHERE: Vanguard Theater, 180 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
A hallmark of Ray Charles’ career was bringing together many different genres of music and issues to create a new sound. So, it is only fitting that Vanguard is highlighting the important work being done in Montclair by several organizations and businesses, with special performances of A Portrait of Ray.
The Saturday, February 26, performance will honor Covenant House NJ, The Junior League of Montclair and Newark, and “Sleepout Montclair,” happening the following weekend.
On March 4th, Vanguard celebrates the 40th anniversary of Toni’s Kitchen, with a special Ray performance. Charles, who was often steps away from homelessness and food insecurity, would have approved.
The closing performance on March 5th celebrates Montclair Brewery, whose motto is: Building a Stronger Community, One Beer at a Time. In February, the Brewery continued their annual tradition of releasing Black History Month inspired craft beer, and the Ray audience will have a chance to taste them.
A Portrait of Ray takes audiences on an exhilarating journey back to 1967 at the height of Ray Charles' career, and is set during a homecoming concert in Greenville, Florida.
Dwayne Clark and Janeece Freeman Clark wrote the show in 2015, as a tribute to Ray Charles, and it has been getting rave reviews ever since, after performances at The Cutting Room and Symphony Space in New York, and Newark Symphony Hall:
"Dwayne Clark single handedly brings the audience to its feet with one show stopping, hand clapping moment after another. 'Drown in My Own Tears' left us standing, clapping, sobbing and wanting more." —GlocallyNewark.com
Take a sneak peek here!
Dwayne Clark, who portrays Ray Charles, is a Broadway veteran (In the Heights, Rent, Spiderman—Turn Off the Dark, The Color Purple, Tarzan, Smokey Joe’s Café, Urinetown and more) and is about to enter previews for the highly anticipated Paradise Square, which begins previews on March 15 at the Barrymore Theater.
Founded in 2015, Vanguard Theater Company is a unique 501(c)(3) committed to changing the narrative through theater dedicated to DREAM: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Activism & Mentorship. Contact us at email@example.com, and www.vanguardtheatercompany.org , or look for us on social media @vtcnj and #dreamVTC.