Monday, November 6, 2023

"Sound of (Black) Music" show tours to Princeton and Newark 11/16-17



  • NOV 16 @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, NJ
  • NOV 17 @ McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ

Recognized as among the “Best of Theater, 2021” by The New York Times, The Sound of (Black) Music is a vibrant one-act concert reimagining of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical through a utopian, afrofuturistic lens full of love. Cherished songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain'' are recast through a Black roots music kaleidoscope of jazz, gospel, blues, soul, funk and Afro-beat.

The Sound of (Black) Music is co-directed by Shariffa Ali and Kamilah Long, with arrangements by Mathis Picard and music direction by Vuyo Sotashe. The concert channels the singular musical gifts of some of today’s most talented Black musicians into an overflowing celebration of Black Roots music. Vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, Alexis Lombre and Zhanna Reed are supported by an electrifying band to bring to life the most joyous and loving presentation.

The Shakes – band

Vuyo Sotashe – vocals

Brianna Thomas – vocals

Charenee Wade - vocals

Alexis Lombre – vocals

Zhanna Roeed – vocals

“Best Theater of 2021…one of the most titanically musical nights of my year, bringing gospel, soul and Afrobeat to Rogers and Hammerstein in ‘The Sound of [Black] Music.’ - The New York Times