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19 Oct

The Eve of Jackie: Review by The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) kicks off its 15th anniversary with the electrifying show, “The Eve of Jackie.” Award-winning Broadway singer Chester Gregory stars in this raw and jaw-dropping look at Jackie Wilson during his last complete performance in September 1975, one night before he collapses on stage. This show is a flashback to that concert, during which the great artist felt compelled to share details of his troubled life. Gregory masterfully performs many of the singer’s signature hits and expertly executes his awe-inspiring trademark dance moves. This show is high energy from start to finish! WBTT performers will appear as back-up singers during the performance.The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) kicks off its 15th anniversary with the electrifying show, “The Eve of Jackie.” Award-winning Broadway singer Chester Gregory stars in this raw and jaw-dropping look at Jackie Wilson during his last complete performance in September 1975, one night before he collapses on stage. This show is a flashback to that concert, during which the great artist felt compelled to share details of his troubled life. Gregory masterfully performs many of the singer’s signature hits and expertly executes his awe-inspiring trademark dance moves. This show is high energy from start to finish! WBTT performers will appear as back-up singers during the performance. If you’d like to help celebrate 15 incredible years of WBTT and support its mentoring programs for African-American youth and young adults, sponsorship packages are available. Call (941) 366-1505 for more information.
http://www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/event.cfm?eveID=1476#.VEMX3rDF83k