Broadway in the H.O.O.D elevates to new heights in its fourth consecutive year at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, with their 2018-2019 “Ascension” season. We are excited to kick off our eclectic Concert Series in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz Theatre with, The Leading Ladies of Jazz, starring Tianna Renee Lewis who starred as Ceile the 2013 Color Purple tour and featuring the Las Vegas Queen of Jazz, and star of Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill at The Smith Center Mrs. Genevieve Dew!
The 2016 Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominated play Eclipsed, playing in Troesh Studio Theater, will immerse the audience as it depicts the story of five Liberian women’s tale of survival during the second Liberian Civil War.
Join “The Voice” Season 14’s powerhouse contestant, Amber Sauer, as she parallels the melodic sounds of Whitney, Celine & Shania, in 3 Divas 16 Grammys 1 Voice in this beautiful tribute to 3 of the greatest women in music history.
Let us take you to “Funky Town” and groove the night away as we party with the Bad Girls - The Divas of Disco, starring the Vivacious Deidre Thompson, Sophia from the 2013 tour of The Color Purple.
From Starsky and Hutch to Everybody Hates Chris, TV, Film and Stage legend Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas, will make his Broadway In The H.O.O.D stage debut along with a suburb cast of 13 talented actors in the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play A Soldier’s Play, by Charles Fuller. Also playing in Troesh Studio Theater, this poignant production brings to light the cultural and struggles of African American military men in the 1940’s.
Broadway In The H.O.O.D is excited to close out the season with a hand clappin' , foot stompin' Hallelujah good time! February will bring you the first ever Gospel concert to Myron's Cabaret Jazz Theatre as Baby Mahalia, Charity “Tina” Leeper and BITH’s gospel choir ushers in the spirit and raise the roof with music from one of the most influential gospel singer in the world, the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson, in Mahalia! A Celebration of Gospel!
November 2-4, 2018
“Eclipsed” offers a chilling, humanizing and surprisingly funny portrait of transformation and renewal. With wit, compassion and defiance, this gripping play unearths the wreckage of war and celebrates the women who navigate and survive the most hostile of circumstances. Most important, “Eclipsed” is a major achievement - a scorching work about women and war whose humor burnishes rather than undermines its seriousness of purpose. The production features ferociously committed ensemble performances, staged with power and finesse.
Whitney, Celine & Shania - 3 Divas, 16 Grammys, 1 Voice
November 23-24, 2018
Experience some of the greatest hits of all time with “The Voice” Season 14’s powerhouse contestant, Amber Sauer, as she parallels the melodic sounds of “Whitney, Celine & Shania - 3 Divas, 16 Grammys, 1 Voice.” These chart-topping, show-stopping ladies are known for breaking records and transcending the limits of genres. This show will have you feeling the power of love as you dance with somebody and feel like a woman.
Bad Girls - The Divas of Disco!
December 28-29, 2018
Take a trip to “Funky Town” for the evening. This pre-New Year’s Eve party will have you dancing from the time you walk in to the time you leave. Upbeat, funky and fun, the show features some of our favorite disco hits such as “Bad Girls,” “Knock On Wood” and “Love Hangover.” The production stars Deidre Thompson from “The Color Purple” tour (2013) and features KC and The Sunshine Band's Anika Ellis-Mungin. Shake your groove thing to these classic disco hits!
A Soldier’s Play
January 11-13, 2019
Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and set in 1943 on a segregated army base in Louisiana, “A Soldier’s Play” is essentially a gripping mystery story. Waters, a black sergeant, has been murdered and, to the surprise of everyone on the base, a black captain is sent to investigate. He is greeted with a range of reactions - mistrust by his counterpart, a white captain, disdain by other white officers, and enthusiasm by the black soldiers, who are hoping that the local KKK will be blamed for the crime. Join us as we approach Martin Luther King Day by experiencing the incomparable actor extraordinaire Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas in unveiling this gem.
Mahalia! A Celebration of Gospel
February 8-10, 2019
Don’t miss uplifting, soulful, spiritual moments set to the sounds of the one-and-only Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson. Join us for a night celebrating resilience and truth that is sure to renew hope and restore faith with a collection of classic tunes. “Mahalia! A Celebration of Gospel” features legendary songs like “Trouble of the World,” “Move On Up A Little Higher,” “How I Got Over,” “Precious Lord” and “Take My Hand.” Enjoy this tribute to the gospel great Mahalia Jackson, starring Charity "Tina" Leeper.
The Leading Ladies of Jazz
June 14-15, 2019
Their talent remains unmatched and their influence incomparable. Join us as we honor jazz legends Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, who changed the world of music forever! If you enjoyed “Lady Day at The Emerson Bar & Grill,” starring Genevieve Dew, you are sure to love this! “The Leading Ladies of Jazz” will be a night of sultry, sweet, soulful music. The show stars Tianna Renee Lewis, who starred as Celie in “The Color Purple” tour, (2013) and features Genevieve Dew.