September 21, 2014

The show also allows Ms. McCleskey to sing a rocking version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Ms. Arnold to play the saucy seductress on LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” Both are great fun, as is the antic “Proud Mary” performed by DeAnne Stewart, another backup singer. (Rahmel McDade, who gets no big solo, alas, rounds out the singing staff.)

September 15, 2014

Singer-actor-director-writer Anthony Wayne (Pippin) aims to take you higher in a biographical tribute to the 1970s disco icon Sylvester, who became a pop star despite and through his unusually open gayness. Kendrell Bowman codirects, and Jacqueline B. Arnold and choreographer Anastacia McCleskey provide backup as the Weather Girls.

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