February 19, 2016

After a hit run last year, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” that glittery disco ball of a show, has returned to theBrava Theater Center.

 

Sylvester found a musical groove with backup singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, who are played by Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey. Their contribution to songs like “Can’t Stop Dancing” lift an ordinary disco tune to heights of glory, and they provide backbone as well as backup for the standout medley of “Could It Be Magic” and “A Song for You.”

 

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.

July 16, 2013

Anastacia McCleskey as Izora Rhodes and Jacqueline Arnold as Martha Wash are remarkable and amazing as these two extraordinary back-up gals who, with the soul voices of angels, take us to heaven for a brief visit. Antoine L. Smith and Rashidra Scott share the stage with some fantastic back-up vocals.

October 1, 2012

The 6 PM concert, presented by awayne Productions, Inc., features Wayne as Sylvester with Priscilla Queen of the Desert actresses Anastacia McCleskey and Jacqueline B. Arnold as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls.

 

Background vocals are provided by Antoine L. Smith (Memphis) and Zonya Love (The Color Purple). 

The show also features a live band led by drummer Jason Patterson. Fabulous, One More Time previously played to a sold-out audience July 29 at (le) Poisson Rouge. 

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