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Barbara Morrison stars as Dinah Washington in “I Wanna Be Loved”
in the August 27, 2015 opening performance of the 2nd Annual Leimert Park Theatre Festival
at Regency West in Leimert Park.
Grammy-nominated singer Barbara Morrison stars as Dinah Washington “I Wanna Be Loved” in the hit musical’s opening night Theater Festival Gala Performance, August 27th at 7:00 P.M. at the regency West in Leimert Park.
“I Wanna Be Loved” co-stars Jay Jackson as Brook Benton and features the John Stephens-led 18-piece Barbara Morrison Jazz Band. The musical tribute to Washington was nominated for three NAACP Theatre Awards for its 2013 performances.
Morrison, a three-time Grammy nominated artist, and Michael Cormier co-wrote “I Wanna Be Loved.” It tells the story of Washington’s life and loves during a legendary career that ended in her accidental death at age 39 in 1963.
“I wanted to tell a story about her entire life and named it ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ because it best explained her life,” Morrison said. “She had seven husbands (including Detroit Lions star Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane at the time of her death) and her mother never supported her secular career and never came to see her perform. Her mother wanted her to stay in gospel, where she began.
“It’s a killer show and we’ve had real good success with it in Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’re excited to open the 2015 Leimert Park Theatre Festival. It’s a wonderful theatre.”
Jackson, a Lou Rawls-style singer and actor with television and feature film supporting role credits, plays Benton, who had a pair of crossover rhythm-and-blues and pop hits with Washington in 1960. Washington had hits on both charts, most famously with the powerful “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes!” in 1959. She was known as the “Queen of the Blues” and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Los Angeles-based Morrison is also owner of the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, one of the five facilities that will house the 16 productions of the Theatre Festival.
The Festival will again present works from theater companies no longer operating in South Los Angeles. Plays presented are from the archives of the Inner City Cultural Center, Inglewood Playhouse, Watts Mafundi Institute and Writer’s Workshop, Ebony Showcase Theater, The Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles, and Marla Gibbs Crossroads Arts Academy. Participating theaters this year include The Bi-Lingual Foundation of the Arts, Fernando Pullum Performing Arts Center, Inglewood’s Theater Perception Consortium, Oasis Seniors, Hindsight Collab, Foxx Follies, Bronson Productions, 3 Chi Productions, the Vision Theater, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, and The Watts Village Theater Company. Invited companies include The Roby Theater, Ebony Repertory Theater, Ted Lange Productions, Pasadena Playhouse, The Latino Theater Company, and Carson Players.
In addition to indoors, outdoor programs on the People's Street Project and in Leimert Park Plaza will be a rendition of the once well-known Los Angeles African Marketplace & Cultural Faire making a comeback after a six (6) year hiatus, the New Orleans Festival whose theme is looking back on the ten (10) years since the destruction of Katrina, and the month end Leimert Park Artwalk.
Tickets for opening night performance of “I Wanna Be Loved” and Gala Reception is $35. $10 for all other days and performances.
To purchase tickets go to the Vision Theater Box Office at 3341 West 43rd
Place, in Leimert Park or call (323)
290-2386 (direct). The 200 Seat Regency West Supper Club is located at 3339 West 43rd
Street, Leimert Park, Ca 90008.
New Orleans 2015 Cultural Heritage Festival
Commemorating the 10-Year Anniversary After Hurricane Katrina
Leimert Park Plaza – Corner of Crenshaw Blvd & Vernon Ave
3340 West 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Contact: Sylvia Jones – President/CEO – UMCAF, Inc. - 323-293-5353 x1
Exactly ten years ago on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the City of New Orleans with devastating consequences. Over 1,800 residents were killed by the storm and thousands more were either missing or displaced from the Crescent City. Many of the displaced residents were forced to relocate to other cities around the nation, including Los Angeles.
This festival serves to celebrate the unique culture, heritage, music, and cuisine of New Orleans; featuring second-line dancers, live entertainment, arts and crafts, as well as a variety of Creole, Cajun, Southern, Vegetarian, and Soul Food dishes. This will be a ten-year commemoration and celebration of those who have survived one of the most catastrophic events in United States history. This event is free and open to the public.