Meet the DOROTHY DANDRIDGE SONGS company! THE MUSIC

‘The Songs of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical’, excerpts from the upcoming Dorothy Dandridge production! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Trey Ellis and music and lyrics by Shelton L. Becton, directed by Tamara Tunie at Zankel Hall is coming to Carnegie Hall this month.

Check out the company in the photos below!

There will be two (2) performances – Sunday July 17 and Monday July 18, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.dorothydandridgemusical.com.

Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical is a joyful and spectacular celebration of song and dance by a fearless pioneer who dared to dream, but tragically failed in her own aspirations. After getting her “big break” in Hollywood, the beautiful, ambitious and talented African American from Ohio inherits the challenges of being a prominent black woman in an industry dominated by white men. Additionally, Dandridge struggles to deal with his own demons, fame and wealth, and the promises of a powerful selection of men who pledge to stand by his side.

The Musical combines classics from the Great American Songbook with an original, contemporary score that crosses genres. The book and lyrics are by two-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and American Book Award-winning novelist, playwright and essayist Trey Ellis (The Tuskegee Airmen, Good Fences) with music and lyrics by bandleader and Tony Award-winning arranger, and musician Shelton L. Becton (The Wiz; Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Color Purple; Memphis). Tony Award and Obie Award-winning Broadway actress and producer Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: SVU, Dreamgirls, Julius Caesar) is directing.

Leading the cast in the title role is N’Kenge, who recently co-starred in the Tony Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change, with Tony-nominated John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof, Something Rotten! The Band’s Visit and Caroline, Or Change) as Earl Mills, Aisha De Haas (Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, RENT and Caroline, Or Change) as Ruby Dandridge and Phillip Attmore ( Shuffle Along, Hello, Dolly!) as Harold Nichols.

The cast also includes Jeremy Webb as Otto Preminger, Mac Award winner Dawn Derow as Marilyn Monroe, Dominic Nolfi as Jack Dennison, Trisha Jeffrey as Vivian Dandridge, Natalie Renee as Etta Jones, Dewitt Fleming Jr. as ?Phil Moore and Grace Field like Marilyn Monroe’s stand.

Pictured L-R (back row): Tamara Tunie, John Millerd, Dominic Nolfi, Natalie Renee, Jeremy Webb, N’Kenge, Dawn Derow, Philip Attmore, Trisha Jeffrey, Shelton Becton, Simone Black; (front row): Diana

Photos: Meet the DOROTHY DANDRIDGE SONGS company!  THE MUSIC
Pictured L-R (back row): Grace Field, Natalie Renee, Jeremy Webb, N’Kenge, Dawn Derow, Philip Attmore, Trisha Jeffrey; (front row): Dominic Nolfi, John Cariani.

Photos: Meet the DOROTHY DANDRIDGE SONGS company!  THE MUSIC
Pictured L-R (back row): Grace Field, Natalie Renee, Jeremy Webb, Tamara Tunie, N’Kenge, Dawn Derow, Philip Attmore, Trisha Jeffrey; (front row): Dominic Nolfi, John Cariani.