New York, 9/27/2014: Late musician Sylvester was known for his flamboyant personality and his strong relationships in the music industry. His life story has been immortalized in an Off-Broadway musical, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” which opened on September 5 and will run through October 5. The musical is now showing at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W 46th Street with tickets ranging in prices from $25 to $84.50.
The production is the brainchild of Anthony Ken LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph’s The Diva Foundation. The musical is a celebration of the life of the original 1970s “Queen of Disco” Sylvester, featuring classic songs such as “(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real,” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk,” and “You Are My Friend.” The musical stars Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Sylvester and is based on a book by Anthony Wayne. The musical is directed by Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman with choreography by Anastacia McCleskey, and musical direction by Alonzo Harris. The limited-engagement is scheduled through Sunday, October 5.
The musical chronicles Sylvester’s life, through his point of view. Beyond all the trials and tribulations of his life – and the glitz and glamour of his lifestyle — Sylvester was not only a symbol for being Fabulous, but also a pioneer in the LGBTQ community for showing, unapologetically, you have to be true to who you are. “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” allows Sylvester’s classic songs to enter your ears, soar through your heart, and inspire your soul.
Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, he became known in the United States as the “Queen of Disco.” Born in Watts, LA, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choirs of his Pentecostal church, which he left after being persecuted for his homosexual lifestyle. An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988. In 2004, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and one year later in 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.
The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM, and Sundays at 7PM. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.FabulousSylvester.com.-OnPointPress.net.