Thursday, September 28, 2017

In the Blood, Starring Saycon Sengbloh, Opens Off-Broadway

Saycon Sengbloh (Jean Marcus)

1966 Donna Reed Foundation national scholarship winner

The Off-Broadway revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, officially opened September 17 at the Signature Theatre. The production is part of the Signature’s Red Letter Plays, two plays that offer contemporary riffs on The Scarlet Letter.

In the Blood introduces us to Hester La Negrita, played by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Saycon Sengbloh, a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her. Hester turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences. The play forms a haunting and powerful indictment of the way we live now.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jared Grimes Shares Music Video for New Single 'Hang Awhile'

Jared Grimes

2001 Donna Reed Foundation national scholarship recipient in dance.

Jared Grimes premieres his 4th single and music video, 'Hang Awhile', and it is sure to get your foot tapping! In the Broadway World known more for his virtuosic tap dancing skills, Jared Grimes has slowly but surely let audiences know why Sammy Davis Jr. and Fred Astaire are his idols. With his energetic pop jazz sound and catchy lyrics, Grimes has proven that he can entertain with more than just his tap shoes. His new song and music video, 'Hang Awhile', excitingly pays homage to past tap legends while providing a new flare reminiscent of artist such as Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown.

Jared is currently choreographing the musical Holler If You Hear Me with Kenny Leon. He is then choreographing 42nd street at Drury Lane Chicago with Michael Heitzman, and then after that, he will be choreographing The Scottsboro Boys with Joe Calarco at the Signature Theater in DC.