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Thanks to the amazingly talented Susanne Pinedo(PinedoPR), here is an amazing play coming soon to you NEW YORKERS! The play is called Alive! 55+ and Kickin’, which is produced by Vy Higginsen and the Mama Foundation for the Arts, which is a non-profit program dedicated to promoting the history and fundamentals of gospel, jazz, and rhythm ans blues for current and future generations. They also provide quality training and employment in the performing arts to both youths and adults. The play, taking place in Harlem, New York, is a soundtrack of a culture featuring gospel, blues, jazz and pop music. The production depicts the healing power of stories and music, and the triumph of recovering from a difficult life challenge. Sounds good, right? Well, you can read more on Alive! with the press release below, as well as the official show dates and more.


The Mama Foundation for the Arts

Venue: The Dempsey Theater, 127 W 127th Street, Harlem, NY 10027

Ticket link: 

A Musical Celebration of a Generation
Featuring a Company of Performers Age 55 and Over

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces their musical production, ALIVE!, a musical celebration of a generation featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). ALIVE! Is playing in repertoire with the Harlem Musical Theatre Series. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, and directed by Mr. Wydro.  “Real people, telling real stories!”  The cast of ALIVE! is comprised of everyday, “ordinary” citizens from all walks of life; people with amazing talent, who never realized their desire to perform live.  Each cast member now taking center stage, proves that it’s never too late to live a dream.  ALIVE! features a unique blend  of  gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music – songs that served as a soundtrack for this generation.  Through the music, and through authentic stories and testimonies, the ALIVE! cast tell how it used  to be, and how life could be going  forward . . . at  any age.  They are ALIVE!  . . . and kickin.’

The cast of ALIVE! features Num H.S. Amun’Tehu, Deborah Bingham, Donna Love Brown, Matthew Brown, Matthew Burke, Robin Campos, Robin Crudup, Gladys DeJesus Mitchell, Darlene Eklou, Phyllis Harris, Theo Harris, Gloria Jones, Susie Jones, Sharon Patrick, Roberta Ross, Ricardo Vega, Renee Walker, Pamela White, and Hugh Wright.  ALIVE! has music direction by Greg Kelly and musical staging/choreography by Elijah Ahmad Lewis.


Proceeds from the production benefit The Mama Foundation for the Arts, a cultural space in Harlem with a mission to present, preserve, and promote the history and fundamentals of gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues music for current and future generations, as well as to provide quality training and employment in the performing arts to both youths and adults.  A non-profit 501(C)3, the Mama Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1998 by Vy Higginsen, inspired by the worldwide success of her musical, Mama, I Want To Sing.  Through the Foundation’s School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B and its Gospel for Teens program, instruction in these musical art forms has been offered to young people between the ages of 13 and 19 at no cost since 2006.  The Gospel for Teens program has serviced hundreds of students in the past seven years, providing desperately needed support to musically gifted children and replacing arts programs taken out of many inner city schools.

Tickets for Alive! are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045 or through (212-868-4444). Special rates for groups and parties are also available. For more information, please


Directions to The Dempsey Theater via Public Transit:  – Subway: Number 2 or 3 express trains to 125th St and Lenox Ave; walk two blocks north, turn left on 127th St. – Bus: M2, M3, M7 Buses to 127th St.

Show Dates: 

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
March 8, 15, 22 and 29
April 5, 12, 19 and 26
May 3, 10 and 31
June 7 and 14
Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
March 15
April 19
May 3
June 14

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Below you can find some photos of the show, as well as two promo videos.

VISIT the Mama Foundation’s official site & VISIT Vy Higginsen’s official site as well. Also VISIT here for a link to the tickets.

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