*LOS ANGELES, CA – This spring, Wendy R. Robinson and Amazing Grace Conservatory/AGC will be presenting, “Goodbye Birdie,” featuring music by Prince, on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016. The story centered around the phenomenon of popular singer, a la Elvis Presley being drafted into the United States Army in 1957. Don’t miss the finger-popping, knee-slapping excitement of this original spin of a classic hit for the entire family! “Goodbye Birdie,” at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016, on Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
AGC’s colorful, high-energy musical will be set in the early 1990s centered around a popular rock star, Conrad Birdie, who receives an Army draft notice that upsets his fans across the nation. Albert Peterson, music executive/songwriter schemes with his secretary and long- suffering girlfriend, Rosie Alvarez, to have Birdie sing a song Albert will write, but Birdie’s recruitment puts a halt to the plan. Rosie, however, convinces Arsenio Hall to have Birdie sing a song Albert will write called, “Kiss,” and then kiss a randomly chosen high school girl, Kim McAfee goodbye before going off to the Army.
Ms. Robinson states that, “in choosing to present this year’s musical and feature the music of Prince, we had no idea of how spiritually and relevant it would be after his sudden and devastating passing. The students have been rehearsing and learning the iconic music from seven-time Grammy Award winner, Prince for months. His life, love for children, education and music has sparked a movement with our students that has taken our production of “Goodbye Birdie” to another level. Needless to say we are saddened by his tragic passing, but we are humbled and honored by this divine coincidence. We look forward to paying homage to a musical genius that has left an indelible impact on the world and this new generation of youth that have fallen in love with his music and message.
Come expecting an evening of toe-tapping music, amazing dancing, and witty humor. It is the classic show revamped with musical hits from Prince and Anita Baker including fresh and original vocal arrangements from the film including, “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Put On a Happy Face,” “An English Teacher,” “One Boy” just to name a few.
Under the direction of Kim Bailey, and executive produced by Co-Founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“Weekend With The Family”, “Here We Go Again”, “BETs The Game,”). AGC has successfully produced such stellar productions as, “Grease,” “Sister’s Act, Too,” “Dream Girls,” “West Side Story,” “Seussical,” “Oliver With A Twist,” “Annie,” “Sarafina,” “Footloose” and “Alice’s Wonderland” just to name a few.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. You may purchase your tickets at AGC in person, you may call 323-732-4283, or you can email us www.AmazingGraceConservatory.org. All proceeds will go to support the expansion of Amazing Grace Conservatory and provide scholarships to underserved youth.
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ABOUT AMAZING GRACE CONSERVATORY
In 1995, Wendy responded to her inner voice to help at-risk teens seek out their goals in the performing arts and education. As co-founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), a theatrical training institute in Los Angeles, Robinson and her staff are dedicated to “building self-esteem through self-expression.” AGC offers an intensive well-rounded training program with an array of courses in acting, voice, dance, audition techniques, and technical theater for “Tiny Tots” ages of 5-7, youth and young adults between the ages of 8 and 21. Throughout her professional career as an actor, she has found success in the television, film, and theatre.
ABOUT WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON
Wendy Raquel Robinson is known for her groundbreaking role as the sexy and feisty sports manager and mother to an NFL player, ‘Tasha Mack’ from BET’s #1 rated scripted series, “The Game.” Robinson recently completed a successful season of TV One’s new, fresh, generational comedy, “Here We Go Again” where she portrayed a beautiful, hip Grandma (better known as “Glam-Ma”) named ‘Loretta.’ In addition to the television show, Robinson, a force to be reckoned took on the role of actor and film producer of the recently released, family comedy, “A Weekend With The Family,” Robinson’s artistic background in acting, dancing, directing, writing, producing and choreographing displays her passion as she strives for excellence in her career as an artist/scholar. She is a cum laude graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Drama, and has since been a successful working actress in Hollywood. When not working on set, Robinson focuses her attention on education, youth and the performing arts at her conservatory, Amazing Grace Conservatory.
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