*Award winning soul singer Ledisi is on a role in her career and launched a tour to support her fifth studio album, “Pieces of Me.”
Already sold out in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the singer started the concert in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday night and plans to make her way to 20 cities around the country.
The last show will be on Nov. 23 in Baltimore, MD.
“This is the most exciting time of my career. To be able to share my music with people who helped me become who I am today is the best feeling in the world,” she said. “I’m grateful to my fans and have been working so hard to make this tour unforgettable and putting my heart and soul into my performances. People will definitely see many different pieces of me.”
Check out all the tour stops below:
10/30/11 Birmingham, AL at Carver Theatre
11/01/11 Nashville, TN at Cannery Ballroom
11/02/11 New Orleans, LA at House of Blues
11/03/11 Houston, TX at House of Blues
11/04/11 Dallas, TX at Palladium
11/06/11 Tampa, FL at David A Straz, JR PAC
11/09/11 San Diego, CA at 4th & B
11/10/11 Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia
11/11/11 Fresno at Fulton 55
11/12/11 Oakland, CA at Fox Theatre (Win Tickets
11/15/11 Minneapolis, MN at Fine Line
11/17/11 Chicago, IL at Park West
11/18/11 Detroit, MI at Royal Oak Theatre
11/19/11 Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room
11/20/11 Cleveland, OH at House of Blues
11/22/11 Columbus, OH at Lincoln Theatre
11/23/11 Baltimore, MD at Lyric Opera House
Brian McKnight and Vivica A. Fox play divorcees in "Cheaper to Keep Her"
*From the man who brought you “Whatever She Wants” and “The Maintenance Man” is bringing another steamy, star-studded drama to theaters.
Award-winning author and playwright Je’Caryous Johnson has put together one of the biggest drama-filled comedies of the year featuring Vivica A. Fox and Brian McKnight called “Cheaper to Keep Her.” The national tour will kick off on the West Coast beginning Sept. 18, 2010, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Then they make their way east, ending their 32-stop tour in Baltimore on January 30th.
In “Cheaper to Keep Her,” Raymond Mays (Brian McKnight) splits with his wife Morgan Mays (Vivica A. Fox), and they hire two competitive family members to represent them in their divorce. While the battle in the court goes on, Raymond tries to get Morgan hitched so he can stop paying alimony, but finds out letting her go like that is not easy. The play also stars Christian Keyes, from “Madea Goes to Jail, comedian Jonathan Slocumb, and comedian Gary “G-Thang” Johnson.
“Je’Caryous and I are honored to work again with Vivica A. Fox and Lita Richardson on a production,” Gary Guidry, executive producer and president of I’m Ready Productions said. “As co-producers, Vivica and Lita bring great ideas and creative innovation to the project.”
Tickets for “Cheaper to Keep Her” are available through Ticketmaster outlets. For group ticket sales, please call 1-800.745.3000. Dates and locations are below:
Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre, September 23-25
Sacramento, CA, Memorial Auditorium, September 26
Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern Theater, September 30 – October 2
San Diego, CA, Spreckles Theatre, October 3
Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Civic Center, October 6
Raleigh, NC, Memorial Auditorium, October 7
Greensboro, NC, War Memorial Auditorium, October 8
Portsmouth, VA, Willett Hall, October 9-10
Detroit, MI, Music Hall Center, October 12-17
Omaha, NE, Omaha Music Hall, October 19
Wichita, KS, Century II PAC, October 20
Kansas City, MO, Music Hall, October 21-22
St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena, October 23
Nashville, TN, Tennessee PAC, October 24
Toronto, Canada, IN, Massey Hall, October 26
Albany, NY, Palace Theater, October 27
Harrisburg, PA, Forum, October 28
New Haven, CT, Shubert Theater, October 29-30
Boston, MA, Wang Theater, October 31
Greenville, SC, Peace Center, November 2
Macon, GA, Macon Centreplex, November 3
Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Civic Center, November 4-6
Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium, November 7
Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater, November 9-14
Youngstown, OH, Powers Auditorium, November 16
Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre, November 17
Chicago, IL, Arie Crown Theater, November 18-20
Baltimore, MD, Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State, January 27-30, 2011
Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah in the Broadway musical Fela!
*The Broadway musical Fela!, which just 11 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, is set to launch a nationwide tour in addition to its scheduled European premiere in the fall.
Playbill.com caught up with Bill T. Jones, who conceived, directed, choreographed and co-authored the book to the biographical musical about Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, during the May 6 Tony nominees reception.
“[Fela!] is definitely gonna hit the road. Late 2011 the tour will start, is what our lead producer told me last night,” said Jones. He also said that several theatres across the country were interested in producing the production and the team had received numerous production inquiries from Europe.
The London’s National Theatre will present the European premiere of Fela!, which Jones said would be a 12-week run. “There is every indication that if it works well there, it will either sit there for a while or move.”
As previously reported, Sahr Ngaujah, who earned a Best Actor Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of the African political and musical figure, will open the London production that begins Nov. 6.
In addition to London, Jones said he had also been contacted about a Lagos, Nigeria production of Fela!, which would bring the musical full circle. (The musical is set on Kuti’s Lagos commune, The Shrine.)
Fela! earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones), Best Actor (Sahr Nguajah), Best Featured Actress (Lillias White), Best Choreography (Jones), Best Direction (Jones), Best Orchestrations (Aaron Johnson), Best Scenic Design (Marina Draghici), Best Costume Design (Marina Draghici), Best Lighting Design (Robert Wierzel) and Best Sound Design (Robert Kaplowitz).
The musical opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Nov. 23, 2009, after an acclaimed run Off-Broadway in 2008 at 37 Arts. Visit FelaonBroadway.