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LaChanze & Friends - Dance Divas

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Folly Frolic 2022 will present a world premiere concert featuring Broadway diva LaChanze. LaChanze starred as Donna Summer in Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and won the Tony Award for the original Broadway production of The Color Purple. She and a stellar company of singers and musicians will be rocking the Folly stage with songs made famous by Donna Summer and other dance era icons. This one-night-only extravaganza is not to be missed!

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LaCHANZE

With a career that has spanned thirty-one Broadway seasons, LaChanze consistently brings women of complexity and triumph into the cultural lexicon.

LaChanze won a Tony® Award for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple, originated the role of Ti Moune in Once on This Island (Tony® Award nomination), and upheld her commitment to artistic excellence this past season as Wiletta in Alice Childress’ historic play, Trouble In Mind (Tony® Award nomination). Other notable stage performances include roles in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Tony® Award nomination), A Christmas Carol, The Secret Life of Bees, If/Then, The Wiz, Ragtime, Uptown… It’s Hot! and Dreamgirls.

On screen, she has delivered memorable roles in both TV and film including: “Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise” (Emmy Award), “The Blacklist,” Melinda,” “The Help,” HBO’s “The Night Of,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Fight,” “Sex And The City,” and Disney animated feature film “Hercules” among other titles.

This season, LaChanze serves as producer both on the 20th anniversary revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’ acclaimed Pulitzer-Prize-Winning play, Topdog/Underdog, as well as Kimberly Akimbo, a new musical by Tony® Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.

She is the Vice President of Black Theatre United, a community of creatives dedicated to awareness, accountability, and advocacy. Proud mother of Celia Rose and Zaya LaChanze. She resides in Westchester, New York with her three cats and gardening hats.

THE COMPANY

Jacquelene Acevedo (Performer / Percussion) Jacquelene is an exciting multi-percussionist known for her musicality, sensitivity, power & passion. She was awarded a Latin Grammy® in 2017. She is a 2021 Tony® Award recipient for the stage production of the critically-acclaimed Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia. She is featured acting, dancing, & singing in addition to playing multiple percussion instruments in Spike Lee’s 2020 Emmy-nominated film adaptation of American Utopia.

Sean Driscoll lives in Brooklyn, NY. He’s performed with Sting, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson, Jonatha Brooke, LaChanze, Blood Sweat & Tears and more. He’s recorded for NBC, Cartoon Network, national jingles and appears on multiple Grammy® Award winning records. He’s currently the guitarist at the Tony® Award winning show, Moulin Rouge!

Richard Hammond (Bass) is a New Zealand-born electric and acoustic bassist, songwriter, and producer based in New York City. Richard is the original and current bassist with Hamilton: An American Musical, and has toured with Joan Osborne, Patti Austin, Nena, Erasure, Raul Midon, Lizz Wright, David Johansen, Angelique Kidjo, Jonatha Brooke, Dar Williams, and The East Village Opera Company among others. He has recorded on the Grammy® winning Original Cast Recording of Hamilton: An American Musical, along with Grammy® Nominated Albums by Joan Osborne, Raul Midon and The East Village Opera Company, He has worked with legendary producers Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Neil Dorfsman, Jack Douglass, Steve Lilywhite and Tony Visconti. He has also recorded on several major motion picture soundtracks including Hamilton: An American Musical, The Incredibles 2, In The Heights, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Disney’s Enchanted, and most recently was featured on Martin Scorsese’s Personality Crisis: One Night Only. Crossing a broad range of musical genres, he has performed with an array of artists including Bono and The Edge, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Carlos Santana, Tired Pony (members of Snow Patrol, REM, Belle & Sebastian), Rita Wilson, Robert Randolph, Bob Moses, Louis Bellson, Luciana Souza, and Mose Allison, among many others.

Cassondra James (Performer) is a New York City based actor, musician, and academic. Her recent theater credits include Mama Rose (Gypsy: Theater Aspen), Mary Church Terrell (Suffs: Public Theater) and Erzulie (Once On This Island: Broadway and 1st National Tour). Recent TV and film credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schmigadoon, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, and Spirited. Her debut EP “Pieces” is available on all streaming services.

Marco Paguia (Music Director) is a music director, arranger, orchestrator and pianist based in New York. Marco most recently music directed the world premiere of Goddess at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He was the music director on Broadway for Girl From the North Country, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Everyday Rapture. Other Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants, Sunday in the Park With George (2017), Tuck Everlasting, If/Then, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Addams Family, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Marco was the co-orchestrator of Unknown Soldier (Williamstown, Playwrights Horizons). His arrangements have been performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and is the music director/arranger/pianist for LaChanze and Lindsay Mendez. Marco had the honor of recording the piano and celesta for the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story, with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Rasul A-Salaam (Performer), a Native of Harlem, NYC has felt the call to express his love for life and music with his voice since the tender age of 3. By age seven, he was known for lending his wide ranging vocal talents and critical ear to various local choirs, groups and ensembles, as a supporting vocalist, arranger, producer, soloist and even as a teacher/coach. Rasul officially began his career in 2005, touring the world singing background. Sharing stages, LIVE and/ or in studio with a plethora of artists; Pastor Shirley Caesar, Pastor Timothy Wright, Pastor Kim Burrell, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Patti LaBelle, Stormzy, The Gorillaz, Angelique kidjo, Josh Groban, Andra Day, Cyndi Lauper, Lyle Lovett, Alicia Keys & Fantasia to name a few. Today, Rasul is the President of BGV Music, Inc. a small business he founded in 2006 where he provides an array of musical services with a focus on arranging, producing, contracting and managing BackGroundVocalists & solo artists alike.

Jared Schonig (Drums) Grammy® Award-winning drummer, composer & bandleader Jared Schonig has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue & Secret Society, The 8-Bit Big Band, Miho Hazama & m_Unit, David Foster, Laurence Hobgood, Tim Hagans, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Joe Locke, and Ernie Watts among others. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig has toured with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Elling, The New York Voices, Kristen Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, Katherine McPhee, Jessica Vosk and singer/songwriter Donna Lewis, in addition to rising vocal supergroup Duchess, Spencer Day, Laila Biali and Shayna Steele. He has performed around the world from sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall to festivals in Zimbabwe. Schonig co-led The Wee Trio, which released five critically-acclaimed albums over the past eight years. The group received praise from numerous publications and toured internationally. He recently released two solo albums of original music (one quintet and one big band) in the fall of 2021 to critical acclaim. When at home in New York City, Schonig is a fixture in both the jazz and Broadway scene; he recently held the drum chair for the critically acclaimed Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy Award-winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple and is currently playing drums and percussion for the 10-time Tony® Award-winning Moulin Rouge! The Musical. He also is an in-demand drummer/percussionist for studio recordings, jingle sessions and other commercial music recordings. New records Two Takes Volume 1: Quintet and Two Takes Volume 2: Big Band OUT NOW!