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Salon Series: WiLDFLOWER
April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until April 27, 2019
Salon Series: WiLDFLOWER
Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27 / 7:30 PM
in Partnership with National Black Theatre
Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th
Book, music & lyrics by Jason Michael Webb & Lelund Durond Thompson
Directed by Logan Vaughn
The Apollo Theater’s Salon Series in partnership with National Black Theatre presents WiLDFLOWER; a new musical that follows a rebellious, but devoted young mother who unwittingly meets a Sangoma, learns her ancestors’ purpose for her young son, and then must choose between the cost of obeying her ancestors or the higher cost of defying them. Set in the tumult of the early 90’s in both South Africa & the US, WiLDFLOWER features an exciting South African Pop & Gospel score to tell this epic tale.
WiLDFLOWER is being developed as a part of NBT’s Soul L.A.B. Residency and The Apollo Salon Series, which began in 2016 to support innovative artists and works-in-progress projects.
* Additional $3.50 facility fee, online and phone service fees may apply
Jason Michael Webb
Jason Michael Webb is a writer, musical director, arranger, orchestrator, lecturer and a lover of music. He recently served as Musical Director of the gorgeous Tony- and GRAMMY-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple, directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Mr. Webb is now currently Music Director/Arranger for Cynthia Erivo, who won a 2016 Tony Award as Celie in the Broadway Revival.
As Musical Director of the six-time GRAMMY Award®-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums for The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, leading to two Stellar Award®nominations and a Dove Award® win. His arrangement of BTC’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide.
Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director/Vocal Arranger for the upcoming Broadway production of the acapella play, Choir Boy, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy’s Motown: The Musical, Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith and Jeanine Tesori’s Violet.
Lelund Durond Thompson
Lelund Durond Thompson is a writer, director, photographer, acting coach and founder of Lelund Durond Studios. His photography has been published in publications such as Rolling Stone, People Magazine and The New York Times. As an acting coach, his clients appear on stage (Eclipsed, The Color Purple, Lion King) and screen (Jane the Virgin, Superior Donuts, Orange is the New Black, Chicago Med, Altered Carbon, Doom Patrol).
Logan Vaughn is a New York based Artist and Director. In 2008 Logan was awarded the Goodman Theater's prestigious Joyce Arts Fellowship in Casting and subsequently worked as an Associate in the Tony Award winning theater's casting department for five seasons.
Logan was Playwrights Horizon's Director in Residence 2012-2013. In 2012 Logan was also named a Member of the Director's Lab, Lincoln Center. As a Director she has worked with Geva Theatre, Playwright's Center, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Mosaic Theatre, 59E59, National Black Theatre and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her work in film includes assisting the Academy Award winning producing team behind Precious and Monster's Ball as well as serving as head of casting for several award winning Independents including My Name is Jerry and Southern Cross. Logan, directed the World Premiere of Mat Smart's The Agitators at Geva Theatre where it became the Best Selling World Premiere in Geva Theatre's history. And most recently directed the New York premiere of Loy Webb's The Light at MCC Theater.
In television she has shadowed for the FOX Network (APB) and the Paramount Network (WACO Mini-Series). Logan trained professionally as a dancer for fifteen years with various companies including Gus Giordano and Visceral Dance. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia College Chicago and has been featured in national and international publications including Glamour, Essence, Lucky and Globetrotter Magazine.