If This Hat Could Talk


New York Return After National Tour Receiving Rave Reviews

Civil Rights Gospel Sensation Musical

Playing New York at the Apollo for 7 performances Only   

March 22nd through March 25th

A Must See,” says Maya Angelou

 New York, NY) – If This Hat Could Talk, an incredible musical of passion, power and triumph,  covers the Civil Rights Movement from 1924-1972 as reflected through the experiences and relationships of civil rights legend Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chair Emeritae of The National Council of Negro Women.  Performances will be held at the Apollo Theater for a limited 7 performance run Thursday, March 22 through Sunday March 25.  It’s more than a play: it’s education, its entertainment, its faith in action, it’s a movement.  In supporting this most timely musical celebration you change a generation and celebrate another.  It’s an experience for the entire family.   Only seven (7) performances.  Tickets for performances start Thursday March 22- Sunday March 25 with evening performances at 8 pm except, Sunday at 7:30 pm; and Matinees: Saturday, Noon – 2; Sunday 3:00 pm.  Tickets start at $40 ($35 group rates; $50 for opening night reception and performance.)  Call the Apollo Theater Box Office (212) 531-5306 or Ticketmaster (212) 307-7171.   

Behind the Scenes of the Production:If This Hat Could Talk Tony Award Winner George Faison, Playwright and Director, is the directed/choreographed/writer of the production.  One of George Faison best known works is the Broadway hit The Wiz.  He won a Tony, Drama Desk and Carbonell Award for his choreography.  He was nominated for another Tony Award for Porgy and Bess and received an Emmy Nomination for the HBO movie, The Josephine Baker Story. Faison has staged and directed concerts and videos for such musical greats as Ashford & Simpson, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Most recently, Faison was nominated for a Carbonell Award for his choreography for Tin Pan Alley Rag. 

Joe Coleman wrote the highly acclaimed original music and lyrics for the production If this Hat Could Talk.  Coleman is currently on leave from his role as lead singer of The Platters.  He has performed with some of the greatest performers in the business including Barbara Streisand on her Finale Tour, Smokey Robinson, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, and The Isley Brothers. He has performed across the United States, Asia, and
Europe.  Coleman also performs in the musical. His theatrical credits include Nuthin’ But the Blues, Mamma I Want to Sing, and Heaven and a Homeboy written and directed by George Faison.

If This Hat Could Talk showcases a star-studded cast headlined by Margaret Bell, Natalie Wilson, and Tony Terry with appearances by vocalist and Co-Executive Producer, Joe Coleman. Margaret Bell, starring as Dr. Dorothy Height, is the younger sister of the famous gospel singer Vanessa Armstrong.  Her critical début album is: Over and Over.  
Bell is no stranger to the stage. She has starred in several Broadway and Off Broadway productions including If These Hips Could Talk along side legendary actor Billy Dee Williams, Don’t Get God Started, God’s Tambourine and Spiritual.
Natalie Wilson, starring as Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, is a contemporary recording artist and ordained Minister.  She is the first woman to ever lead a nationally known major label gospel choir, S.O.P. Choral.
Wilson has appeared on BET, Bobby Jones’ Gospel Showcase and she has released two top albums: Girl Director in 2000 and Good Life in 2003.
Tony Terry, starring in a dual role as Dr. Martin Luther and Malcolm X, is an award winning R&B singer and actor and one of the industry’s most loved balladeers with a hit list of love songs that include: With You, She’s Fly, Everlasting Love and Lovey, Dovey.  He has received numerous awards for With You and Soul Train Awards nominations.  He recently performed with Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and currently is on tour with Roberta Flack.  His theatrical productions include Mamma I Want to Sing, The WIZ, His Woman, His Wife, and Tall Dark and Handsome. Terry’s latest venture has landed him on the top of the gospel charts with Praise Him from his current album, Change. About Our Sponsors & Multi-City Tour

If This Hat Could Talk is produced by VanJo Productions in conjunction with Westvision Entertainment and Skinner Leadership Institute and supported nationally by The Procter & Gamble Company, Walgreens, Family Dollar, CVS, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Coca-Cola, and TV One.  The musical is touring major cities throughout the United States with
Cincinnati, OH, the last appearance on the 2007 tour.

For more information, log onto www.vanjoproductions.com or call our hotline at 800-399-9639.   Contact Person to schedule interviews: C. Ottley, National Media Relations: email:  hatstalk2@comcast.net



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