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Spotlight on Peter Nelson: Pieces like Playing Hot firmly plant themselves against the grain

Playing Hot performances begin THIS WEEK, on Thursday, April 18. In advance of first preview, we’re thrilled to introduce you to yet another remarkable member of our band. Today we’re featuring Peter Nelson, trombonist and singer, who is playing the…

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Spotlight on Khrys Williams: You’ll be enraptured in the spirit of having a good time

Today we’re pleased to introduce you to Khrys Williams, a musician (specifically a trumpeter) who has been working on Playing Hot with us since our first workshop in 2016. Learn more about Khrys below, and see them in Playing Hot…

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Spotlight on Darrian Douglas: Buddy Bolden’s story is a part of the fabric of New Orleans

Playing Hot performances begin THIS WEEK so we’re thrilled to begin the introductions of our incredible band, the folks really bringing the jazz to Playing Hot. Today we’re featuring Darrian Douglas, our drummer. In addition to his work as a…

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Spotlight on Shernita Anderson: Playing Hot is destined to truly bring the heat!

Playing Hot begins performances in just one week! Ahead of our first performance, we’re pleased to continue introducing you to the brilliant artists who are building this boundless production. Today we’re featuring Shernita Anderson, our choreographer. Heard from Shernita below…

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PLAYING HOT: Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Guide

Heading to Theater 511 this spring to catch Playing Hot? Why not make a night out of it? Our trusty neighborhood expert, Morgan Dubin, scoured Hell’s Kitchen for the best dinner, drink, and entertainment options, with a special focus on…

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Spotlight on Emma Meltzer: It feels like I’ve been dancing for four year straight and I never want to stop

We are thrilled to introduce you to yet another remarkable Playing Hot cast member, Emma Meltzer. Like much of the cast, Emma has been developing the show with us since the beginning, way back in 2015. Read more from Emma…

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Spotlight on Eric R. Williams: A harrowing story about one of America’s most enigmatic musicians

We’re keeping it rolling, introducing all of the brilliant artists who are building Playing Hot, our jazz concert-party-play hybrid. Today we’re featuring Eric R. Williams, the newest member of the Playing Hot cast. Learn more about Eric below, and grab…

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Spotlight on Roi King: Thanx to my Dad, Mother, her brothers, Billie Holiday, and Tower Records

Throughout March and April we’re introducing you to all the remarkable artists who are working together to bring Playing Hot roaring into reality. Today we’re featuring Roi King, an entertainer in the truest sense of the word who has been…

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Spotlight on Cristina Pitter: Our body is rocked with the resilience and brilliance of black people and black music

With just over two weeks to go before our first performance of Playing Hot, we’re pleased to continue introducing you to all the incredible artists who are bringing you to life. Today we’re profiling Cristina Pitter, interdisciplinary artist and storyteller,…

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Spotlight on Dante Jeanfelix: All of your favorite things about live performance in a single night

Playing Hot will perform April 18 through May 12 at Theater 511. In advance of the start of performances, we’re introducing you to all the remarkable artists involved. Today, we’re pleased to feature cast member Danté Jeanfelix, who has been…

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