Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson in "Mama, I Want to Sing"
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Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation
Sing Harlem Sing! performance

Featuring: Tyrone Flowers, Sandra Huff, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Bettina Pennon, and the Gospel for Teens Choir. Performance at Dempsey Theater, 2011. Photo credits: Jasmin Williams.


The Classic Stage Musical
Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation

Mama, I Want to Sing illustrates the story of many great performers who learned their craft in the church choir. The Doris in Mama, I Want to Sing (fashioned after Vy’s own sister Doris Troy) stepped out the church choir, performed during Amateur Night at the Apollo, migrated to London where she performed and provided a gospel and soul underpinning for groups such as the Beatles, and eventually performed in Mama, I Want to Sing in the role of her own mother. In Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson (the daughter of Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro) performs in the role of her aunt, Doris Troy.

"Mama, I Want to Sing!" poster, New York City, 2012

   

Left: Poster for the 2012 season. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

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Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation also features selected performers from Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir. Gospel for Teens is the award-winning choir recently featured on CBS' 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and ABC's World News. Higginsen created Gospel for Teens to pass the legacy of gospel music on from generation to generation.

A New Generation Brings Joy
Elijah Ahmad Lewis as Minister of Music

Center: Elijah Ahmad Lewis as Minister of Music. Performance at Demsey Theater, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

Selection from "Faith Can Move a Mountain"
Vocals by Kathy Murphy Jackson

   
Mama, I Want to Sing CD

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$12.00
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Bring Harlem Home
Mama, I Want to Sing CD

This is the original cast recording! Performers include Kenny Hawkins, Joshua Keitt, RiShon Odels, and Toney Rhodes.

Executive Producers: Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, Producer for Al Fine Music: Toney Rhodes, Recorded and mixed at: Stadium Red in New York City, Mix Engineer: Joseph Pedulla, Assistant Engineer: Michael Costagliola

   
Mama, I Want to Sing T-Shirt

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($2.00 for each additional shirt)

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Mama, I Want to Sing T-Shirt

Enjoy the classic simplicity of this brand new design with Mama, I Want To Sing embossed on the front of our black cotton t-shirt.

Available in men’s and women’s sizes large and XL in short sleeves.

Help Us Take Care of the Future
Gospel for Teens Is the New Generation

Proceeds benefit the groundbreaking, award winning Mama Foundation program, Gospel for Teens.

MORE ABOUT GOSPEL FOR TEENS

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing

Left to right: Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.


Great Theater Born in Harlem
Tyrone Flowers and Kia Thornton-Miller performing in Sing Harlem Sing!

Sha'Quila Roberts (Gospel for Teens) performs as a Halo in Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation. Carol Rosegg, 2011

Spring 2014 Performance Schedule

MAMA, I WANT TO SING:
THE NEXT GENERATION

Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
March 29
April 12
May 10

TICKET PRICES

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$35 general admission
$30 students and seniors
Group rates (see far left column)

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BOX OFFICE

Purchase your tickets at The Mama Foundation for the Arts at 149 West 126th between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards (Lenox and Seventh Avenues) weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

THEATER

Dempsey Theater
127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027
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The new Dempsey Theater is centrally located in Harlem between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards (Lenox and Seventh Avenues). The theater has been renovated with state-of-the-art technology for light and sound.

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The cast of Mama, I Want to Sing in the Apollo scene. Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing
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Tyrone Flowers as Reverend Winter

Featuring Tyrone Flowers as Reverend Winter, performance at Demsey Theater, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

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Bill Coyle
Communications Director
Mama Foundation for the Arts
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