I’m so thrilled to share with my friends and even my friends that are fans, our new work. My favorite song on our album is a song I wrote called “Pimp for Love”
A few years ago I played a beatboxing subway musician in a little off-Broadway musical called In Transit. It was officially my off-Broadway debut. I had acted in countless off-off Broadway shows and readings for 8 years prior. Finding my way as a performer. A few of my friends who had known me only from music came out to see me on the boards. It was a magical time! Eventually the cast and I went on to receive the Drama Desk Award for best ensemble, being one of New York theatre’s most coveted awards.
After 6 years of development since it’s off-Broadway production and 16 years since it’s initial creation the a cappella musical IN TRANSIT is poised to become the first Broadway musical to be entirely with the human voice. Straight from the creative forces behind Disney’s mega-hit FROZEN (Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez) and Broadway hit NEWSIES (Tony winner Christopher Gattelli) comes a new musical that rides the A Cappella train of AWE inspiring AWESOMENESS. The critically acclaimed off-Broadway production became the most nominated off-Broadway musical of the 2010-2011 theatre season.
Brought to life by theatre producer Janet B. Rosen, IN TRANSIT has finally inked a deal with a major Broadway theatre, to be announced, and I cannot be more humbled, excited, and ready for this journey. The team has taken IN TRANSIT to a level I don’t know if I ever imagined. A first rate cast and team that has truly prepared the show for a Broadway run!!!! In Transit is coming round the corner!!!
Back on the Boards… It is such a blessing to rock with the best. I have been cast in the workshop production of Vincent Pastore’s new play Wild Children slated for September 2014. It’s an honor to work with playwright Vincent Pastore and director Maureen Van Zandt. Vincent most recently appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. Of course he is recognizable by just about everyone who knows anything about that old TV box thingy due to his starring role in the iconic HBO series the Sopranos widely regarded as one of the best series in recent television history.
Wild Children is a raw and gritty tale of love, power, sex, music, drugs, dreams, and ambition set against the backdrop of New York night life in the early 80’s. After starring on the Broadway stage in mega-hit “Chicago”, veteran actor, Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), continues to shine as he dips into the waters by writing and producing the full length play, “Wild Children”. A work of fiction, the play “Wild Children” draws its inspiration from his own memories of owning and running the club, “Crazy Horse” in Westchester County back in the 80’s. The characters that stumbled through that door (and a few who were thrown out that same door), give fodder for “Wild Children”.
photo credit Jason Gardner 2014
Production Photo Credit: A Cappella Humana @ Delaware Theatre C0mpany
WHAT: The City is an immersive performance experience that examines how New Yorkers connect and disconnect in the city. The performance moves through realistic and symbolic theatrical scenes enhanced by film, dance, music, poetry, beat-box, photography and design. The audience will encounter connection as the literal and metaphysical ways humans touch and impact each other or fail in doing so. The performance plays with three primary “connection” themes: 1) social and relational dynamics 2) technology trends that hinder and enhance connectivity 3) the innate human longing for belonging. The performance will ebb and flow between dramatic, playful, thought-provoking and celebratory experiences. It will evoke a diverse audience to recognize parts of themselves while igniting a frisky, rare and fresh tryst with each other and the performers.
WHY: We want the audience to leave the performance feeling both entertained and intellectually stimulated, with thoughts around deeper existential/philosophical questions: What connects us? What invisible forces connect us? What connections am I missing? What impact does a technologically advancing society have on connection? How do I want to connect in the city? Ideally, the audience will also leave the performance having formed new connections with New York and fellow New Yorkers within the performance space and beyond as they journey through the performance piece…
WHO: Alive Worldwide is proud to unite compassion-driven and talented artists, including Drama Desk Award winning theater artist, songwriter, and beatboxer, Chesney Snow, and world-renowned singer/songwriter Morley.
WHERE: Theater Lab 357 W. 36th Street (Between 8 & 9th Avenues) New York, NY
American Beatboxer is honored and thrilled to screen at the 13th annual Hollywood Black Film Festival on Friday October 4th at 7:30 pm. Dubbed “The Black Sundance” Hollywood Black Film Festival is one of the premiere film festivals showcasing the work of Black independent filmmakers. This years festival is sponsored by Nike and Codeblack. Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, John Singleton, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Reuben Cannon, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Antwone Fisher, Ice-T, Rev. Run, Bill Duke, Loretta Devine, Rockmond Dunbar, Lamaan Rucker, directors Tim Story, Preston Whitmore, Rob Hardy and Jeff Byrd, and producer Will Packer, the Festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood community.
Ricardo Montalban Theater 1615 N. Vine St, Hollywood CA 90028
PURCHASE TICKETS – THEY ARE ONLY $15
Nestled in the deep within the awe inspiring mountains of Wyoming is a small town called Jackson Hole. A world famous ski resort and vacation spot the town is a cultural center for performance and art with world class talent premiering on any given night. I was blessed to collaborate with Judith Sloan on her new theatrical work Yo Miss as a musician and assistant director to Obie award winner Bob Berky. Luke Santy, Miwi Lupa, and Adam Hill also joined us for the workshopping of this new theatrical work slated for performances in New York City at NYU. In addition to workshopping the material I also taught a Learn to Beatbox workshop at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
Yo Miss is produced by Earsay in collaboration with Viper Records. The work tells the story of a high school educator and her students’ immigrant and refugee experiences. Funny, poignant, and heartbreaking it glides alongside a musical landscape that illustrates the power of Hip Hop to connect people to each others’ stories.
Click the link to launch music player and listen to my collaboration with Laki Lan
Years ago, in my early twenties, my girlfriend and I were like many other Americans. We were very poor living with roommates. Literally our first room was virtually a large walk in closet with an air mattress. Living in NYC from literally a few hundred dollars a week. Like many American’s we tried to budget ourselves accordingly and sought the cheapest food we could find in the grocery store. Sadly, Hotpockets were a staple of our diet. As we became more educated through research and wisdom we began to see the benefits caring about what we ate. Not being able to afford Whole Foods we came across a grocery store called Trader Joe’s. A store committed to better quality food at affordable prices.
Today we are somewhat better off financially than we were 8 to 10 years ago and now shop at farmers’ markets and Trader Joe’s. I used to joke that you have to be wealthy to be healthy. In our exploration of caring about food, drinking fresh juices etc. we discovered that there is a much more sinister agenda with regards to food. There is a war on the people from a variety of fronts. This is perhaps the most pertinent front faced by the people of the world.