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30 Mar 2018

Vy Higginsen returns to the stage in the new musical ‘Let The Music Play… Gospel!’

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March 30, 2018 Category: Oasis Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Vy Higginsen


The Mama Foundation for the Arts announced the brand new production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play… Gospel!” From the creators of “Mama, I Want To Sing!” – the worldwide musical sensation – “Let the Music Play… Gospel!” is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring an intergenerational company of performers comprised of both younger and older adults at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues).

After a long running hit engagement in 1988, the joyous concert musical returns 30 years later, for an energized remounting; performances begin on April 7, 2018.


Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, this 30th Anniversary revival offers new direction by Wydro, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Kevin McKoy, and choreographer Elijah Ahmad Lewis. The show features a new and fresh showcasing of a classic musical genre. Higginsen invites you to experience the floor-stomping and roof-shaking power of her legendary musical: “This show is guaranteed to warm your soul and lift your spirits. The story is in the sound of the music; the message is in the words of the song.”

“Let the Music Play… Gospel!” features Vy Higginsen returning to the stage with fellow cast members Deborah Bingham, Matthew Brown, Matthew Burke, Renee Connell, Carlton Ellen, Jessica Lyric Harp, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Gladys Mitchell, Kamal Morales, Jalana Potts, Kiara Ray, Michael Reid, Roberta Ross, and Chloe Thompson; with musicians Andre Cleghorn, Edward Cleghorn, Jr, David McKoy, and music director Kevin McKoy; lighting design by Earl Dolphy, and sound design by Don Juan Holder.

Proceeds from the production benefit The Mama Foundation for the Arts, a cultural space in Harlem with a mission to present, preserve and promote the history and fundamentals of gospel, jazz, and rhythm & blues music for current and future generations, as well as to provide quality training and employment in the performing arts to both youths and adults.

A non-profit 501(c)3, The Mama Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1998 by Vy Higginsen, inspired by her musical “Mama, I Want To Sing!”

Through the Foundation’s School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B and its Gospel for Teens program, instruction in these musical art forms has been offered to young people between the ages of 11 and 19 at no cost since 2006. The Gospel for Teens program has serviced hundreds of students in the past seven years, providing desperately needed support to musically gifted children and replacing arts programs taken out of many inner city schools.

“Let the Music Play… Gospel!” will perform Saturday afternoons from April 7th through to May 19th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are available by calling The Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045 or through OvationTix at Tickets are $35 – $50 for general admission.  Special rates for seniors age 62 or over, and groups of 10 or more are also available when calling the box office. For more information, please visit

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