Written by Brandon Johnson
In Harlem where soirees required passwords, Ellington played the piano, luminosity was provided by candle light, Lady Day sang “God Bless the Child”, Whiskey Sours were disguised in brown paper bags, and Armstrong scats in his infamous raspy tone. Ladies dressed in pearls and 1920s and 30s champagne colored fringe dresses, with “bob” haircuts that fell to their ears, danced the Charleston with men in tailcoats, bow ties, and suspenders.
What if New York’s Renaissance movement became exposed to The Eiffel Tower, cafes with morels, wine, jam, and “J’ai Deux Amours"? How would it influence the culture, melodies and cuisine? That’s what this production realizes in “When Harlem Came to Paris”. Through brilliant reenactments of Rich Wright, Billie Holiday, James Baldwin, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington set in 1930’s Parisian ambiance, you can live this fantasy. Be honored to attend, and if you can’t we offer you a menu so luxurious you can taste it.Read more!