“BROADWAY, Our Way” The Musical

Purelements COAR program dance concert

We hope to inspire our students to pursue any show with confidence, as a potential performer … We also seek to pay homage to specific Black musicals that have had a significant impact on American Culture.” – Lakai Worrell, Co-Artistic Dir., Purelements

Now in its 10th year, Purelements’ COAR program presents “BROADWAY, Our Way!” the culminating year theatrical concert will present a full scripted musical, with dance and live singing, featuring over 15+ ballet, modern, West African, tap, jazz dance and select vocal performances. BROADWAY, Our Way!” will showcase new works inspired by select Broadway shows critical to Black American history, including “The Wiz;” “Motown;” “Porgy & Bess;” “Dreamgirls;” “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar;” “Purlie;” “Bring in the Noise;” “FELA!” and more choreographed and developed by the COAR program’s teaching artists. COAR’s 2017 teaching artists include: Tricia Greenidge (early childhood fundamentals); Keisha Washington (early childhood fundamentals); Halima Lawrence (ballet); Eddie Stockton (modern/jazz); Hollie Wright (ballet/tap); Men Ca (modern); Calvin Booker (tap); Latra Wilson (ballet); Whilhemenia Taylor (West African); Edwian Stokes (West African drumming); and Najja Codrington (West African drumming).

This year’s theme, “BROADWAY, Our Way!” signifies more than the famed musicals that Purelements’ COAR students will deliver performances from, but is also references the will to pursue Broadway style theater careers despite Broadway’s historically limited and often marginalized opportunities for playwrights, directors and performers of color. Recognizing that Broadway shows have become the quintessential…

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