Sunday, September 26, 2010

Keymah Directs the World Premiere of "Route 66:Finding Nat King Cole"


Route 66: Finding Nat King Col
Amun Ra Theatre, 2805 Clifton Avenue
October 8 - 31, 2010
Some know him as the greatest pianist who ever lived, others as the King of ballads and love songs,still others as a trailblazing television idol.  Nashville will have the honor of meeting them all, and the actor who brings his music to life.  Following the success of his first one-man show, How Blak Kin Eye Bee, Dr. jeff obafemi carr will appear in the world premiere of Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, at Amun Ra Theatre, 2508 Clifton Avenue October 8th - October 31st, 2010, Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. with a post-show discussion. Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole will be directed by writer, producer, and performer T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, known world wide for her acclaimed television work on In Living Color, Cosby, and That's So Raven 
Keymáh, who studied directing at Florida A & M and Florida State Universities, and has directed an episode of the Disney television show, That's So Raven and several stage productions including her own award-winning, Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters.  Like Route 66, Some of My Best Friends is a one-person show with poetry and music.  Keymáh did celebrated runs of her show  in Los Angeles and New York and toured with it for more than ten years.  She and carr, who is also the Artistic Director of Amun Ra Theatre, had been discussing a collaboration since they first met at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina many years ago.  For just as long, fans of carr's singing voice have been urging him to bring Cole to the theatrical stage.  So when carr finished polishing a draft of the show this summer,  it seemed to him that Keymáh was the perfect choice to direct the piece. 
Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, explores the struggle of one performer to find his own voice while fighting to embody one of the greatest entertainers of all times. Full of storytelling,  characters, poetry and of course the music you know and love, audiences will laugh, cry, and be moved by the music of one of the greatest and most beloved singers of all time.   
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hollywood Comes to Nashville: A Tools of the Trade Talk with T'Keyah

Saturday, September 21, 2010
9AM – 12Noon
Shamblin Theater, Lipscomb University
1 University Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
You've seen her on Disney's "That's So Raven," "Cosby," "In Living Color" and much more. Now 25+ year veteran of stage, television and screen, actress / director / producer T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh comes to the Music City to share her expertise in an enlightening 3 hours open to everyone who wants to learn about the entertainment business. This is open to ALL AGES. Topics covered will include: 
* Building a professional resume for you or your child's acting career
* Identifying good training opportunities
* Characteristics of a great headshot
* How to tell if someone is scamming you
* What to do first
* When to join the unions / when to move to a bigger market

You'll be able to meet and ask questions directly to T'Keyah; one actor will be selected for a monologue performance and critique, and another for a headshot and resume evaluation.

Price $25.00

Info Line 615-329-4228

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The best parking for the Shamblin is behind the Campus Center. Enter the parking lot for Lipscomb from Granny White Blvd, across from Pizza Perfect.


Monday, May 17, 2010

T'Keyah Crystal Keymah Salutes Gospel's Original Diva

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's tribute concert spotlights the multi-talented Chicago native, celebrates the roots of gospel music and answers the question, “Who is gospel’s original diva?” The concert takes place on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8p.m. at Christian Tabernacle Church, 4712 S. Prairie Ave. in Chicago. (The 47th St. Stop on the Green Line) Host Pastor Maceo Woods. V103's Effie Rolfe will host the show produced by gospel maven Pastor Mack C. Mason in collaboration with Keymáh. Regular tickets: $20; VIP tickets: $25. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets (800.838.3000) and Christian Tabernacle (773.548.2500), or log on to: Save 20% by purchasing your ticket by June 1st. For groups call (630) 336-5379.

Best known as a series regular on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning sketch variety show, In Living Color, CBS’ hit, COSBY, and Disney’s That’s So Raven, Keymáh was first known to Chicago audiences for playing Dinah Washington in ETA’s long-running review, The Regal Theater and capturing the title of Miss Black Illinois with singing impressions of Nell Carter, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday. Also appearing in the concert are Jeffery Eubanks, Traci Mason, Natalie McKnight, Tyrone Merriweather, Judith Powell, Willa Rogers, Sharon Sallis, Debbie Smith Karen Walker and Jack Yates. Yates appeared on the DVD Bobby Jones Live in Italy and with the Grammy nominated James Grier and Company. His new solo debut CD is 'The Journal of Jack Yates."

In the June concert Keymáh pays tribute to gospel’s original diva…but who was gospel’s first real diva? Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, Rosetta Tharpe or someone else? Keymáh invites gospel fans to post their pre-concert guesses on her Facebook Fan page (

The concert is the latest musical collaboration between Keymáh and Mason who first worked together on a concert of Mason’s original music more than twenty years ago. Mason is the author and publisher of several books, including "Saints in the Land of Lincoln" (which has been called "Gospel Music 101"). He is also a gifted singer / songwriter, and a radio personality whose voice has been heard on radio and television since 1976. The founder of Faithday Press, Mason most recently co-authored Christian Tabernacle Pastor Maceo L. Woods’ new biography, “A Graceful Journey.”

The concert kicks-off the Black Music Month Gospel Trade Symposium which includes panels, lectures, workshops and a new artist showcase on Saturday, June 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, at Roberts Temple COGIC, 4021 S. State St. Host Pastor: Supt. Clevon Wardlow. Panels and workshops include: The History of Chicago School of Gospel, What Record Companies are Looking for, Inspiration and Innovation – Why Indies Matter. Cost to attend all panels and workshops is $10.00.

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T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Pastor Mack C. Mason are available for interviews. To arrange, please contact Donald James at 313.258.9162 or via email at #