NO F&B MINIMUM @ THE GREEN ROOM 42
Just like Sonny and Cher...but with a little more soul!!!
America’s favorite back-up singers, The Black-Ups, are back! The Diva-About-Town,
LaDonna Burns (RENT nat’l tour, Seussical The Musical nat’l tour) and The Lover of
Tight Jeans, James Jackson, Jr. (Whistle Down The Wind nat’l tour), are back as the
wise-cracking, soul-singing, over-worked, and under-used duo, who’s cabaret act
always asks the burning question “Who’s gonna sing lead?”. Seen for years at Joe’s
Pub, DROM NYC, and The A.R.T.’s Club Oberon, The Black-Ups are coming to
midtown to tell a few jokes, make some new friends, and to see how the fancy folks live.
With the sexiest soul band in town, lead by the multi-talented, ever-charming Elliot
Roth, The Black-Ups will take you on a soul-searching musical joyride, all while they
sing a little more than just Oooh’s and Ahhh’s.
LaDonna Burns is originally from Indianapolis. Her National Tour credits
include RENT ( Seasons of Love Soloist, Joanne understudy ) & Seussical the
Musical (Sour Kangaroo). LaDonna has appeared as Teen Angel/Miss Lynch
in Grease (International Music Festival in Macau, China). Regional credits: All Shook
Up (Sylvia), Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ), Ain't Misbehavin (Armelia), Beehive (Diana
Ross/Aretha Franklin/Patti LaBelle/Ikette), Crowns (Jeanette) & Satchmo: The Life and
Times of Louis Armstrong (Ella Fitzgerald/Bessie Smith). Her love of all music has led
her to become a Pop/Rock vocal coach at New York Film Academy. She has sang in
numerous venues around NYC including 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Terminal 5.
James Jackson, Jr. Deposited in NYC over a decade ago, James has done it all. Hit
the road with some angry Brits (Whistle Down The Wind Nat’l Tour), sung his heart out
for a few years with the Rockettes (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), maybe won an
award for work back in his native Boston (Dreamgirls Massasoit Theater), had
inappropriate relations on a piano bench a few times (The Wild Party, Columbia Stages
& SpeakEasy Stage Co [regional premiere]), played a few women (Henri Gabler Exigent
Theater), and possibly spent some time dressed as a poinsettia tree, allegedly in
Branson, Missouri (Christmas Dreams). His highly emotional, devastatingly funny
cabaret act has been seen at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, DROM, Duane Park, The A.R.T.’s
Club Oberon, & Los Angeles’ Lyric Theatre. James’ razor-sharp wit, unique sense of
humor, talent, and on & off stage persona have become an artistic force to be reckoned
with as he changes the face of the concert stage.