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The Black-Ups
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 8:00PM

The Green Room 42
570 10th Ave
4th Floor of YOTEL (42nd and Tenth Ave)
New York, NY 10036


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.