Saturday, 24 November 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Regina Belle to grace Jamaica House + Rising J’can actor delights on Broadway

A STAR IS BORN: Sebastien Heins, a young Jamaican actor who got his first break several years ago playing Simba in a Toronto production of The Lion King, is now (at 23) reportedly doing big things on Broadway as the writer and star of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip-Hopera, a song-and-dance opus directed by Adam Lazarus. Heins’ high-energy piece forms part of New York City's third annual United Solo Festival, a six-week multicultural theatrical event that features one-person performances in the heart of the city's theater district and is the largest of its kind in the world. With non-stop dancing, miming, rapping, and singing, Brotherhood chronicles the compelling story of how two music-loving brothers are torn apart from each other and the circumstances that reunited them.

SIMPLY STELLAR: As it approaches twilight on December 7, the lawns of Jamaica House will be utterly transformed into an inter-planetary galactic zone, as it plays host to the fifth staging of what promises to be an extraordinary showcase dubbed “A Starry Night” – under the co-patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Sir Howard Cooke and staged by the Lay Persons’ Initiative of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (LPI). A star-studded lineup, headed by four-time Grammy-winning songstress Regina Belle, jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo Tappin and Ibo Cooper and Friends, will grace the stage. Additionally, patrons will be served the most delectable and exotic cuisine from the four corners of the Earth, prepared by some of Jamaica’s award-winning chefs. Proceeds from the event, which has been held four times since its inception, will go towards diverse areas of ministry, including the Pringle Home and the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home.

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