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October 5, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Melba Moore to Perform at Kean University

UNION, N.J. –– The Tony Award-winning singer Melba Moore will bring her multifaceted talent to the Wilkins Theatre stage on Thursday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

With the astonishing ability to sing anything from gospel to pop, Moore first captivated audiences in her debut as Dionne in the Broadway musical, Hair. She later became the first African American woman to win a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Lutiebelle in the long-running show Purlie. The recognition she gained catapulted her into a successful television and recording career. Her credits include Broadway’s Les Miserables; television’s The Melba Moore/ Clifton Davis Show and mini-series Ellis Island; as well as recording hits This Is It, You Stepped Into My Life, and the Grammy Award-nominated song Lean On Me. Her 1990 recording of Lift Every Voice and Sing was instrumental in having the song entered into the Congressional Record as the official African-American National Anthem. Of Moore’s recent New York City performance, Back Stage raved, “To say she tore the house down would border on understatement. At one point, fronting her four-piece band, it felt as if the room was shaking as she flaunted vocal histrionics nonpareil.”

Tickets are $25 for the public; $21 for senior citizens; and $17 for children. Black-and-white and color photographs are available upon request. For further information, to order tickets, or request a brochure, call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).