FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
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).