From the Dempsey Theatre on 127th Street in Harlem, New York to the Spreckles Theatre at 121 Broadway in San Diego, California, the cast and crew of Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ are making history, spreading a message and gaining new fans before they ever hit the stage.
The art foundation behind the production, Mama Foundation for the Arts, was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in a two-part series and captured the attention of many, including San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. From there an ideal was born to bring them to town to share their message of inspiration and redemption onstage here.
The creative architects, Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, co-wrote and co-produce this musical that records the biographies of individuals who’ve overcome the challenges and pitfalls of life. In this production takes the audience through their transformation in song. Music ranging from gospel, to soul, to blues, to R&B, to pop and Broadway are at the core of the production.
The cast is expected to play to full audiences for both shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Spreckle’s Theatre, downtown.