Press Release: Curtis Wiley Sings the Music of Sam Cooke

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CASA MAÑANA SHOW TO BE FEATURED IN NYC

CURTIS WILEY

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CURTIS WILEY SINGS THE MUSIC OF SAM COOKE

 

TWIST THE NIGHT AWAY WITH STORIES AND THE MUSIC OF THE KING OF SOUL, SAM COOKE

SEPTEMBER 2, 2022, AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, BROADWAY’S SUPPER CLUB

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Curtis Wiley, Braxton Johnson, Phillip Brown

FORT WORTH, Texas (December 2021) – Casa Mañana’s Reid Cabaret Theatre to be featured at NYC’s Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 2, 2022.

Originally produced by Wally Jones in September 2021, Casa Mañana debuted You Send Me: A Salute to the Life and Music of Sam Cooke starring Curtis Wiley.  The show drew sell-out crowds for the duration and even prompted attendance by one of Mr. Cooke’s daughters who said, “It was truly my pleasure to join you and the outstanding cast and musicians. What an honor to listen to great singers (and Curtis and his group were exceptional) who cover my dad’s music and yet stay true to their own talents and not try to imitate.  Curtis and his group were the best I’ve heard!!” The success of the show has led Casa Mañana to partner with Feinstein’s 54/Below in NYC to host a one-night-only event. Music Director Eugene Gwozdz will accompany Mr. Wiley, along with band members and backup singers from Fort Worth.

Twist the night away with the stories and music of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke. Singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and civil rights activist, Cooke fused soul and pop, pioneering the sound for future R&B artists. In 1960 his career skyrocketed from his first secular single “You Send Me,” which was followed by the chart-toppers “Chain Gang,” “Another Saturday Night” and “Cupid.” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” released following his untimely death, is regarded as the anthem for the civil rights movement. These timeless hits have been covered by musicians from Aretha Franklin to Van Morrison and Otis Redding to John Lennon, securing his lasting legacy.

Curtis Wiley in Curtis Wiley Sings the Music of Sam Cooke plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on September 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. There is a $45 – 90 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com/feinsteins.  Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

MORE ABOUT CURTIS WILEY

Curtis Wiley, current cast member of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, makes his Feinstein’s/54 below debut.  Prior to joining the Tony Award-winning production, Curtis has been seen at Lincoln Center, off-Broadway and on stage across the U.S., including the premiere of the original production of You Send Me: A Salute to the Life and Music of Sam Cooke at Casa Manana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas.

ABOUT CASA MAÑANA

Casa Mañana has produced professional theatre in Fort Worth for more than 60 years and strives to create, nurture and advance live professional theatre unparalleled in artistic excellence for the enrichment and education of its diverse community and its future generations of artists and patrons. The Broadway and Children’s Theatre series are seen by nearly 140,000 people annually, including 100,000 school children who attend the Children’s Theatre productions each year. In 2018 the original lobby was transformed into the Reid Cabaret Theatre, which hosts acclaimed small-scale shows and revues. After school classes and summer camps are offered through Casa Mañana Studios. Learn more at www.casamanana.org.

 

MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the-art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.

 

In their description of the venue, The New York Times writes, “Feinstein’s/54 Below has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat in the house. Its sultry after-hours ambiance is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”

 

Feinstein’s/54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members, show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here.