Jelani Remy: Make Them Hear You
Jelani Remy is a theatre actor known for his Broadway debut in Disney's "The Lion King" (playing the role of Simba), as well as his other Broadway appearance in "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations" (playing the role of Eddie Kendricks). Prior shows include "High School Musical" (National Tour), "High School Musical 2" (Fox Theater), "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (Off-Broadway), and "The Apple Boys" (Off-Broadway).
On June 11, 2018, as part of the "Broadway at The Pierre" cabaret series in association with Broadway Sings for Pride, a concert was held at Two E Bar/Lounge — the sophisticated saloon located inside the New York City luxury hotel, The Pierre. The concert (titled "Encore") featured a performance by Remy, backed by pianist and musical director Charles Santoro. The concert was scheduled on the day after the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, further celebrating the talent and legacy of the Great White Way.
Remy performed the song "Make Them Hear You" during the concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Make Them Hear You" is a song from "Ragtime".
"Ragtime" is a musical with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and a book by Terrence McNally. It is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow.
Set in the early 20th century, "Ragtime" tells the story of three groups in the United States: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. The show also incorporates historical figures such as Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman.
The musical had its world premiere in Toronto, where it opened at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts (later renamed the Toronto Centre for the Arts) on December 8, 1996, produced by Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky and his Livent Inc., the Toronto-production company he headed.
The United States premiere was at the Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles in June 1997.
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