Renaissance MAGIC!

Saturday, November 3 | 3 pm
Saturday, November 3 | 8 pm*
Sunday, November 4 | 3 pm

*Join us after the 8 pm performance on Saturday for a post-show reception and celebration! All are welcome to attend and help us celebrate #CbusHarlem100!

Produced and presented by the Lincoln Theatre Association, Renaissance MAGIC! is an original work of musical theatre set to the music of the intellectual, social, and artistic explosion of the early 1900s known as the Harlem Renaissance. Showcasing an all-local cast and creative team, this enchanting time-travel retrospective educates and entertains through acting, song, and dance, paying homage to the glorious rebirth of the African-American arts.

Set in Harlem, New York, during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance, Renaissance Magic! follows a family of performing artists as they celebrate and participate in the explosion of African-American arts going on around them. However, young Ella, a whiz in science and math, struggles to find her place within her family’s new-found focus on artistic expression. While grudgingly attending a heritage festival, Ella asks her favorite uncle, “If you had three wishes, what would they be?” His answer, those three wishes, lay the groundwork for this magical, musical journey of discovery through the Harlem Renaissance.

Written by Alexis Wilson, arranged by Karen Williams Hubbard, choreographed by Quianna Simpson, and directed and produced by Lincoln Theatre General Manager Suzan Bradford, this original work of musical theatre showcases the music of the Harlem Renaissance with professional performers and participants of the Lincoln Theatre’s education programs.


Z.F. Taylor - Uncle Chip Jasmine Stone - Ella
Floyd Jackson - Langston Hughes Kenneth Eaddy - Claude McKay & Louis Armstrong
Cynthia Wingo - Jesse Fauset Redmon Lori Conner - Daisy
Eubie Blake - Tyree Sanders Adria Shahid - Mother to Ella & Vocalist
Emerson Perry - Father to Ella & Dancer Kendall Simpson - Younger sister to Ella & Dancer
Abra Prentiss - MC and Dancer Syretta Bates - Bessie Smith and Vocalist
Rosetta Perry - Ella Fitzgerald Jonathan Hughes - Paper Boy #1
MaKenzi Seals - Paper Boy #2 Candice Igeleke - Paper Boy #3 & Dancer
Kenneth Brown - Cab Calloway & Dancer
choreography credit for Dem Bones
Christina Myles - Billie Holiday & Vocalist
Lori A. Lindsey - Dancer Cynthia Carr - Vocalist
Ami Kounta - Dancer Lawrence Lemon - Dancer
Ramani Hunter - Stage Manager Sleby Holden - Character Coach
Shelia Sales - Project Administrator

The Band: Tony Hagood, piano, Robert Riley, drums, Lee Savory, Trumpet on Nov 3, Dave Miller, Trumpet on Nov 4, David Shelton, Bassist and Eddie Bayard, saxophone

Cameo Appearance: Thiossane West African Dance Institute & Poetess, Barbara Fant