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Conceived and Written by: William Lewis
Musical Direction and Arrangements by: Darrin Newhardt
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Friends & supporters of TRG, THANK YOU! You have broken TRG box office records by purchasing EVERY SINGLE TICKET FOR EVERY SINGLE SHOW OF “DIVAS”!! THANK YOU ALL!
This wonderful journey down the “Chitlin’ Curcuit” memory lane is full of energy, dynamic singin’ Divas, history, and great music!!!!
Here are some of the comments shared by those attending-
“WOW, this really takes me back 40 years when I went to the *Eastwood regularly”…
“This show was great! Are you going to tour it?”…
“This is a show I’d come to see every week!”…
“They don’t make music like this anymore!”…
“The energy and singing was great!”…
“All you women can blow!”
“Yall were wonderful!”…
“Can you please take this show to Dallas?!”…
“I wanted it dance all night to this great music!”
“I never knew the Chitlin Circuit existed till now- how can I get more information about it?”
Divas of Eastwood is a musical revue celebrating the Chitlin’ Circuit and the artists and music that traveled the circuit. It is a musical memory of the Eastwood Country Club, Keyhole Club and Carver Community Cultural Center, the entertainers who played on the circuit and the Circuit itself.
The Eastwood Country Club becomes the metaphor for all of this, presenting, as it did, such “Divas” of that time as Dinah Washington, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Gladys Knight, The Supremes, and current Divas Erykah Badu, and many more. By extension the Revue and the Eastwood represents the music of seven decades of African American music, the history and its influence on today’s music.
Divas of Eastwood:
Cassandra L. Small**
**The actor appears through the courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, The Union of Professional
Actors And Stage Managers in The United States
Billy Ray Sheppard-Sax
Gary ‘Gman Singleton-Guitar
Bill Lewis ~ Creator, Writer, Director
Darrin Newhardt~Musical Director & Arranger
Andrew Jeter~Asst. Director/Stage Manager
Foster Dorrough~Sound Engineer
Ella Edwards~TRG President
Lainey Starr~Production Asst
Karen McPeters ~ Production Asst