RTP Hosts the Musical World Premiere Tribute to the Queen of Disco
Richmond Triangle Players (RTP) is hosting the premiere of “Dance Disco Heat: A Tribute to the Fabulous Sylvester,” from July 11-21, where guests are invited to dress up in their favorite disco attire creating a time of joy and sensation of carefree love.
“Dance Disco Heat: A Tribute to the Fabulous Sylvester” is a brand new musical written by Phillip Ramirez and Amy Jo Martin. The musical is based on the life and career of disco music star “The Fabulous Sylvester,” who is also known as “The Queen of Disco.” “Dance Disco Heat: A Tribute to the Fabulous Sylvester” is more of a dream, than musical, from the explosive sound and lights to the complex and deeply moving characters.
Phillip Ramirez, professional recording artist and actor, who was last seen in the Riverside Theatre production of “Dreamgirls” plays the ultimate storyteller. His loveable, charismatic character, Octavius, symbolizes Sylvester. Throughout the show, Octavious exposes his life story through live musical numbers, monologues, and interaction with his “Mega Girls.” These three back up Divas are played by Katrinah Lewis (“Dessa Rose” at Firehouse Theatre Project), Jasmine (“Dreamgirls” at Riverside Theatre), and Chloe Williams (“bare: a pop opera” at RTP).
Fabulous Sylvester and the Two Tons of Fun is well imitated by Octavius and the Mega Girls with a slightly new spin on stage. Sylvester’s greatest hits, such as “Dance Disco Heat,” “Do You Wanna Funk?” and “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” is reinvented by the group and dancers, such as dancers Adam, played by Andrew Etheredge (“The Holiday Stops” at RTP), and Steve, played by Julius Smith, choreographed by Emily Poff. The show will remember not only the good aspects of Sylvester’s life, but also the hardships, success, true love, and his important work in the music industry and AIDS awareness movement.
“The Richmond community is in for a surprise,” said Ramirez. “This is going to be a unique experience and something that has not been performed before in Richmond. I’ve never seen anything like it. The audience is guaranteed to experience an emotional journey and become personally invested in the characters and their stories.”
Martin recently co-directed, “Mary’s Wedding,” featuring Denise Gillman, which was released at the Orlando Fringe Festival in Orlando, Fl. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
For the theater review, read here.
“Dance Disco Heat: A Tribute to the Fabulous Sylvester” will continue to play this upcoming Thursday through Saturday beginning at 8 p.m., while on Sunday a matinee will begin at 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-25. To order tickets, please visit www.rtriangle.org
Rachel Williams is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a calling to be a voice to the voiceless; and passion is to bring gender equality and ethnic justice to the forefront of RVA.
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