Anthony Wayne is very excited and grateful to bring the story of Sylvester's life to the stage. His Broadway credits include the TONY Award Winning Casts of "PIPPIN" (Manson Trio), "Anything Goes" and "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (Jimmy). A Norfolk, Virginia native, he has also toured the world with "A Chorus Line" (Richie), "The Color Purple" & "FAME - The Musical" (Tyrone). "Creating this show with my partner, Kendrell, has been one the most exciting, thrilling, scary and joyous times in my life. I am so blessed to be a vessel for you all to experience what God has given us to share. I dedicate this to my mother, Elaine Gary Green (#EGG), my father, Larry, and my brother, Eugene. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, have Faith and never settle. I am truly "Experiencing God's Grace". www.awayne.com
Creativity is a language Kendrell speaks fluently. Born in Charleston, S.C., he graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC. This is Kendrell’s Directorial Debut and the first show that he’s produced. He’s been nominated for an Audelco Award, recognized by the Off-Broadway Alliance and named one of the Top 100 Influential LGBT people of 2015. With a fashion background of managing Luxury Fashion Houses [Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga], he decided to open the doors to his own styling company, I AM KENDRELL
, in 2010. He has worked with many artists in his career such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Dawn Richard, K.Michelle, Lauriana Mae, Ashanti, and David Banner. Kendrell’s work has been featured in GQ, Essence, VIBE, and many national publications. Kendrell stated, “I've done a lot of research on each costume for the show. To ensure the looks were authentic to Sylvester, I recreated each look from an iconic period in his life to make the audience reminisce on their moments at the disco or watching Sylvester in the 1970’s. There were countless days, nights, sacrifices and arguments we had, but it all helped make this become the best show for Sylvester's Legacy and Fans! This is Dedicated to my Granny! The one who always told me, ‘you can have anything you want in this world if you work hard for it’. Thank you to my Moma for always supporting me."
The driven entrepreneur will debut His highly anticipated book How To Produce A Show From Your Couch
in 2016. www.iamkendrell.com
SHERYL LEE RALPH
Sheryl Lee Ralph is a multifaceted jewel of a woman who sparkles in every area of her life. An acclaimed show business “pro”, her award winning body of work in film, television and the Broadway stage includes originating and creating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress., as well as the role of Muzzy van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Currently, Sheryl Lee stars in the hit Nickelodeon series Instant Mom and can also be seen on the SHOWTIME series, Ray Donovan, as Claudette. A passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware) Foundation
501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. She also created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that after 24 years is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country.
Izora / Choreographer
Anastacia McCleskeyis excited to come back to BRAVA. A writer & mixed media/abstract artist from Nashville, TN. Recently Starred on the West End (London) in "Close to You", Bacharach Re-Imagined, Bway- VIOLET, THE BOOK OF MORMON, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, HAIR, TARZAN, & 1st National tour of HAIRSPRAY. Off-B’way- MIGHTY REALTV: “Public Morals,” 2015.
JACQUELINE B. ARNOLD
is proud to be a part of such a poignant and important project that has the potential to change people for the better. This has always been my goal in life. And I've been doing just that for a while now." Credits include, A Bette Midler (Harlette). Broadway: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT(DIVA). National Tours, 1st National Tour WE WILL ROCK YOU (Killer Queen). 1st National tour HAIRSPRAY (Lorraine, M.M. understudy), 2nd National tour RENT (Joanne Jefferson), Most recently, DINER the Musical (lead singer, stripper), and SHREK THE MUSICAL(Dragon). You may also recognize her voice on the track “Pray and Slay” from the season 7 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I dedicate this and every performance to the woman that gave me my freedom to always be myself, My Lola. I’ll miss for the rest of my life. Now, if you're shoes hurt, kick 'em off, but let's dance and live for at least tonight!
DeAnne Stewart is excited to be back among this amazing company of artists. She originally made her Off-Broadway debut with MIGHTY REALin 2014. That same year she took home Best Actress in a Musical (WARP SPEED: A SCI FI PARODY MUSICALl!) at the Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival Awards. The majority of her 2015 was spent traveling throughout Europe as a part of the Original Company of Spectra's Cabaret (Royal Caribbean Int'l). Since coming back to NYC in the fall, DeAnne returned to perform at 54 Below, shot her first commercial, and wrote her first published song with creative partner, Tucker Murray. Ithaca Mafia '13. JLS. 1 Peter 4:10.
Rahmel McDade is a singer/songwriter originally from Orlando FL. He moved to NYC to fully pursue those dreams. He currently sings backup for Lauriana Mae (Atlantic Records) and Kyle James (Hittin Hard Records/Universal) And Felicia Temple (Independent) just to name a few. He was also involved in writing a #1 song in Japan “Exile Pride” and it won a JRA (Japanese Record Award). He is excited to be a part of such a great production..
AnthonyKen, LLC. is an Event Production company created by Anthony Wayne & Kendrell Bowman which specializes in bringing community issues and social awareness to the forefront through Performing Arts and Media. This company was created to inspire and encourage others to be multifaceted individuals through adversity. “MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL” is the initial project for Bowman & Wayne.