Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical


Starring Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert)

Continues to Spread DISCO HEAT Across America

Next Stop . . . Atlanta!
Following Engagements & Performances in New York City, San Francisco,
Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

One Night Only!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At The Variety Playhouse (1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307)

For Tickets and Information Visit www.FabulousSylvester.com

“A mighty good time!”- – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Joyful and tuneful…A proud celebration!” – SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

“Sheer perfection.”– PHILADELPHIA SUN

“A fabulous salute to Sylvester.” – PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

“Combines spectacular musical sets, powerful voices
and a flair for the fantastic with astounding elegance.” – EDGE Washington, D.C.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s “Queen of Disco,” Sylvester, continues to spread “DISCO HEAT” across America, and will next play a special one-night-only performance on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at The Variety Playhouse (1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307).

Produced by AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The DIVA Foundation, MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is written by and stars Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and is co-directed by Mr. Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, who also serves as the show’s costume designer.

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, he became known in the United States as the “Queen of Disco.” Born in Watts, LA, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choirs of his Pentecostal church, which he left after being persecuted for his homosexuality. His career started as an early founder of a group of black cross-dressers and trans women known as The Disquotays. After that group disbanded, he moved to San Francisco and embraced the counterculture, joining a drag troupe, The Cockettes, and he eventually produced solo shows heavily influenced by female blues and jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. Sylvester left the Cockettes to focus on his solo career, and by 1978, his acclaimed album Step II spawned the disco classics “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Dance (Disco Heat).” He released 12 albums in his career, and had several more hits, including “Do Ya Wanna Funk,” and “Can’t Stop Dancing.” An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988. In 2004, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and one year later in 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman were inspired to create the musical after seeing the “Unsung” documentary about the artist on TV One in 2010. Moved by his story – by Sylvester’s bravery to openly be who he was in an era in which that was not supported or encouraged by society – Mr. Wayne sought out his music. Hooked, he discussed Sylvester’s music and influence with Mr. Bowman and they both put their talents together with determination to bring the icon’s story to the stage.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL (formerly known as Fabulous, One More Time) began a series of concerts at le poisson rouge in New York City in 2012. These early concerts were followed by sold-out performances at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. in January 2013, and additional concerts in Miami soon followed. MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL made its Off-Broadway premiere in an acclaimed one-month limited engagement at Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 W. 46th Street) in September 2014. MIGHTY REAL returned to NYC for a sold-out one-night-only event at The Gramercy Theater in January 2015, before heading west to the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco for a limited engagement (February 11 – March 1, 2015). Next, the show played the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia (April 2015), and then performed a special performance for Black Pride at The Howard Theatre in D.C. (May 2015). The show most recently returned to NYC once again for a sold-out one-night-only event at The Gramercy Theater (July 2015).

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL was nominated for a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. Mr. Wayne was also featured as one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” for 2014. Wayne and Bowman were also recently interviewed for “Unsung,” becoming part of an updated edit of the documentary that inspired the musical, “Unsung Revisted,” which began airing on TV One in July.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is proudly co-presented by Sheryl Lee Ralph and The DIVA Foundation. Ms. Ralph’s award-winning body of work in film, television and the Broadway stage includes originating the role of Deena Jones in the landmark musical Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations) as well as the role of Muzzy van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She can currently be seen in the hit TV series “Instant Mom” on Nickelodeon and “Ray Donovan” on Showtime. A passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware) Foundation, a 501(C) 3 she created in memory of the many friends she has lost to HIV/AIDS. In the work of “Driving Infectious Viruses Away,” The DIVA Foundation focuses on raising awareness, erasing stigma and discrimination, testing, and lowering the HIV infection rate – especially as it pertains to women and young people. As an artist, Sheryl believes in the transformational power of the arts and works to develop new, effective and creative programs to combat the disease. The Foundation disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically feminine point of view. Visit www.thedivafoundation.org.


“Magical. Wayne channels Sylvester . . . bringing him back to life for a whole new audience to enjoy.
Not since Audra MacDonald transformed herself into Billie Holiday has there been
an actor and a part that are so perfectly matched.”

“The MIGHTY REAL deal for disco fans.” – NEW YORK POST

“A thrilling diva performance, gutsy and joyous.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Dazzling.” – OUT .COM (Michael Musto)

“Brighter than a mirror ball. The songs are pure joy.” – THE ADVOCATE

“Dynamite disco fun!” – HUFFINGTON POST — GAY VOICES

“The best Off-Broadway show of the year. It delivers in spades. The talent is overwhelming.”

“Inspired greatness.” – GAY CITY NEWS

“A high-energy tribute — more charismatic than anything you’re likely to find in NYC.”

“Fierce! What the biographical jukebox musical should be.” – BROADWAYWORLD .COM

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL will play a special one-night-only performance in Atlanta on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at The Variety Playhouse (1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307). Tickets ($65.00 – $75.00). Visit www.FabulousSylvester.com for tickets and information.

Performances in other cities across the country will be announced shortly.

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Live Original Cast Recording is available online on iTunes and CD Baby.

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