Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson in "Mama, I Want to Sing"
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Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation
Sing Harlem Sing! performance

Featuring: Tyrone Flowers, Sandra Huff, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Bettina Pennon, and the Gospel for Teens Choir. Performance at Dempsey Theater, 2011. Photo credits: Jasmin Williams.


The Classic Stage Musical
Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation

Mama, I Want to Sing illustrates the story of many great performers who learned their craft in the church choir. The Doris in Mama, I Want to Sing (fashioned after Vy’s own sister Doris Troy) stepped out the church choir, performed during Amateur Night at the Apollo, migrated to London where she performed and provided a gospel and soul underpinning for groups such as the Beatles, and eventually performed in Mama, I Want to Sing in the role of her own mother. In Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson (the daughter of Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro) performs in the role of her aunt, Doris Troy.

"Mama, I Want to Sing!" poster, New York City, 2012

   

Left: Poster for the 2012 season. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

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Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation also features selected performers from Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir. Gospel for Teens is the award-winning choir recently featured on CBS' 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and ABC's World News. Higginsen created Gospel for Teens to pass the legacy of gospel music on from generation to generation.

A New Generation Brings Joy
Elijah Ahmad Lewis as Minister of Music

Center: Elijah Ahmad Lewis as Minister of Music. Performance at Demsey Theater, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

Help Us Take Care of the FutureGospel for Teens Is the New Generation

Proceeds benefit the groundbreaking, award winning Mama Foundation program, Gospel for Teens.

MORE ABOUT GOSPEL FOR TEENS

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing

Left to right: Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

Great Theater Born in Harlem
Tyrone Flowers and Kia Thornton-Miller performing in Sing Harlem Sing!

Sha'Quila Roberts (Gospel for Teens) performs as a Halo in Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation. Carol Rosegg, 2011

Spring 2015 Performance Schedule

MAMA, I WANT TO SING:
THE NEXT GENERATION

Mama, I Want to Sing is scheduled to return in Spring 2015 in repertory with Sing! Mama 2.

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The cast of Mama, I Want to Sing in the Apollo scene. Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing
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Tyrone Flowers as Reverend Winter

Featuring Tyrone Flowers as Reverend Winter, performance at Demsey Theater, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

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Bill Coyle
Communications Director
Mama Foundation for the Arts
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Center: Sandra Huff and the Gospel for Teens Choir in Mama, I Want to Sing

Sandra Huff and the Gospel for Teens Choir in Mama, I Want to Sing. Performance at Demsey Theater, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.