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Mama Foundation for the Arts: Musicals, Concerts and Education in Harlem

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Mama on the Road

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Bettina Pennon, Tyrone Flowers, and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, featuring Gospel for Teens, at the Dempsey Theater, New York City in 2011.

Choir scene from Mama, I Want to Sing

Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation at the Dempsey Theater, New York City in 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.


Our Signature Show
Mama, I Want to Sing

This classic Black gospel musical was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Ten Best of 1984." Loosely based on the life of Doris Troy ("Just One Look"), Mama follows the growth and development of Doris Winter from her roots in her father's church in Harlem to her rise to international fame as a pop singer. Mama is available for a full theatrical production or in a concert version.

2 hours • 6 principal singers • 10-12 member choir • 3 member band • 5 crew

Selection from "Faith Can Move a Mountain"
Vocals by Kathy Murphy Jackson

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"This show isn't just hot, it's a four-alarm meltdown."
— Hollywood Reporter

"The season’s joyfullest noise!" — Time Magazine

"...an invigorating production..." — The New York Times

Celebrating Harlem, U.S.A.

Tyrone Flowers sings about love in Sing Harlem Sing! Photo credit: G. N. Miller.


Sing Harlem Sing!

Sing Harlem Sing! features Vy Higginsen, as you remember her, on WBLS, KISS-FM and WWRL.

90 minutes • 15 member ensemble/choir • 5 member band • 4 crew

Audio selection from "When a Man Loves a Woman"
Vocals by Myke Liverpool

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Singer in nightclub scene

Let Me Off In Harlem was presented in a dinner theater format, circa 2002.


Let Me Off in Harlem

This show is a re-creation of a back-in-the-day Harlem hot spot. The show is a nostalgic blend of jazz, soul, R & B and gospel.

60 minutes • 7 singers • 4 member band • 1 set • 3 crew

Audio selection from "When I Fall in Love"

DVD

Video selection from Let Me Off in Harlem promotional DVD featuring Myoshi.

An Ensemble for Small Spaces
Tyrone Flowers singing in Joyful Joyful

Tyrone Flowers (foreground) singing in Joyful Joyful performance in 2006. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.


This is an intimate show with many moods, textures and expressions. Joyful Joyful was designed for small spaces such as restaurants.

60 minutes

Audio selection from "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Vocals by Kathleen Murphy Jackson and the
New York Harlem Gospel Singers

The Mama Story Continues
Bettina Pennon as Mama Winter and Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson as Doris Winter

Bettina Pennon as Mama Winter and Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson as Doris Winter in Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.


Sing! Mama 2

Sing! Mama 2 is the sequel to Mama, I Want to Sing. This show follows the courtship, marriage and birth of the first child of superstar Doris Winter and her husband.

2 hours • 6 singers • 10-12 member choir
3 member band • 5 crew

Audio selection from "When We All Get to Heaven"

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Born to Sing: Mama 3

The last of the Mama trilogy, Born to Sing reveals the funny and stirring behind-the-scenes activities of Doris Winter's international tour with her sensitive, vulnerable 15-year-old daughter and a group of talented teenagers. Acclaimed by The New York Times, New York Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, Born to Sing dramatizes how family and spiritual values can help heal tensions and conflicts.

2 hours • 6 principals • 10-12 member choir
3 member band • 5 crew

Gospel Lives

New Harlem Gospel Singers featured in Gospel Is...! Photo credit: G.N. Miller


Gospel Is…!

A rousing blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music, this show is perfect for large theaters, auditoriums or houses of worship. Gospel Is…! is a high-energy, get-on-your-feet, and join-in-on-the-good-time experience.

90 minutes • 12 singers • 3 member band
3 crew

Audio selection from "Center Peace" Vocals by Dejahnee Richardson and The New York Reach Ensemble

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DVD

Video selection from Gospel Is…! promotional DVD featuring The New York Harlem Gospel Singers.

Let the Music Play Gospel

This show is a story in concert with a message that says music can heal, inspire and bring people together in difficult and trying times. It features world-class soloists, duets, trios, and a wonderful male quartet.

2 hours • 12 singers as ensemble and step-out featured soloists • 3 crew

Audio selection from "I've Got a Feeling" • Vocals by Walker Freeland

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

This hand-clapping, toe-tapping gospel revue presents gospel favorites that can be enjoyed by the entire family from grandma to the baby sister.

60 minutes • 6 singers • 2 member band
2 crew

This Is My Song

This is a day in the life of an authentic gospel church on its 100th anniversary. The day-long ceremony takes place with inspiring guests who sing their powerful testimonies.

60 minutes • 12-18 singers • 4 member band • 4 crew

Audio selection: Vy Higginsen narrating and presenting selections from our promotional DVD for "This Is My Song"

DVD

Video selection from "This Is My Song" promotional DVD featuring Richard Hartley.