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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
June 1, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Kicks of Season Finale and Houston Premiere

Trav’lin: The 1930’s Harlem Musical”

HOUSTON (June 1, 2015) –- The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its 2014-2015 season finale and Houston premiere, Trav’lin: The 1930’s Harlem Musical featuring music by Harlem Renaissance composer J.C. Johnson with Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:30PM.

Trav’lin: The 1930’s Harlem Musical book was written by Gary Holmes, who met J.C. Johnson through his father at the age of 10, and co-author Allan Shapiro. The show will be directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris with musical direction by Carlton Leake.

Trav’lin comes from the songs and stories, and heart of J.C. Johnson,” says Holmes. “I searched through his over 500 songs for ones that could be used in a full book musical; J.C. was quite adamant in his preference for book musicals over revues!”

A humorous, heart-warming story of three couples playing the game of love in 1930's Harlem. The action centers on George, a retired Pullman porter and church deacon, and the intriguing stranger he meets who is not the person she seems to be. The jazz-inflected score celebrates the music of Harlem Renaissance composer J. C. Johnson (1896-1981), and is reminiscent of many well-known, bluesy Broadway shows.

Trav'lincaptures the music and energy of Harlem through the vision of this renowned composer. Johnson’s music has been performed and recorded by numerous stars including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; and has been heard on Broadway in Ain't Misbehavin' and Me and Bessie.

Featured cast members include: Anthony Boggess Glover, Brandon Delagraentiss, Regina Hearne, Andre’ Neal, An’Gelle Sylvester, and Aisha Ussery.

Trav’lin: The 1930’s Harlem Musical
PG/ Musical/ Houston Premiere

June 20, 21, & 24      Show Runs: June 25 – July 26, 2015

Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m;
Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets Available Online:    
For Information and Group Rates Call: 713-520-0055

Ticket Prices: $28 - $55

Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2014-2015 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Trav’lin: The 1930’s Harlem Musical is generously underwritten by The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and Norton Rose Fulbright.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-eight years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions.

The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.