Nina and Me: Ledisi Celebrates Nina Simone
Live at the Apollo
An Apollo Theater & Gregg Field Production
With Guest Performances by
Patrice Rushen, Crystal Monee Hall, Kimberly Nichole
and Wé McDonald
Featuring a Special Screening of the Directorial Debut of Gabourey Sidibe’s Short Film
The Tale of Four
Inspired by Nina Simone’s “Four Women” in partnership with Refinery29 and Cortés Films
WHAT: The Apollo Theater will present a special one night only concert celebrating artist, activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone with Nina and Me: Ledisi Celebrates Nina Simone Live at the Apollo. Helmed by soulful singer/songwriter and 12- time GRAMMY Award ® Nominee, Ledisi, the evening will feature Ledisi performing the timeless music of Nina Simone alongside some of her own, chart-topping hits with special guest performances by Patrice Rushen,Wé McDonald, Kimberly Nichole and Crystal Monee Hall. Eight-time GRAMMY Award ® Winner Gregg Field, (Ella 100: The Apollo celebrates Ella Fitzgerald; A Hot Time in Harlem – 70 Years at the Apollo Theater; The Kennedy Center Honors; The Grammy Hall of Fame Awards; Frank Sinatra, A Man and His Music) returns to the Apollo as concert producer.
Special Pre-Show Screening; The Tale of Four
Prior to the concert, ticket holders will receive a treat with a special screening of Gabourey Sidibe’s short film The Tale of Four, inspired by Nina Simone’s “Four Women.” Sidibe’s directorial debut is a multi-layered story that spans one day in the life of four women who are connected through their quest for love, agency and redemption.
Starring Ledisi Young, Jussie Smollett, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Aisha Hinds, Dana Gourrier, and Meagan Kimberly Smith this 20-minute film interweaves four stories of multi-faceted African American women whose lives converge one fateful day through unheralded acts of bravery. As a director, Sidibe touches on the importance of bringing black women together on screen, at a poignant time where people are demanding a dialogue on race relations in our country.
The Tale of Four is produced in partnership with Refinery29’s Shatterbox short film series which was born as a rallying cry to counteract the staggering data that proves the lack of female representation behind the camera in Hollywood.. The film’s producers are Lisa Cortés, Kia Perry and Shannon Gibson.
WHERE: The Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, March 9th, 2018
Screening - 7:30 p.m.
Concert – 8:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets for Nina and Me are available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.
With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo, 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, the annual Africa Now! Festival, and the recent New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved. The Apollo is a performing arts presenting organization that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens; global festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin’ Convention, international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects, multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.