Gulf Coast Symphony to pay tribute to Aretha

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Gulf Coast Symphony will present A Tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin featuring Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace” and many more.
The concert will be Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.
Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway.
She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.

Ryan Shaw

Ryan Shaw is a three-time Grammy nominated artist. He most recently appeared as Judas in the Lyric Opera House’s (Chicago) U.S. debut of the critically acclaimed London’s Regents Park production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won the Oliver for “Best Musical Revival.” He also starred as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown the Musical on Broadway. He has also starred on London’s Wes End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. As a recording artist, Ryan has toured the world and shared the stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Rait, Joss Stone, John Legend, B.B. King, Bruce Hornsby, Jill Scott to name a few.
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