As Stumptown Stages reopens at the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Winningstad Theatre, all hands are on deck to bring the magic of musical theatre back again.
“Bojangles of Harlem” tells the true-life story of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a pioneer of tap dance and civil rights. The musical score mixes new showstoppers with classic standards such as “Stormy Weather.” Jarran Muse is featured as Bojangles.
Jarran Muse is a Portland Drammy Award winner who was seen starring as Marvin Gaye in Motown the Musical on Broadway and in Pride & Joy, The Marvin Gaye Musical. Other BROADWAY/NYC credits include: Ain’t Too Proud, White Christmas, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater. National/International Tours: American Idiot, 42nd Street, and Hairspray.
Directed by Christopher George Patterson (Broadway’s Dance Assistant on “Disney’s The Lion King”) the show features a cast of 10 amazing singer/tap-dancers: Jarran Muse (Bojangles); Jermarcus Riggins (Young Bo), Jason Bush (Honi), Raphael Likes (Simms), Jared Lingle (Buster), Gabriel Lawson (Bubba), Shelese Lawson (Chink), Voni Kengla (Curley), Stacey Haughton (Sammy), and Victoria Holt (Cookie).
The show runs October 8 through 30 at Stumptown Stages, Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway with performances Thursday through Sunday.