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Once Upon A Time In Harlem
BILLY RHYTHM is the quintessential American: he never gives up despite all the obstacles thrown his way. He thinks he's the best dancer in Harlem and when he meets THaRBIS JeFFeRSON, a "copper colored gal" from the latest Cotton Club revue, he decides to partner with her to win the club's dance contest to prove it. Unfortunately, his former gang, the Jolly Fellows, famous for being the toughest-- and best dancers-- in Harlem, have entered their own champions, SHORTY SNOWDeN and BIG Bea. By the time the climatic dance contest begins, the black street gangs and the white gangsters have been very busy killing their own and this murderous anger finds its way onto the dance floor. Razor blades are unleashed on Billy and Tharbis as they brush the encroaching crowd on the dance floor and by the time they win the contest through some amazing mind blowing steps, their clothes are shredded and covered in blood. Billy's last words to the bad guys-- both black and white-- are the kind that get an audience up on their feet to cheer their heroes on as they grab each other for support and stumble into the black Harlem night.
Optimally, the play needs "numerous" dancers And musicians. Also, A shorter "radio" play version is Available which is perfect for readings And the classroom. It can be found on Amazon.com.
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Male: 17 Female: 5 Other: Numerous
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