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STRAYS - A Musical Journey
Billy Strayhorn Strays A Musical Journey
original book by Kyle Rudy
Project status highlights:
music by Billy Strayhorn
Formal NY Table Reading
Cast includes:
Vanessa Williams
Darius de Haas
Alton Fitzgerald White
Mary Testa
Shawn Elliot
Debra Walton
& 3/13/09
Informal NY Table Readings
Additional cast includes:
Capathia Jenkins
Aisha de Haas
Eric Jordan Young
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STRAYS – A Musical Journey tells the story of Billy Strayhorn’s immense impact on music, performers and the civil rights movement, all from the shadows, where he enjoyed quite a fun-filled lush life that eventually lead to his untimely death and unattributed legacy.
The project includes Billy’s well known songs (Take The ‘A’ Train, Lush Life, Satin Doll, etc.) along with lesser known gems (Pretty Girl, Daydream, Something To Live For, I’m Checking Out - Goombye, etc.).
Significant characters and relationships in Billy’s life are included as historically accurate highlights of the many accomplishments of this unsung hero:
Soul mate:
Civil Rights:
Malcolm X, Marian Logan
Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra
Al Hibbler, The Copasetics
Lena Horne
Duke Ellington
M. L. King, Medgar Evers,
Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney,