Ariana Burks sings Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison's song One Night from the Black and White Ball on Windy City Live!
Watch the fabulous Ariana Burks sing Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison's song One Night from the Black and White Ball!
CHATHAM SINGER SHINES WITH 'ONE NIGHT' FROM 'THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL'
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The Black and White Ball(Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole; Music by Todd Ellison)
It’s 1966. Summer in New York City. America is a country in transition. Racial tensions are coming to a head. Black Power is a new catch-phrase in all the daily papers. The country is divided over the Vietnam War. Protests and violence are everywhere. The classes are ready to clash!And best selling In Cold Blood novelist Truman Capote announces he will host a Black and White Ball for five hundred of his closest friends at New York’s elite Plaza Hotel. In the depths of Brooklyn, Emma, a pretty orphaned teenage black girl whose mother taught her to read the society columns and to reach for the sky, longs to go to Truman’s Black and White Ball, thinking that it will really be a black and white ball, a party to bring the races together.When no invitation arrives in Emma’s mailbox, she and her next door neighbor, the smitten and artistic Mikey, decide to take the subway to Manhattan, find and stalk Truman Capote and get him to give her a deserved invite.When Truman meets the lovely, innocent and very unique Emma, he decides to make her his latest project. To groom her as Henry Higgins groomed Eliza Doolittle so that she will fit in at his Black and White Ball. He will make her the subject of his a new story. Another step into the world of the non-fiction novel that he has pioneered. But this time Truman will control and create his subject. How Truman and his Swans (fabled rich beauties who fawn over Capote) come up against Emma and her stepbrothers (Emma, who do you think you are? You’re Black!) is the story of The Black and White Ball.
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