Boston She Party to present FOLLIES FOR BOSTON’s first jazz-infused theatrical show at Big Night Live
The must-see original production, Follies for Boston, a theatrical cabaret event, will premiere Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Big Night Live in Boston.
Presented by Boston She Party Productions, Follies for Boston combines the sweet, alluring nature of jazz with a light theatrical review, serving as a tribute to liberation and to Boston itself. Tickets for this unforgettable performance are on sale now on Ticketmaster.
Follies For Boston is the creation of Canton, MA resident Melanie Cox, an accomplished dancer, educator and choreographer with over two decades of experience producing unique works. Under the stylistic and thematic supervision of Cox, Follies for Boston features breathtaking choreography performed by uninhibited professional dancers and the musical styles of The Midnight Riders, a world-class jazz group who perform during the 60-minute jazz-infused performance. . Together, they create a rebellious, daring, liberating and delicious spectacle.
“I created Follies For Boston as a way to celebrate the way jazz sounds and feels, brought to life through gorgeous dancers and thoughtful choreography,” said Cox. “I have had the desire to create a jazz journal on jazz for years. Follies for Boston is my truth, how I feel. I’m incredibly excited to see it come to life for the first time on Big Night Live.”
Follies for Boston is performed by a troupe of dancers from across New England, including:
- Jessica Beal, a recent Dean College graduate who works professionally as a choreographer and dance teacher
- Stefany Cobb, dancer trained in classical and street dance styles who has been dancing since the age of 3, Stefany is also a member of the Company with Dance Prism, Season 6 & 7 of The Expressive Movement and The New England House of Mulan
- Caroline Zanni, a native of Johnston, RI and a graduate of Rhode Island College where she has worked with a multitude of accomplished choreographers including Alexandra Beller, Bob Boross, Adrienne Hawkins, David Parker and Angelica Vessella, among others.
- Lorae Wegner, dancer on international tour and member of The Expressive Movement Dance Company Season 6, 7 and 8, choreographer and dance teacher. With a background in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, horton and lyrical, Lorae grew up in a competitive dance environment and studied dance and the arts and entertainment at Dean College.
- Madison Rea, a native of Warwick, Rhode Island and a graduate of Rhode Island College, has been performing since the age of 3. She is currently a dancer with the Konnectivity Dance Company under the direction of Artistic Director Katie Caramiciu, and teaches Music Theater for Young Dancers in her home studio, Warwick Dance and Gymnastics Academy.
- Kat Odlum, originally from Boston, MA who has been dancing since the age of two. Trained in classical ballet. Kat switched to musical theater and commercial dance at the age of eighteen and has never looked back.
- Makeda Wallace, originally from Boston, began her training in liturgical and West African dance before training in hip hop. She began dancing professionally at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center at the age of 16 and soon joined the senior company NIA Dance Troupe. Wallace was also chosen to train at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in New York City. Makeda is currently Artist Teacher at Berklee and Senior Instructor / Program Director for SocaFusion’s Kids Fete Classes.
- Lesley Fargnoli, featured soloist with Emmy Award-winning RWS Entertainment Group Step One Dance Company, Lesley has performed as a guest artist for numerous ballet companies including the Festival Ballet of Providence, Providence Ballet Theater and the Island Moving Company. She is a member of the Konnectivity Dance Company in Rhode Island. When not performing, Lesley trains and choreographs for young New England dancers.
- Brooklyn Toli, a recent graduate of Rhode Island College and a member of the Boston Tap Company, is currently working as a dancer with “DrumatiX” under the direction of Noa Barankin and as a dance teacher in various studios in New England.
The dancers are joined by The Midnight Riders, a world-class Boston-based jazz band. The musical director of the production is Avery Logan, drummer, songwriter and educator from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A former student of the New England Conservatory of Music and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Avery has performed at venues ranging from Boston’s intimate jazz hotspots like Wally’s, The Lilypad and Outpost 186 at the Huntington Theater, OBERON American Repertory Theater, Boston Convention and Exhibit Center and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He shared the stage with artists like Samora Pinderhughes, Elena Pinderhughes, Dayna Stephens, Jason Palmer and Godwin Louis.
Tickets for Follies For Boston at Big Night Live (110 Causeway St. Boston, MA) on Thursday, August 12, 2021 are on sale now, priced at $ 25 to $ 50, through Ticketmaster. The show is 18+.
Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Follies For Boston will also be performing on the Artists for Humanity Stage (at 100 W 2nd St. Boston, MA) August 26-29. Tickets for these dates are also on sale at thebostonsheparty.com. Proceeds from the show will benefit Dove, a one-stop-shop offering full direct services and support to victims of dating and domestic violence.