SUGAR RAY” EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 26, 2016

March 31, 2016

 

“SUGAR RAY” EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 26, 2016
DINNER THEATER PRODUCTION IN CENTRAL HARLEM CHARMS THE CRITICS
WITH BOTH ITS PERFORMANCE AND ITS FOOD.
“Riveting”…”Bravo”…”Outstanding talent”
“a collaboration between some greats of African-American culture”
“The dining was as delicious and as delectable as the show itself”

Sugar Ray Robinson

Reginald L. Wilson    

Sugar Ray Robinson revisits his career and legacy in a play staged with dinner at New Harlem Besame Restaurant, located where the boxer’s own bar/restaurant and offices stood during the 50’s and 60’s.

A unique experience which is exciting to those who idolized him and illuminating to those who grew up after his era.

Reginald L. Wilson in performance

New Harlem Besame Restaurant presents a site-specific dinner theater presentation of “Sugar Ray,” a biographical play by Laurence Holder about the life and career of Sugar Ray Robinson, the man who was was, pound for pound, the greatest boxer of all time. The venue is a family-owned restaurant that occupies the location of Sugar Ray’s own bar/restaurant and business offices during the 50’s and 60’s.  AUDELCO winner Reginald L. Wilson plays the boxer. Director is Woodie King Jr., the much-honored Artistic Director of New Federal Theatre.

New Harlem Besane Restaurant

In his 25-year professional career, from 1940 to 1965, Sugar Ray Robinson was boxing history’s first winner of five divisional championships (in the middle weight and welterweight divisions). This “King of Harlem” was renowned for his litheness, his power and his flamboyant lifestyle outside the ring. His career peaked between 1947 and 1950, before the era of TV boxing, so his style and legacy are less preserved today that those of other boxers, including his admirer, Muhammed Ali. This play recaptures Robinson’s life and boxing legacy in a solo show that is exciting to those who idolized him and illuminating to those who grew up after his era.

 


THROUGH APRIL 26, 2016 ONLY
NEW HARLEM BESAME RESTAURANT
2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (corner 124th Street, central Harlem)
Subway: A, B, C, D to 125th St./St. Nicholas Ave. (Station is 2 blocks East.)
Sundays at 2:00, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
$49
includes show and prix fixe dinner.
(Drinks may be ordered à la carte.)
Box office: www.smarttix.com; 212-868-4444.
Additional info: 646-261-5397.
Visit the show’s website: http://harlembesame.com.
Group sales 646-261-5397.

 

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SELECTIONS FROM THE SHOW’S PRESS COVERAGE

NEW YORK TIMES (Ken Jaworowski)
“I’ve never formally met Reginald L. Wilson. But if I see him on the street, it will be tough not to give him a bro-hug. Indeed, even though he portrays a hard-hitting fighter in ‘Sugar Ray,’ this friendly actor exudes warmth, and that helps make a fairly good play quite a bit better….The play is primarily anecdotes and casual storytelling, and would be far less successful if done on a traditional stage. But the location here is a character in itself: the New Harlem Besame restaurant, the former site of Robinson’s own restaurant and business offices, on a section of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard that’s been renamed Sugar Ray Robinson Way.…Dinner after the show is included with the $49 ticket price; I’ll do double duty as restaurant critic here and recommend the tilapia with peppers.” more

WOMAN AROUND TOWN (Alix Cohen)
“Riveting….The strong, sympathetic piece is wisely framed as if in Robinson’s own words and stunningly brought to life by actor Reginald L. Wilson who works the room with grace, energy, charisma, and focus. Director Woodie King, Jr. immerses his audience by having the actor not only come among us, but periodically address attendees with hypnotic in-your-face deliberation. Pacing is pitch perfect. Gestures feel natural, emotions credible….Bravo.” more

BLACK STAR NEWS (Deardre Schuller)
“Via his outstanding talent, actor Reginald L. Wilson, brought the one-man play alive with considerable verve, wit and humor….Both Mariette and I chose to dine on salmon, salad and coconut rice. It was delicious and as delectable as the show itself.” more

NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW (Michael Niederman)
“‘Sugar Ray’ the play, not the man, is a collaboration between some greats of African-American culture.  Not only does it bring together again a partnership between such titans of the theater as Laurence Holder and Woodie King, Jr., but it ropes in the new Harlem community in the form of the owners and staff of the New Harlem Besame Restaurant – a family-owned Latin and Carribean-themed restaurant that stands on the spot of Robinson’s old bar and restaurant.” more

WABC-TV “HERE AND NOW”
“Sugar Ray” was the subject of a segment of WABC-TV’s “Here and Now” with Sandra Bookman on March 20. Coverage includes film of the show and interviews with actor Reginald L. Wilson and director Woodie King Jr. watch

 

Sugar Ray Robinson
Reginald L. Wilson

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