“SUGAR RAY” EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 26, 2016
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.
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.
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.
SELECTIONS FROM THE SHOW’S PRESS COVERAGE
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WOMAN AROUND TOWN (Alix Cohen)
BLACK STAR NEWS (Deardre Schuller)
NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW (Michael Niederman)
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