AVENTURA — Mary Wilson of the Supremes stars in James Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne in two South Florida venues, giving an electric performance of the film and stage legend to a broad range of fans.
Wilson, herself a music legend as part of the Supremes, portrays Horne first at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. There will be two matinee shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 5.
Then, on Jan. 9, Wilson travels an hour down the road for an 8 p.m. show at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which is affiliated with Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The show is billed as the “living, breathing biography” of Horne and combines powerful vocals as well as visual images to create a defining portrait of the American jazz icon, whose velvet pipes made famous everlasting hits including Stormy Weather, Honeysuckle Rose, Yesterday When I Was Young and more.
Along with the evocative performance by Wilson, the multi-media concert features a narrator, a trio of jazz musicians and rare audio and video footage from Horne’s life. Thrilling arrangements, dazzling performances and material from hundreds of interviews provide a vivid portrait of the singer, actor and civil rights activist, from her Cotton Club glory days, where she began singing at age 16, to the back lots of Hollywood studios and the swanky but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas.
Tickets are $28 for the matinee performances in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall at Kravis; and $49.50 for the evening show at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. For information call The Kravis Center at 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at kravis.org. At AACC, buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, or by phone at 800-745-3000.