CLASSY & SASSY: A LENA HORNE TRIBUTE!
Starring Julia Breanetta Simpson
“Classy & Sassy: A Lena Horne Tribute!” is a musical tribute to the indefatigable Lena Horne. Ms. Horne was an iconic singer, dancer, actress, and political and Civil Rights activist who began her career at age 16 in the world famous Cotton Club chorus line. Ms. Horne appeared in such musical films as Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky, and lit up the Broadway stage in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. “Classy & Sassy: A Lena Horne Tribute!” is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of our time. Ms. Simpson is joined by an “Exceptional Quartet!”
Classy & Sassy: A Lena Horne Tribute!
Dear Julia –
You are so talented! We had a fantastic time last evening at your Lena Horne tribute. I love that you structured the show with narrative about her life. You introduced us to stories about her struggles and her grit, and included songs that cohered thematically. (This Little Light of Mine was a surprising but brilliant choice. Great message.) Julia, you opened the door to our wanting to learn more about Lena. What a gift!
I was also truly impressed by your showmanship and your ability to inhabit playful, wistful, saucy, lonely – well the list goes on. Your acting and singing blend so beautifully that each song last night was a brand-new experience. Even “Stormy Weather” which I’ve heard hundreds of times – sounded so fresh in your hands, and affected me deeply. It was terrific being an audience member with you in the spotlight. You dazzle. Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful evening. I will come to any show you do! You are great energy.
I want to extend a huge “thank you” for giving us another outstanding performance in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater this past Sunday. “Classy and Sassy: A tribute to Lena Horne” was excellent in every way. From your top-notch ensemble to your fabulous voice and stage presence, the program delighted and captivated all audience members. The introductory video set the tone for the tribute to Ms. Horne, and your subsequent performance was a truly fitting, wonderful homage! I heard rave reviews from all who attended.
We so appreciate your professionalism and your extraordinary talents, as well as the support of the terrific Breanetta Productions team. We look forward to hosting your future productions!
“In my 50 plus years as a musical director, I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing singers and performers. Julia Breanetta Simpson is right up there with the best of them!” – Mario E. Sprouse