Mama, I Want to Sing: The Groundbreaking Black Musical
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Janice Hamm as Dinah Washington Steven Williams as the Minister of Music Octavia Lambertis and Noreen Crayton
Janice Hamm as Dinah Washington

Janice Hamm steps out of her choir robe to perform as Dinah Washington in the Star Sequence of Mama, I Want to Sing, circa 1985.

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Steven Williams raised the bar for everyone who played the Minister of Music after him, circa 1984.


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Mama, I Want to Sing is a cherished dream come true for co-writer, co-producer and co-director Vy Higginsen. Photo, circa 1999.


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The Debonairs perform doo-wop

The Debonairs opened the show with a doo-wop version of the "Treasure of Love," originally sung by Clyde McPhatter. (L-R) Kevin Greene, Larry Purufory, Bob Singleton, James Allen, Miles Watson.

At one point Mama, performed 10 shows a week. Several performers were selected from the choir to alternate as leads. Octavia Lambertis and Noreen Crayton were two of several women who brought their unique voices to the role of Doris Winter.

Vy Higginsen

Ken Wydro (circa 1985) served as co-writer, co-producer, and co-director of Mama, I Want to Sing along with his wife, Vy Higginsen.

Ken Wydro

Doris Troy

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