Black Stars of The Great White Way - A Chapman Roberts Concept started out as a seed, a dream, an idea and manifested as a historical event at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City. The dream came to Broadway's first Black "Phantom of The Opera," "Porgy and Bess," "Scandal" TV star and TONY nominee Norm Lewis who revealed his vision about doing a concert with all of the Black Men on Broadway at Carnegie Hall to Chapman Roberts on that fateful October day in Times Square. 

"This was history in the making, and the stage was set for the National Black Theatre Festival, Carnegie Hall Anniversary production of The Black Stars of The Great White Way" - Ramona Maben - The Harlem Times

"With a compelling blend of music, dance, theatre, and poetry, an ambience was created that was deeply spiritual. The connection between members of the audience and those on stage had a warm, family reunion-like tone that permeated throughout a usually austere Carnegie hall for nearly three hours. The history making celebration, produced by Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, and David Horace Greer was brilliantly conceived and executed" - Peter Bailey - 2015 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award Honoree


Blacks of the great white way award presenters

     CICELY TYSON

     CICELY TYSON

   PHYLICIA RASHAD

   PHYLICIA RASHAD

     CHITA RIVERA

     CHITA RIVERA

       BEN VEREEN

       BEN VEREEN

       NORM LEWIS

       NORM LEWIS

 

black stars of the great white way honorees

LUTHER HENDERSON

LUTHER HENDERSON

       NOBLE SISSLE

       NOBLE SISSLE

 GEOFFREY HOLDER

 GEOFFREY HOLDER

     LOUIS  JOHNSON

     LOUIS  JOHNSON

     DONALD MCKAYLE

     DONALD MCKAYLE

 
 
     LARRY HAMLIN

     LARRY HAMLIN

 ROBERT GUILLUAME

 ROBERT GUILLUAME

   STEPHEN C. BYRD

   STEPHEN C. BYRD

   HAROLD WHEELER

   HAROLD WHEELER

 

Carnegie Hall, NYC 2014