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Aretha: A Tribute

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Thursday • June 1, 2023 • 7:30 pm
Klein Memorial Auditorium 910 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605 United States

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Capathia Jenkins stands in a city street. She is wearing a bright gold, white and blue top and she is looking powerfully off to her left.

The NHSO plays a tribute to the Queen of Soul at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, on a program featuring Broadway sensation Capathia Jenkins and and three time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” and many others.

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton, II,Principal Pops Conductor
Capathia Jenkins, guest vocalist
Ryan Shaw, guest vocalist

Capathia Jenkins is wearing a lavender lace dress and is singing at a microphone on a stage. Her right hand is partially raised into a fist. The Brooklyn-born and raised actress Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.  In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Her television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the film ‘Musical Chairs’  and can be heard on the soundtracks of Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.


Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist for his solo projects, Columbia Records’ This is Ryan Shaw,  In Between, and Dynotone’s Real Love. He has shared the world stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, John Legend, B.B. King and Jill Scott. His music has been featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Dancing with The Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lincoln Heights, and the films My Blueberry Nights, Bride Wars and Sex and the City. He starred as Judas in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Olivier Award-winning London production of Jesus Christ Superstar, as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. His Carnegie Hall appearances include Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute, A Celebration of The African American Cultural Legacy, and a Nat King Cole 100th concert.


Tickets to this performance are sold through the box office at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. Tap the link below or call (800) 424-0160 ext. 2.

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Tickets: $26, $38, $59
Student tickets: $10 at the box office (Must show valid student ID)

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