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August Darnell’s Six ‘Cherchez La Femme’ Nods Kick Off Award Season
Jon Pereles for the New York Times wrote:
The actors who were singing and dancing their way through “Cherchez La Femme: The Musical” in a rehearsal room on Great Jones Street were in street clothes and gymwear. The show’s co-author, songwriter and inspiration, who kept a close eye on the proceedings, was far more dapper. When asked, August Darnell proudly itemized his outfit: black-and-white wingtip shoes, dark gray three-piece pinstripe suit with pleated pants, white shirt, vintage necktie, pocket handkerchief folded just so and a classic Fedora. “Once I discovered this mode of attire, I never gave it up,” Mr. Darnell said.
By Mark Bego, on April 11th, 2016
August Darnell personified ’80s pop culture, as larger-than-life Calypso bon vivant “Kid Creole,” leader of the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The 1980s were so grand, colorful, and over-the-top they were dubbed “The Big ’80s.” Now that era is set to return in the musical Cherchez La Femme at the iconic La Mama Theater in East Greenwich Village.
For August, it’s quite a homecoming celebration on many levels, both personally and professionally.
When he first burst onto the music scene in 1976, Darnell was one-fifth of the legendary disco group, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. Their retro ’40s big band meets disco debut album took the dance scene by storm and created the huge chart hit “Cherchez La Femme.”
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The critically acclaimed play, Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse, written by August Darnell and Vivien Goldman, that ran in the Spring of 2016 at NYC’s La Mama, was nominated for 6 Audelco Awards. The VIV Awards, the annual Vivian Robinson/Audelco Recognition, are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. Audelco (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) was established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in, and support of performing arts in black communities.
The nominations are:
* OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL – FEMALE – Traci Michelle
* OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL –MALE – Isaac Gay
* OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL – MALE – CB Murray
* DIRECTOR/MUSICAL PRODUCTION – Angie Kristic (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)
* CHOREOGRAPHY – Kyndra “Binkie” Reevey (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)
* MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR – Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse
Said Darnell of the recognition: “I am so pleased to receive this news. Now I can truly add ‘playwright’ to my resume. That is something I have desired for a very long time. Good fortune put me in the right place at the right time … with the right team.” www.AUDELCO.org