Jeremi Richardson is soloist for 'Red, Hot & Blue'

Posted 2/17/18

Jeremi Richardson will be a featured soloist for the “Red, Hot & Blue” presentation beginning Thursday at the George Johnson Cultural Center on the Cleveland State Community College campus.

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Jeremi Richardson is soloist for 'Red, Hot & Blue'

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Jeremi Richardson will be a featured soloist for the “Red, Hot & Blue” presentation beginning Thursday at the George Johnson Cultural Center on the Cleveland State Community College campus.

“Red, Hot and Blue, " a musical journey of the music of America, is being presented as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the local Allied Arts Council.

The musical was first presented in 2001 in connection with a Smithsonian exhibit at the Museum Center at Five Points. Connie Gatlin, show originator and original director, is again directing the “Red, Hot and Blue.” Kyle Elrod is the musical director and keyboard accompanist.

With a cast of more than 30, the show highlights the “best” of Broadway and film of the last 50 years. Audience members will hear many of their favorites as some of the best voices in our region re-create film and stage moments from the shows that have defined the arts scene for the last five decades.

Richardson, a native of Cleveland, has been the featured voice in Disney Theme Parks as well as the Walt Disney World Vocals groups “The Voice of Liberty; Four For A Dollar.” His voice has been featured in multiple television and radio commercials, as well the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and cruise lines. He has also performed with symphonic concerts and the CCM group, Avalon.

He began his musical career in the Bradley Central High School show choir, Ranstrassy, and then at Lee University.

Richardson and his wife, Amy, have three daughters and reside in Denver, Colorado.

The show opens with a sequential rendition of songs that move us through “Our Country at War.” We then travel from the “West Coast to the East” while “Dancin’ Down the Decades.” “That Old American Spirit” and “Words of Inspiration” take us to that part of the show where “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.” There are duets, solos, ensemble pieces and company offerings. After a nod to the “British Invasion,” the icing on the finale cake brings a beautiful, heartfelt rendition of “Kiss Today Goodbye” and then “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Another special guest will be Greg Glover form WRCB-TV News. Other cast members include Jonathan Cantrell, Kevin Roberts, Tony Pharr, David Clark, Tony Mattace, Scott Chism, Fred Carder, Dustin Roberts, Scott Griffith, Lisa Geren, Nancy Casson, Jeanne Sawyer, Kathy Karnes, Phyllis Altopp, Danielle Calfee, Sabrina Calfee, Lisa Gates Cote, Tammy Bentley, Tammy Ashton, Judy Robinson, Kylie Kidd. Jennifer Hammonds is working as production assistant, and numerous volunteers are assisting.

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