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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Child First USA will present the inspirational Broadway production titled, ALIVE! 55 and Kickin on July 30, 2016 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA. Originally birthed in New York, the production has spent the last three years receiving critical acclaim on Broadway, after being featured on CBS news staple 60 Minutes. Created by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, ALIVE! is a moving musical testament to overcoming adversity and living victoriously at any age. Featuring singers and performers 55 years and older, the production has been described as soulful, emotional, funny, and powerful.

Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of MAMA, I WANT TO SING, and directed by Wydro, ALIVE! is about healing and the transformative power of story and song. The cast is comprised of everyday people ages 55 and over, from all walks of life, representing everything from hard working mothers to an ordained minister. ALIVE! features a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music songs that served as a soundtrack for the last four generations. Through the music and through authentic stories and testimonies, ALIVE! offers a realistic backstory but also suggests there is no limitations on the future, proving its never too late to live a dream, the cast and their stories are the embodiment of the title; ALIVE! and Kickin’.

The Atlanta production will include four new local cast members selected from two upcoming auditions. The producers insisted on including talent from Atlanta for the upcoming premiere. Atlanta is a talented city and we know there are talented people here that will be perfect for this production. Were looking forward to meeting them at our audition dates on May 17th and May 18th, says Higginsen.

ALIVE! and Kickin is a production of Child First USA with partnerships with AARP and Clear Channel. For more information on auditions or being a corporate partner contact christal@enchantedpr.net.

Learn more about the upcoming Atlanta production of Alive & Kickin here:
About the producers:
Vy Higginsen is an award-winning author, publisher, playwright, and media personality. Vy is the first female advertising executive at Ebony magazine and went on to become a contributing editor for Essence. She created her own magazine, the African-American lifestyles publication Unique NY and served as its publisher and editor. Vy also spent a decade behind the microphone at major New York radio stations, including WBLS-FM, WWRL-AM, and WRKS-FM. On camera, she has been a contributing reporter for WNBC-TV (including the long-running “Positively Black” segment) and The Metro Channel. In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced and directed the classic gospel musical, MAMA, I WANT TO SING.

Ken Wydro is a published author, producer, playwright, and seasoned professional speaker. Ken has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and a Master’s Degree in Theater from University of California, Berkeley. His published works include Think on Your Feet and Flying Solo: The Art of Living Single. Wydro also co-wrote, produced and directed the long-running gospel theatrical, MAMA, I WANT TO SING. Wydro is also an active Broadway producer with credits including THE MOUNTAINTOP, EVITA, THE BEST MAN, AMERICAN BUFFALO, and JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE. He is also the author of two original plays: SECRETS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF SIGMUND FREUD AND CARL JUNG, and VICE VERSA.
ALIVE & KICKIN! is a celebration and exaltation of life thru song that should be celebrated by all ages and not just those over 55. ALIVE awakens your inner-self, bringing you to a realization that regardless of your struggle or challenge you are going to be alright. It calls you to celebrate that fact that you are alive!
This show will blow you away! — Jacque Reid, Tom Joyner Morning Show

Preserving the sounds of Black America, Socially, Spiritually, and Culturally. — Vy Higginsen.
For more information on Alive & Kickin or for sponsorship information, contact Christal Jordan, Enchanted Branding & Public Relations, 678-499-0297 or christal@enchantedpr.net


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