Houston Forward Times

Kathy Taylor Kathy Taylor
12 February 2014 Written by  Forward Times Staff

“Crowns” Cast Features Top Houston Talent

A star studded cast of Houston’s top entertainers, soloists and performers has been chosen for the production of the national stage play "Crowns" that is coming to Texas Southern University’s Sawyer Auditorium February 28 and March 1.

Kathy Taylor, an accomplished national recording artist, minister of music at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, songwriter, producer, and community activist has been cast as Mabel, the lead role in the national gospel stage play "Crowns."

Coming to Texas Southern University February 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2:30 p.m., "Crowns" is set against a tapestry of music and dance and tells the story of a young African-American girl named Yolanda, played by Crystal Rae, who is stricken by tragedy. She relocates to the rural South to live with her church-going grandmother and is engulfed in stories about the magnificent women and how their distinctive hats illustrate their individual experiences. Through her relationship with these "hat queens," Yolanda experiences healing and finds self-realization.

"Crowns" is sure to entertain. Taylor’s musical gifts have brought her before both national and world leaders. She has ministered before Queen Elizabeth II, former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, and many others. Taylor has received resounding critical acclaim for her outstanding, soul stirring, and inspirational performances.

Additional cast members include Andrea Baty as Mother Shaw. Baty has been featured as guest soloist at churches and other functions throughout the United States. She has sung background for gospel greats, such as Yolanda Adams, Beverly Crawford, Lacrecia Campbell, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and V. Michael McKay. In 2011, she recorded the hit single, "He Will Make A Way" with John Waldon and Company; Tanya Galamison as Jeanette. Galamison has been a member of the cast for Houston’s infamous "Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown and More Revue" production; and CeCe Gordon and Felicia Johnson will be in the ensemble. Gordon, a triple threat in singing, acting and dance, has been performing since the age of six in local plays, musicals and school programs. Also Keith Eason will serve as musical director for the play while Keith Bolden plays the main male character.

Tickets are on sale now: $50 VIP seating with parking included, $35 general admission and $20 student tickets. There is a special 10 percent discount on ticket purchases now through February 5.

Tickets are available for purchase at TSU Hannah Hall suite 210; TSU Book Store; Aunt Bea’s, 5422 North Frwy. (713) 692-2432; McQueen’s Custom Shoes and Tailors, 4402 Almeda; or online at tsu.thankyou4caring.org/crowns. For more information, contact Eva Pickens at 713-313-4205 or Marcele Brooks at 713-313-7970.