Brownville Concert Series is thrilled to present Vivian Reed in “Standards & More.” This two-time Tony nominee is described as a force of nature. “With a rich voice full of astounding notes and range, she bathes us in the joy of full-throttle musicalizing.” She will perform in cabaret on Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. and in concert Sunday, September 10, at 2 p.m. Lee H. Sapp, Ilma Gottula, BDFJ of Stella, and John and Mary Lauber are helping to sponsor these concerts.
Vivian Reed is a multi award winner with two Tony nominations, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Dance Education of America Award, NAACP Award and several others. Vivian began formal voice training at the age of eight at the Pittsburgh Musical Institute, later continuing at New York’s Juilliard School of Music followed by years of extensive dance training.
She became a polished performer under the guidance of Honi Coles and Bobby Schiffman of the Apollo Theater. Vivian auditioned for the musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” the first of several popular revues based on music of the ’20s and ’30s. Although she was hired immediately, she soon discovered there was no existing part for her, so she created the role of ‘Young Irene.’ The show toured the country to rave reviews before it opened on Broadway; likewise a smash success! Her show-stopping performance included a dazzling song and dance production of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and a unique vocal rendition of “God Bless the Child” that won her critical acclaim.
After Broadway, Vivian went to Los Angeles to open another company of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and then on to Europe with the show, touring such countries as England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Italy and France. While recognizing Vivian’s own unique talents, Paris proclaimed her ‘The New Josephine Baker.’ She captured the attention of Pierre Cardin, who booked Vivian into his theater and held her over for several weeks. Through Cardin, she went to Japan for the first time and made her first European TV special. Later, she was invited by the Prince and Princess of Monaco to perform in Monte Carlo.
Besides her international success, she has also been featured in the world’s most read and influential news and fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Paris Match, People, Ebony, Jet (cover) and Time Magazine. Her personal style and taste for designer clothes have won her a place on Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed Women List and she was selected by People Magazine as one of the ‘25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.’ Vivian has starred in New York at the ‘Rainbow and Stars’ in a rhythm and blues revue and the Supper Club in a swing revue. She received critical acclaim in major productions of “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Roar of the Greasepaint,” “Smell of the Crowd,” “Blues in the Night,” “High Rollers,” “Show Boat” in which she portrayed the role of ‘Queenie’ and ‘Tintypes.’ Her recent plays include “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Crumbs from the table of Joy,” “Pork Pie” and “Cookin” At The Cookery.”
Vivian was featured in the highly anticipated “Marie Christine” at Lincoln Center. She also portrayed Lena Horne in a new piece, “More Than A Song.” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company at the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. Vivian contributed her talents to the Lena Horne Awards Show hosted by Bill Cosby honoring Rosie O’Donnell and Quincy Jones at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in New York. She appeared in “Three Mo’ Divas,” the follow-up to “Three Mo’ Tenors” at the San Diego Rep and Arena Stage in Washington, DC and, as an actress, received critical acclaim for her portrayal as Gloria Franklin in “The Second Tosca,” written by Tom Rowan.
Recently, Vivian was invited to be a part of the “Sondheim Unplugged” concert series at 54 Below in New York City where she later returned with her one woman show enjoying four successful, critically acclaimed sold out shows.
Vivian has also given back of her talent by teaching nearly three years at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she created a performance class teaching the many aspects of performing and also establishing a yearly concert event called ‘Singer’s Night.’ Presently, Vivian is on the staff of Marymount College, in New York City, as one of their ‘celebrity vocal teachers.’
Cabaret tickets are $25, concert tickets are $20 ($16 for students). To purchase tickets online go to www.brownvilleconcertseries.com or call 402-825-3331. Stay overnight at the River Inn Resort and get a 10% discount on tickets. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Lyceum before the shows by calling 402-825-1222. The Nebraska Arts Council (www.nebraskaartscouncil.org), a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.