Boston Arts Academy Production Features CFS Alum, Honors Congresswoman Pressley
CFS graduate of the class of 2015 Danny Rivera shined alongside his Boston Arts Academy classmates in their production of Memphis: The Musical earlier this year. The performance was staged at the Strand Theater in Dorchester and was followed by a talkback on racial justice language facilitated by Boston Arts Academy Foundation board member and celebrated actor Malik Yoba.
As written by the Dorchester Reporter, “The Friday night premiere was preceded by a VIP reception featuring Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who received the BAA Champion Award.” Rivera was able to snap a picture with the Congresswoman in a shirt perfect for the occasion (see lead photo).
Memphis: The Musical centers on the life of disc jockey Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It has won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. As the Jamaica Plain Gazette describes, “Memphis: The Musical is the story of a young optimist who believes that music can transcend race and societal barriers in the midst of segregation in the Deep South.”
Congratulations to Danny, leads Danielle Barnes and Jonah Barricklo, and all BAA students and community members involved with this spectacular performance!