Cast and Tour Dates Announced for Ultimate Aretha Franklin Tribute, RESPECT

The Queen of Soul comes to you with a concert experience like no other! The cast has been announced for the North American debut of RESPECT, an electrifying tribute experience celebrating the legendary Aretha Franklin. After a nationwide casting search, the supreme American talent bringing this event to life was found in New York’s Trejah Bostic leading the group, backed by vocalists Meghan Dawson, Nattalyee Randall and Ashton Weeks who will also host. The national tour kicks off at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn on October 6, 2022.

RESPECT will be directed by Broadway’s Christina Sajous (Spongebob Squarepants, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, American Idiot, Baby It’s You), with musical direction by Darnell White (Revelation The Musical, Gospel at Colonus). RESPECT follows the music star’s story through a soundtrack of the hits that made her the queen of soul. More than just a concert, this is the Aretha experience like no other with all your favorite hits in one evening, including “Natural Woman”, “Think”, “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me”, “Chain of Fools”, “respect” and many more!

The all-new production is adapted from McGee Entertainment’s Australian touring hit RESPECT-The Aretha Franklin Story with Angie Narayan (Australian Idol), which continues to sell out across the country.

The North American tour will kick off its first leg with 44 shows through January 2023, including stops in 15 states. A second leg of the tour will be announced shortly through Spring 2023. To view the full list of tour legs, visit https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2186943®id= 5&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.respectontour.com%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1. Tickets will be available for purchase through local venues. For booking inquiries, contact The Booking Group via Brian Brooks at [email protected] and Rich Rundle and [email protected]

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About the artists

TREJAH BOSTIC (Lead Singer) is a singer/actress based in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent credits include Great Great Aunt Rose in “Rosie Revere Engineer and Friends” with TheatreWorks USA and Celie in “The Color Purple” at the Barn Dinner Theater in Greensboro NC. This will be his first national tour! “I’m super excited to be a part of this incredible cast and can’t wait to continue this journey and discover all the beautiful audiences we’ll come to meet.”

MEGHAN DAWSON (host 2) is thrilled to embark on her first national tour! Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she was surrounded by a rich musical culture from an early age. The love for whimsical storytelling and musical instruments drives his performance aspirations. Most recently seen in Six! The Musical as Queen of the Tudors Catherine Parr. She attended Louisiana State University as part of an opera concentration and used that technical training to perform around the world.

Nattalyee Randall (Host 1/Lead Singer understudy) currently resides in New York City but is originally from Springfield, IL. She attended Western Illinois University for Music and English Education. She is an activist, ultra marathon runner, teacher and actress. You can see her in the movie “The Ghost Who Walks” which is on Peacock TV. She recently directed and produced the documentary “The Race Against Race” which premiered at DOC NYC. Lots of love and thanks to Susan Campochiaro Confrey from CBU Management and JC William Agency.

ASHTON WEEKES (Host 3) aka ASHTNMRTN is a New York-based singer-songwriter and actor whose music swings between genres exploring soul and sensuality. Her songs delve into early experiences of love, sex and heartbreak. “Mindfreak”, his latest release on Blck Mrcy Recordings is a sensual and playful mid-tempo on enigmatic bosses looking to flex. Her past work includes appearances in the videos of Damien Escobar and father John Misty, performing with fashion label Pyer Moss and the upcoming microseries HER.

Christina Sajous (director) Broadway: Spongebob Squarepants (Sandy Cheeks), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Arachne), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Baby It’s You! (Shirley), Holler if you hear me by Tupac Shakur. Regional: A Wonderful World (Miami New Drama) Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep), The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Tectonic Theater Project), Romeo & Juliet (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Disgraced (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). TV/Film acting credits include “Spongebob Squarepants The Musical Live on Stage” as Sandy Cheeks (Nickelodeon), “Run the World” (Starz) “Kevin Can F*** Himself” (AMC) “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (NBC), “Alpha House” (Amazon), “One Life to Live” (ABC), “Broadway Idiot” (Netflix). Christina attended NYU: Tisch School of the Arts and the International Theater Wing in Amsterdam.

Darnell White (Music Director) A staple of the New York music scene, Darnell has built a solid reputation as a performer, composer and musical director. As musical director he has collaborated with artists such as Melba Moore, Brian McKnight, Blaine Krauss, Amma Ossei, Willis White, Angela Birchett, David LaMarr, Carlton Jumel Smith and many more. He recently served as musical director for the off-Broadway show Revelation The Musical as well as the film adaptation of Gospel at Colonus, Lady Day at Emerson’s Grill (Depot Theatre) and was artist-in-residence at the American Songbook Association. He is currently Music Director for several New York area churches and Choir Director for Trilogy: An Opera Company in Newark, NJ. Darnell is highly recognized as one of New York’s top vocal coaches and is always accepting new talent into his studio.

RIGHT ANGLE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) specializes in the production, marketing, management and distribution of theatrical, digital and live concert events. RAE’s proud list includes: America’s Got Talent Live!, The Price is Right LIVE!, The Masked Singer National Tour, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, The Office! An unauthorized musical parody (Off Broadway and national tour), FRIENDS! A Musical Parody (Off-Broadway and National Tour), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (National Tour and Grand Old Opry), Together Live with Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle, Sasha Velor’s Smoke & Mirrors Tour, among many others.

Maple Tree Entertainment (Producer) Led by Dean Elliott, Maple Tree Entertainment Ltd is a theatrical production company specializing in the creation, presentation and production of high quality music, drama and musicals in the UK and around the world. world. Maple Tree Entertainment’s flagship show, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and is still today the leading theatrical show about Simon & Garfunkel. The company is committed to providing very high quality work and will always have the satisfaction of the public as its main objective.

QUATRO ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) co-produces The Simon & Garfunkel Story, The Life and Music of George Michael, The British Invasion – Live On Stage and promotes national Broadway tours. With offices in Calgary, Alberta, Victoria, British Columbia and Reno, Nevada, they present hundreds of events across North America each year. Recent Broadway touring shows include Dirty Dancing, Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages and The Illusionists. For more information, visit: http://quatroentertainment.com.