Gene Kelly: The Legacy Returns; Letters From Zora to Follow at The Pasadena Playhouse


By Kareem Cervantes

Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening With Patricia Ward Kelly returns for an extended run at The Pasadena Playhouse. After a sold-out, limited engagement in early March, Patricia Ward Kelly returns to The Playhouse for three more performances of her tribute to late husband and iconic actor, dancer and director Gene Kelly.

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Top: Patricia Ward Kelly in “Gene Kelly: The Legacy.” Bottom: Vanessa Bell Calloway in “Letters From Zora.”

Following Gene Kelly: The Legacy will be Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words. Through the dramatization of personal letters, Letters From Zora explores Hurston’s controversial views on integration, segregation and social justice showcasing a life that was filled with artistic triumphs as well as abject poverty and self-doubt. Veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway plays the role of Zora in this provocative multimedia production directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks and written by novelist Gabrielle Pina. With original music composed by Ron McCurdy and archival images collected by Margie Labadie, Letters From Zora will illuminate Hurston’s prose, her life, her distinctive array of friends and foes and her unique view of a jazz-age world.

The Pasadena Playhouse presents Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly for three added performances only – Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Pearl and a Sphinx production of Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words begins May 10, 2014.  For tickets call (626) 356-7529 or go to or visit The Pasadena Playhouse box office at 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena.

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