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2013-01-10T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
January 10, 2013 12:00 am

Time's running out to see 'The Other Cinderella'

Jackie Taylor's hit holiday production "The Other Cinderella" ends its run Sunday at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.

Fans of the rags-to-riches story won't be disappointed in Taylor's rendition of the beloved tale. There are strong vocals, catchy tunes and plenty of humor in the show.

The production has been presented by Taylor every other year since 1976. This season's show stars Ta-Tynisa Wilson as Cinderella; A'rese Emokpae as The Fairy God Mama; Dawn Bless as Stepmama; Lisa Beasley, of Gary, as stepsister Margarite; Jessica Moore as stepsister Geneva and Lawrence Williams as the Prince in addition to other cast members.

Audiences will laugh easily throughout the piece while listening to the witty and comical banter between the stepsisters and Stepmama while also delighting in the original score.

Among standout numbers are the poignant ""The Spirit Inside of Me," performed by Cinderella; the rousing "The Kingdom of Other," which opens and closes the show; and 'You Make Me Wish," performed by The Fairy Godmama. Taylor's classic seems to get better with each staging.

"The Other Cinderella" runs through Sunday at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. Tickets are $55 at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday; and $65 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. FYI: (773) 769-4451. - Eloise Marie Valadez

Beyonce, Clarkson to perform at Obama inauguration 

President Barack Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hit-makers Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor on tap to perform some of the country's most patriotic songs. From Hollywood to Music Row, celebrities have been a staple of Obama's candidacy and presidency, so it was with little surprise that some of the biggest names in entertainment are helping him celebrate his Jan. 21 swearing-in. Planners said Wednesday that Obama picked Beyonce to sing the national anthem, Clarkson to perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and Taylor to sing "America the Beautiful." Beyonce and Taylor have been devoted Obama supporters. Beyonce sang the Etta James classic "At Last" for the president and first lady's dance at the inaugural balls four years ago and hosted a $4 million fundraiser for his re-election. Taylor sang at the White House in Obama's first term and at the Democratic National Convention last summer. Clarkson, however, once said she was a fan of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for the 2012 race, although she said she voted Obama in 2008. She said on Twitter Wednesday that she is "excited & honored" to be performing at the inaugural. AP

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