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Music at Asbury presents Julia Breanetta Simpson, “Harlem On My Mind”

Back by popular demand, Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church is honored to present singer / actress Julia Breanetta Simpson in the one woman show, “Harlem on My Mind,” a dynamic musical journey through the “Harlem Renaissance” featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes, the personalities of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, and Josephine Baker, and the music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Harold Arlen, and Irving Berlin. “Harlem On My Mind” was selected for inclusion in the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, held in New York City Sept – November.

New Rochelle resident Julia Breanetta Simpson has appeared around the country at regional, dinner and stock theatres in such productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls, One Mo’ Time, Tintypes, and When the Nightingale Sings. She has also appeared in off-Broadway theatres and other venues in New York including New World Stages, the Triad, and the Metropolitan Room. Julia earned her BFA degree in Musical Theatre at Syracuse University and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and M.A.C. Ms. Simpson performs throughout the Tri-State area in her one-woman shows “Harlem On My Mind,” “How Sweet the Sound,” “Julia and the Duke,” and her new show, “Classy and Sassy: A Cabaret Tribute to Lena Horne.” Julia Simpson is the founder and CEO of Breanetta Productions, whose mission is to honor and celebrate contributions made to society and world culture by African Americans through plays, musicals, and concerts that inspire, educate and entertain. Her recordings can be found on cdbaby.com.

”Julia Breanetta Simpson . . . led the audience in song, history and dialogue through a glorious evening. Her velvety notes sailed and floated.”
The Post Eagle

Music at Asbury was launched in November of 2014 by Lu Gmoser, founding producer of Asbury Summer Theatre, and Dr. Earl F. Groner.  As a program of Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church, Music at Asbury is designed to serve as a social service to the community, offering free performances by some of New York City and the Hudson Valley’s finest musical artists.

Concerts are held in the sanctuary at Asbury United Methodist Church, 167 Scarsdale Rd, Tuckahoe, NY; ample parking is available. Admission is free of charge but reservations are strongly recommended; please visit www.MusicAtAsbury.com or call 914-779-3722 to reserve a general admission seat.

About Music at Asbury UMC

Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church has a long history of outstanding music programs and a record of community service. Asbury Church and its music directors have presented choral and organ concerts to the public over many years and the Asbury Summer Theatre group operated for 32 years, presenting over 30 sold-out shows to thousands of delighted audience members. In the fall of 2014, we introduced a new three-concert series, Music at Asbury. As a program under the auspices of Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church, Music at Asbury has been designed to serve as a social service to the community, offering free admission to the general public for all of its concerts and reaching out to local agencies and facilities that serve the elderly, young people, Veterans, and lower income families and adults. Music at Asbury is proud to feature a wide variety of engaging, appealing, and top quality performances to entertain and educate our audiences. The series is made possible by contributions from audience members and the Asbury church community, by the local business and civic community through program advertising, and through the support of Arts Westchester’s Arts Alive grant program.