I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing her in Broadway’s Sophisticated Ladies in 1987, so I wasn’t introduced to the talents of gina Breedlove until 1996 in her astoundingly evil turn as a South African jailer in Sheila’s Day at the recently opened New Victory Theater. As an actor, she clearly has chops. The character she portrayed and her personal character are diametrically opposed. Her surname perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy, gina is all peace and love.
I bore witness to more of her performance magic when she originated the role of the regal Lioness, Sarabi, in Julie Taymor’s brilliantly executed The Lion King on Broadway.
The Lion Queen. Photo from “The Lion King” official website.
Years, world tours and a super-cool, self-possessed young daughter later, gina is focusing on her own music: writing, recording and performing. Her gift from God, her pure, clarion voice; her gift to us, her song. folksoul, her signature sound is “music that lifts & inspires, with moments of grown & sexy…”
She invites us to join her this month for folksoul Thursdays at Pillow Cafe Lounge: “come bring some of your spirit & leave with some of mine.” The no-cover evenings on November 5th, 12th and 19th begin at 7:30pm including special guests Karma Mayet Johnson, Ganessa James and Shelly Nicole.
Pillow Cafe Lounge
505 Myrtle Avenue
(btwn Ryerson & Grand)
718 246 2711