Pass the word my friend, brother and long-time music collaborator, legendary Motown genius and Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder is bringing his classic “Songs in the Key of Life” to 11 cities with live historic performances, launching Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Wonder stands on a mountain of musical brilliance, including 49 Top 40 singles, 32 No. 1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million.
We give final acknowledgement and condolences to the family, friends and fans of iconic and innovative jazz-funk musician-composer Joe Sample of the legendary Jazz Crusaders, who passed at 73, as well as veteran jazz music promoter Boo Frazier. They will be missed.
“Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned,” the new play by Tyler Perry, takes place Oct. 9 through 12 for six shows at the Beacon Theatre, 2130 Broadway at 75th Street. Tickets are available via the Beacon Theatre box office and Ticketmaster or by calling 866-858-0008 or visiting beaconhotel.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visit broadway.com.
Youssou N’Dour, the king of Segalese African pop, lights up BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House as part of the “Nonesuch Records at BAM” series Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13.
Avant, with special guest Angela Johnson, performs at B.B. King Blues Club Wednesday, Sept. 17. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.
The Blue Note presents Talib Kweli live with his band, Sept. 18 and 19. The Roy Hargrove Quintet performs Sept. 20 and 21. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
The 10th anniversary of Circle of Sisters, the largest expo in New York City uniting, motivating and celebrating women of color, takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Jacob Javits Center, 34th Street and 11th Avenue. This year’s explosive two-day expo will include film screenings; relationship, health and financial panels; an RB concert and gospel concert; a fashion show; a cooking pavilion; and more! Visit wbls.com or wlib.com for more info.
Don’t forget the ever-popular “Amateur Night” with the Show Offs, Top Dog and Super Top Dog at the world famous Apollo Theater, “where stars are born and legends are made.” For a full calendar, visit apollotheater.org.
Carnegie Hall presents Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela Friday, Oct. 10 at the Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Visit carnegiehall.org.
Brilliant comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes performs Sept. 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, N.J.