Legendary duo and original members of The 5e Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. present their exciting new show “Up, Up and Away” at The Ridgefield Playhouse to Thursday September 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., as a member of Pepsi Rock series driven by a North American car.
Music icons will perform fan favorite songs from their 50-year career, including “Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In”, “Up, Up And Away”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star “among many others. others – with songs from their first studio album in 30 years Blackbird: Icons by Lennon McCartney. Earlier this year, the couple were catapulted back in time as they featured prominently in Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” documentary.
The film details the history of the vibrant Harlem Culture Festival, a star-studded concert series in the summer of 1969. Viewers were able to see two of The 5th Dimension’s founding members, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, view the footage previously intact for the first time. Enjoy an evening with dinner and show – visit TerraSole Ristorante (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield) for pre-show dinner and get a free glass of house wine with your entry when you present your tickets! The media sponsor of the event is Fox Oldies 98.9fm.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. have made history and enjoyed tremendous success over the years as artists, performers, and writers. As the original stars and lead vocalists of the legendary band The 5th Dimension, they released the champagne and pop soul classics “Up, Up and Away”, “Aquarius / Let the SunShine In”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, One Less Bell to Answer ”and“ Stoned Soul Picnic ”, to name a few. After leaving The 5th Dimension, Marilyn and Billy recorded “You Don’t Have to be a Star (to Be in My Show)”, a number 1 record, which earned them their 7th Grammy Award and a variety show at network television on CBS. “The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show” made television history as the couple were the first African-American married couple to have their own variety show.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. recently released their first studio album in three decades, “Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons”. On the day of its release, the album reached No. 1 on the Current Albums Chart, receiving rave reviews from critics and icons of pop culture and music. They incorporated themes of social justice and equality into the project: “Blackbird,” Billy explained in an interview with Billboard.com, “is a song about oppressed people and their struggles. It became the catalyst for us to make the album as we started looking for other Lennon-McCartney songs that fit our movement to help people and bring some healing. The couple can currently be seen in “Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”, a documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. of this year, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize. and break festival records.
For more information or to purchase a home contactless printing ticket ($ 62), go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.