Broadway actors Linda Hart (Hairspray, Anything Goes, and Catch Me if You Can), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story and Urban Cowboy), Jenny Powers (Grease and Little Women), Angela Grovey (Leap of Faith), Grammy-nominated singer Ryan Shaw (Real Love and It Gets Better), and members of the Middle Church artists community lend their voices to Larry Hart’s Praise!: An Irreverently Reverent Gospel Experience on Sunday, June 17 at 6 pm at Middle Collegiate Church (112 Second Avenue near E. Seventh Street). Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the high-energy music of Praise! is inspired by the common themes shared in world religions.
Larry Hart is a Grammy-award winning composer and singer. Michael Jackson was executive producer on Hart’s musical Sisterella. Linda Hart won a Theatre World Award for her performance in Anything Goes. Gospel music runs through Larry and Linda Hart’s veins. As children, siblings Larry and Linda Hart toured the country with their family and sang in a weekly gospel television series, The Harts. The Harts released more than 25 gospel albums and sold more than 10 million copies. The movie The Apostle with Robert Duvall, was based on the life story of Linda and Larry Hart’s father.
Praise! is a part of Middle Church’s 6 pm Sunday worship celebrations, which feature a diversity of artists each week including modern dance, Broadway singers, visual artists or gospel music. “Middle Church consistently produces the best progressive worship in the country,” said Macky Alston, acclaimed film director (Love Free or Die, winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) and Director of Auburn Media.