Friday, July 8, 2016

‘Wayne Brady’ coming to NE Florida at Thrasher-Horne Center

His birthday may have been on June 2nd, but he’ll be in Jacksonville, Florida in August, for one night only!  “Wayne Brady’s August show kicks off another great season for us at Thrasher-Horne Center,” said Executive Director Denton Yockey.  “Our goal is to put Thrasher-Horne Center on the map in Northeast Florida as a place to enjoy top-notch performances.”

For Wayne Brady, music and comedy seem to be at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career.  Wayne has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade.  This diversity has led to a career that goes beyond the term “triple threat.”  Brady has just completed singing and dancing in high heels while receiving rave reviews on Broadway in the role of Lola in the Tony award winning musical Kinky Boots.

Wayne began his career in Orlando working at theme parks as well as performing in several local
theatre shows.  This is where his love for improvisation was sparked as he was a member of the Orlando improv comedy theater, SAK Comedy Lab.  In 1998, his career took off with Whose Line is it Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series.  Wayne went on to host his own syndicated talk show The Wayne Brady Show for two seasons.  He was honored with two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the show also won for Outstanding Talk Show.

In 2005, Brady returned to his first love, musical theater, and starred in the Broadway production of Chicago, playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn.  He made a big splash in Las Vegas with his hit stage show Makin’ It Up.  The show was met with critical acclaim and has been heralded as “pure genius” and “hysterically funny.”  Brady has taken the show around the world playing in such countries as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.  Wayne again returned to the live theater in 2010 when he joined the all-star cast in the Neil Patrick Harris directed Rent at the historic Hollywood Bowl.

Conquering stage and television was not enough for this unique talent.  He was nominated for a
Grammy in 2008 for his Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single “A Change Is Gonna Come,” off debut album A Long Time Coming.  In addition, Wayne released a children’s album entitled Radio Wayne which took the top spot on iTunes and Amazon kids charts.  On the big screen, Brady has been featured in several films including:  Crossover, Roll Bounce, for Fox Searchlight as well as the animated film Foodfight.

Being an award winning host, it is no wonder why he has been tapped to host several high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors as well as guest hosting The Late Late Show last year.   His role on the iconic Let’s Make A Deal has been garnered with several Emmy nominations including Wayne for hosting.

Wayne Brady
DATE: Sat. Aug. 27, 2016   TIMES: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS:start at $49 – $94 and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 12+ (15% discount), or 40+ (20% discount).  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is located on the Orange Park campus.

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