In a special contemporary holiday event filled with Christmas music and hit songs, soft jazz and pop music stars Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr, Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley deliver a magical evening with The Colors of Christmas on Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This concert has been generously underwritten by Linda Gill.
Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts. With 20 albums to his credit, he received Grammy® Awards for “Beauty and the Beast,” a duet with Celine Dion, and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme),” which he performed with Regina Belle. Both songs also won Academy Awards® for “Best Song.”
Former lead singers of the internationally renowned 5th Dimension and later a Grammy-winning duo, McCoo and Davis have received seven Grammy Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With The 5th Dimension they recorded such classics as “Up, Up & Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Last Night (I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All)” and other chart toppers. Married for more than four decades, their hits as a duo include “You Don’t Have to be a Star (To Be In My Show),” which earned them a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group.
A winner of Fox Television’s American Idol with 24 million votes, Studdard has been nicknamed the Velvet Teddy Bear by Gladys Knight for his soothing vocal style. He has produced a string of gold and platinum albums, toured as Fats Waller in a national stage tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ and appeared on various television shows. Studdard received Grammy and American Music Award nominations and turned out now classic urban radio hits like “Sorry 2004,” “Superstar,” “Make Ya Feel Beautiful” and “Change Me” as well as scoring a no.1 gospel hit with “I Need An Angel.”
Grammy-winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time. Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar, she has produced six Top 10 pop singles; 13 no. 1 dance singles; seven Top 5 R&B Singles; two Top 20 pop albums; two Top 10 R&B albums; and a Top 5 R&B album. Having charted singles in each of the past four decades, Watley’s hits include “Looking For A New Love,” “Real Love” and “Everything.”
Capturing the magic of Christmas in one spectacular night, the concert celebrates the joy of the season with such beloved favorites as “Oh Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Tickets are $55–$75 with $135 LATAM AIRLINES CLUB LEVEL tickets and $125 VIP Tickets that include a meet and greet with the artists. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Broward Center, Parker Playhouse and affiliated venues. Buy tickets online at BrowardCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954.462.0222 or the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office. Know who you are buying from when you purchase tickets.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.