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09/13/2013

BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER PRESENTS "ITíS ALRIGHT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME" THE STORY OF CURTIS MAYFIELD

BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER PRESENTS

IT’S ALRIGHT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME THE STORY OF CURTIS MAYFIELD 

Where: AT THE BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER 
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY JACKIE TAYLOR 
CO-DIRECTED BY JACKIE TAYLOR AND DARYL D. BROOKS 
FEATURING THE IMPRESSIONS’ REGINALD TORIAN AS OLDER CURTIS MAYFIELD AND CECIL JONES AS YOUNGER CURTIS 

September 14 2013 - March 16, 2014 
 
CHICAGO, IL – Black Ensemble Theater announces It’s Alright To Have A Good Time: The Story 
of Curtis Mayfield produced and written by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor 
with Co-Direction by Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks. The Story of Curtis Mayfield will be 
presented at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago as an 
open run with previews beginning September 14, 2013. 
 
Black Ensemble’s tribute to Chicago’s own music legend Curtis Mayfield is the story of a musical giant 
who is equally celebrated as a singer, song writer and record producer. From the anthemic music of The 
Impressions like “We’re A Winner,” “I’m So Proud,” “Choice of Colors” to movie hits like “Super Fly,” The 
Curtis Mayfield Story will bring to vibrant life the rare musical genius that was Curtis Mayfield. Mayfield’s 
timeless music is known and celebrated all over the world, and he is the winner of the Grammy Legend 
Award (1994), the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1995) and a double inductee into both The 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1991, 1999) and the Grammy Hall of Fame. 
 
Jackie Taylor comments, “Curtis Mayfield’s music and influence is legendary, not just in Chicago, where 
he was raised in the Cabrini-Green area and where he started his career—but nationally and 
internationally. From his hits with Jerry Butler and The Impressions to his Civil Rights Anthems to his 
award winning musical film scores, his music speaks to this country’s cultural history, as much as it 
entertains. We are thrilled to have the Black Ensemble musicians and a stellar Black Ensemble cast led 
by Reginald Torian of The Impressions and Cecil Jones bring this important story to life.” 
 
The cast features Reginald Torian as Curtis Mayfield, who replaced Curtis Mayfield in The 
Impressions in 1972 and remains in the group today. The cast also includes Cecil Jones (Younger 
Curtis), David Simmons (Older Jerry Butler), Brandon Holmes (Younger Jerry Butler), Brian Nelson 
(Fred Cash of The Impressions) and Donald Manuel (Sam Gooden of The Impressions). Cast members 
playing various roles include: Casey Hayes, Rueben Echoles, Jos N. Banks, Mark Hood, Alanna 
Taylor, Katrina Richardson, Ereatha McCullough and Christina Harpe

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