The Apollo Theater's "Executioner", CP Lacey, a veteran performer and multi-dimensional entertainer, comes to the Camden Waterfront for an early evening of fun in a LIVE recording of "The CP Lacey Show", filled with comedic celebrity impersonations, musical performances and parodies, August 25, 2013, starting at 4:00 p.m. Saturday Night Live meets The Chappelle Show in this comedic musical concert, as CP Lacey is accompanied by the "5.0" Band, and other guest artists from The Apollo Theater to perform at the IDEA Performing Arts Center, in the Susquehanna Bank Building. "We'll be supporting high school and college students pursuing careers in the performing arts and multimedia. This one is not about making money... it's about making a difference," shares Lacey.
What Gives Him the Right?
Unlike many of today's newer reality TV talent shows, where judging of contestants is via a telephone call from viewers or using some high-tech device available to the studio audience, waiting in the wings when every performer hits the stage at The World Famous Apollo Theater's Amateur Night Show is one of the theater's legendary icons, "The Executioner". The formal Ambassador for performance excellence appears on stage when summoned by an unsatisfied, booing audience. A siren alarms, The Executioner shuffles on stage as some zany character in costume, he tap dances and tantalizes the shamed contestant, and before you know it, he exits the stage, only to wait for his next victim. Really? What gives him the right?
Coming from behind the many costumes and masks of The Executioner is, in fact, a veteran performer, multi-dimensional entertainer and live stage performance coach. CP Lacey, is the true personality behind the Executioner character and has been filling this role since he first came on the scene as a young, up and coming performer, who is now also deemed the official Master Celebrity Impersonator for The Apollo Theater.
Featured by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, actor, comedian, song and dance man, CP Lacey, has and continues to perform his unique, one-man show "The CP Lacey Show", before audiences throughout the United States and abroad. And, now, he brings his experience and talent to the Camden Waterfront (just five minutes from Philadelphia) for a live taping of his show at the IDEA Performing Arts Center in the Susquehanna Bank Center, supporting high school and college students pursuing careers in performing arts and multimedia. When asked, "Why Camden?", Lacey responds, "There's so much negative press about Camden. Why not do something to highlight some of the positive things that are happening in Camden, especially when it means keeping young people off the streets? This one is not about making money. It's about making a difference," shares Lacey. Under the leadership of Founder and President, Cynthia Primas, The IDEA Performing Arts Center just completed its charge this past June to train 50 youth from Camden and educate them for the 21st century job market by operating a training program teaching students a variety of multimedia skills that are relevant in today's economy.
For now, on Sunday, August 25, 2013, CP Lacey anticipates helping to create more visibility for the center as he prepares for the production of his new off-broadway show next year, by bringing to the IDEA Performing Arts Center his current signature show, "The CP Lacey Show", highlighting just some of his many talents as an Actor, Master Celebrity Impersonator and Comedian. In one show, audience members "star-gaze" as CP dances, sings, acts and brings clean comedy while he transforms into many favored celebrities and his own alter-ego cast of characters right before the audience, while being accompanied by a live band. An entertainment treat for the whole family, attendees witness CP Lacey in rare, comedic form as Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more from the cast of over 30 celebrities CP Lacey performs, in full makeup, costume and voice. Sneak previews of never-before-scene comedic sketches, and audience participation are an extra special treat. CP will also be joined by special guest performers, jazz recording artist, Kersten Stevens, Gospel recording artist, Terrence Williams and Comedian, Kool Bubba Ice, for clean comedy with a touch of class.
Doors open 3:00 p.m. at 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ, just five minutes from Philadelphia. Due to limited seating, attendees are advised to purchase tickets in advance. For more about the IDEA Performing Arts Center, go to http://www.idea-arts.org. For more information and to see where CP is next, go to http://www.cplacey.com, or Facebook.com/TheCPLaceyShow. Twitter: @GoCPLacey.
Catch CP Lacey when he returns to BET's Apollo Live television show which will be taped live this coming September 2013 in New York City at The Apollo Theater, with the legendary Ms. Gladys Knight, and fellow judges Doug E. Fresh, Michael Bivens, and Host, Comedian Tony Rock.