Audelco Award Winner Rome Nealâ€™s solo performance is riveting. He is Monk. If there ever was a marriage made in heaven, this is it - between the actor and the material. Laurence Holderâ€™s incredible â€œslideâ€ into the essence of the incredible musical genius of Thelonious Sphere Monk and what drove him, what made him tick; how the political and cultural scene had its impact on his natural talent â€“ is remarkable.
George V. Johnson, Jr. showcases talent and entertainment in the Washington metropolitan area. Producing â€œMonkâ€ and bringing Neal to the Historic Blair Mansion has to be one of Johnsonâ€™s most rewarding efforts. The awesome theatre experience, brought by Neal, gives the audience a glimpse into the brain and soul of one of the most inventive pianists of our time.
So, whether or not you are a jazz lover, and especially if you are or claim to be, make it a point not to miss â€œMonk The Playâ€ by Holder and starring Neal as Thelonious Monk at 3 p.m. on Sundays through June 28.