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Colony show takes their breath away

On Sunday afternoon we experienced one of the most amazing plays we have ever seen, “Breath and Imagination, The Story of Roland Hayes” at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.

In the early 20th century Roland Hayes was the first African American singer to become world famous. The title role is played and sung brilliantly by Elijah Rock, with a two-member supporting cast of Karan Kendrick, who plays his mother, and accompanist Kevin Ashworth at the piano who also plays multiple roles.

We have been subscribers to the Colony Theatre for 25 years and each year we wonder how Artistic Director Barbara Beckley can continue to present top quality programming year after year. Well, she’s done it again. The Colony’s financial problems were serious and they almost didn’t have a new season. We’re so grateful that the Colony was able to secure the funds necessary for their 2013-14 season. The current show is one that should not be missed.


Elliott and Esther Porter