If you are a lover of great music, don’t miss actor Kevin Rostnor Jr.’s one man show “Twisted Melodies,” April 11 at Governor State University’s Performing Arts Center, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Inn Suits Midway Hotel!
“Twisted Melodies” tells the story of the renowned jazz, blues and soul singer, and composer, songwriter Donny Hathaway. Hathaway came down with schizophrenia in mid-career, refused to take medication and descended into madness and suicide.
Actor Kevin Rostnor Jr. is a member of the Congo Square Theater Ensemble. He won major awards for his portrayal of Jackie Wilson in “The Jackie Wilson Story.” His recent credits include the musical “Purlie,” “Othello” and “Death and the King’s Horsemen.”
Donny Hathaway’s living legacy is unparalleled. He recorded with Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, the Staples Sisters, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield. He went on to record songs with Roberta Flack (they were college mates) and appear at such major clubs as L.A.’s Troubadour, and The Bitter End in New York’s Greenwich Village. He composed the theme for the TV show “Maude.” And then paranoid schizophrenia overwhelmed the great artist, and he endured many hospitalizations and ultimately jumped to his death.
For more music of Donny Hathaway, you can attend a special 6:30 pm “Twisted Melodies” pre-show dinner from Flavor Restaurant. Listen to Hathaway’s music and that of the artists he inspired.
Governor’s State University is located at 1 University parkway in University Park. For tickets and more information, call (708) 534-5000.
The Best Western Inn Suites Midway Hotel, just minutes from the Governor’s State University Performing Arts Center’s “Twisted Melodies,” offers affordable guest rooms, free breakfast, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and a fitness center. Special AAA rates are available. Call the property direct at (708) 497-3000.