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October 20, 2013

The Return of the Hartford Divas

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Barbra Fowler, share time for Interview with Inquiring News. Photo by Reggie Hales

Barbra Fowler, share time for Interview with Inquiring News. Photo by Reggie Hales

HARTFORD – ( By. Jocelyne Hudson-Brown / Inquiring News ) – Prepare yourself for a night of great music, glamorous entertainment and comic relief, as the “The Return of the Hartford Divas” is going to bring the house down. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.

Barbara Fowler, Patricia Thompson and Raynette Lockhart are the Divas. Their musical range is evocative of all the greats: Billy Holiday, Patty LaBelle, Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige to name a few. There is something for everyone in this show that is purposely designed to evoke a time when people got dressed up to go out. The “Return of the Hartford Divas” red carpet event takes place Nov. 30th  on Thanksgiving weekend. Executive Producer Rodney Matthews says “We chose to do Divas at a time when people were with family, friends and visitors from out of town. People will be in the mood to get together, get dressed up go out and have a good time. Divas is family friendly entertainment.”

Divas follows the traditions of old school. Where the men and women were elegant and expected to be entertained at the highest levels.  Where true talent ruled the day. There will be no lip-synching at this show. Musical Director Mike Childs stresses “All the music is live and specially chosen for this show. The musicians are top notch. I am also very excited to be working with Barbara. It’s going to be a great show.”

Divas is produced and directed by an all-star cast of Hartford area entertainers, many of whom have received nation attention and acclaim. Lead Diva and Co-Executive Producer Barbara Fowler has had a Billboard #1 song (Thanks to You) and has done several appearances on Showtime at the Apollo.

Divas Yesterday, Today and Always premiered to great reviews in July 2013. The Return of the Hartford Divas promises to be even more amazing. Next stop is Broadway!

Comedian Barbara Carlyle will play host to an evening of unforgettable performances. Special guest appearances by R&B recording artist Timmy Maia and Saxophonist David Davis. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hartford Community That Cares. If at all possible guests are asked to bring a toy or unwrapped gift to assist in this holiday effort to give back to the community. Save the date –   Nov. 30, 2013, 7pm, at the Lincoln Theatre University of Hartford. Advance tickets are $35.00. For additional ticket information call Univ. of Hartford Box Office 1-860-768-4228. For tickets and/or vendor information please contact Exclusive’s Linez at  1-860-206-9394.

Jocelyne Hudson-Brown is an award winning journalist and a longtime correspondent for the Inquiring News. She can be reached at

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