About the Musical Play

Walking in Dorothy Dandridge's Shoes..Her Final New Beginning's setting is Dorothy on the last day of her life. She's surrounded by clothes, music, scripts, suitcases and cushions in her modest apt on Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood, her last place of residence. She's practicing her dances, going over scripts, music and packing to travel to New york, and Mexico for the lineup of shows and the two films she was contracted to do while talking about her life's journey, Her preference of dialogue is particularly of her music and wide assortment of firsts she achieved which helped to pave the way for women of color in the industry. She's exhilerated and happy to embark on another new beginning....

With Cal Bezemer's expert music finess on keys during the production through some of the dialogue, dance and songs, this production will have you even more interested and knowlegeable  about one of America's icons, Dorothy Dandridge....

 

Booking info


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News & Events-​

MAY BEGAN THE 2ND YEAR OF THESE ONGOING PERFORMANCES!

FREE RAFFLES/EVERYTHING DOROTHY GRAB BASKET/SCRIPT BOOKLET TAKE HOME PRIZE!



June 17, Wanda Portrays Carolynne Snowden and Dorothy Dandridge in a "MOCHA PRODUCTION" Junetenth event at the Culver City Library.

June 24 & 25, Wanda does a presentation of her Children's reading readiness television show , "SPUNK BUBBLE" at the long Beach Biyou Blues Festival. 

Wanda, an 18  year vetreran of  5 NAACP Theatre Award Winning Musical, North on south Central portrayed Dorothy Dandridge and a Club Alabam Patron on March twenty six at the Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro.

As participants and audience members who have followed the musical from it's beginning 18 years ago, remarked how Wanda does not age and her portrayal of Dorothy has only gotten better through the years!"

SUN. APRIL 9, 1PM,

PIANO RECITAL FOR WANDA'S STUDENTS:

TWO ZERO ZERO SIX NELSON AVE. REDONDO BEACH.

WANDA WILL ALSO PERFORM A PIANO VOCAL RENDITION OF NATURAL WOMAN AND MAYBE ONE OTHER.

SOME OF THE STUDENTS WILL ALSO PLAY A SONG WHILE THE AUDIENCE JOINS IN WITH THEM PLAYING!


SUN. APRIL 23, 4 UNTIL 5:30

SUN. MAY 21, 4 UNTIL 5:30

HER FINAL NEW BEGINNIING

THEATRE: 710 PIER AVE. HERMOSA BEACH

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DINE AND SHOW EVENT!

HER FINAL NEW BEGINNING

SAT. MAY 13, 7 UNTIL 8:30

THEATRE: 1809 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD. MANHATTAN BEACH

**March 5-2016 First Staged reading- Los Angeles, California

**May 7- Performance of scene excerpt- Fairmount Southampton Princess Hotel- Bermuda

Full page article before the show and page after the show- Royal Gazette Newspaper- Bermuda

**May 29- First full show- Redondo Beach, California


**June 12, 7-9pm- Performance- Redondo Beach, California


**September 1-30-

Video & photo script excerpts posted on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook daily to Celebrate Dorothy...Her September Month.


October 14 & 21- 7pm.... 2nd Story Theatre,

Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90352

2 Performances of this 1:15 hr. One Woman Musical with Cal Bezemer on Keys.

Press coverage and artifacts on display. Bring any you would like to share to spread more knowledge about Dorothy's story!

-% of performances go to a Charity-


SAT, NOVEMBER 19, 1:30PM

​2ND STORY THEATRE, 710 PIER AVE, HERMOSA BEACH


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Cal and Wanda performed the finale of this 7 song and finale, music, dance and acting production at Kulakswoodshed with rave reviews from the Estatic audience in March of this year. The first staged reading was held successfully also in March of this year. Their music  marriage seems to be made in heaven , (words from the esteemed legend HB Barnum), who brought them together.  Audience members proclaim how  the duo performs their singing acting and dance show as if they were one entity! 


-Singer, actress,dancer Wanda Ray Willis

-Music Director: Cal Bezemer on keys

-Stay tuned for new dates and full schedule!!

-This duo would make a lovely Dinner Theatre event for your organization fundraiser!

songs from the heart

official website

About  Wanda ......About Cal

WANDA RAY WILLIS- (SCRIPT & MUSIC)

 www.wandaraywillis.org

www.theraynorsmusic.org

This marks the SIXTH PRODUCTION among Wanda's variety of performing artist work about Dorothy Dandridge that Wanda , Bermudian singer, musician, actress, writer, and ensemble performer has been a part of.

When she was growing up, and singing and dancing around her parent's home as a young child, her late Aunt Dora, who lived in the US would always say, "You need to take her to Hollywood, She really reminds me of that Dorothy girl over there". With life similarities and features that favored Dorothy throughout her life, Wanda has gotten rave reviews , articles  and comments from Directors, audience members and periodicals regarding her portrayals and creative material about the legend Dorothy Dandridge.

She, as many have said can really chanel Miss Dandridge while on stage........After years of research and portraying Dorothy on stage, this project seemed to just "flow from my pen and music voice........."


CAL BEZEMER- (MUSIC DIRECTOR)

www.musicangels.biz

CB"- Bandleader of "The Mouzon Franklin CB Trio", Mainstream, Fusion, Blue, Originals & Improvisation..Cal performs Piano, Synth and Vocals.

Cal's credits include Music Dir/Pianist for Herb Jeffries (35= years);  Yma Sumac (12 Years). Some of the greats he has recorded with and was Music Director for are, Al Jarreau; Anita O'Day; 'Scatman' Crothers; Barbara Mc Nair; David Sanborn; Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson; Linda Hopkins; 'Senator' Eugene Wright and many more.

More to come...Stay tuned.