In a bid to enhance their media tarnished reputation, WHITNEY HOUSTON and her husband BOBBY BROWN are to join a slew of acts from the worlds of acting and music in a tribute to acting and political heavyweight PAUL ROBESON.
Proceeds from the forthcoming performances will go to the Paul Robeson Foundation, which was established to raise awareness of the socio-political actor’s life. He was the first black actor to star in a Shakespearean play, and his beliefs led to witch-hunt during the McCarthy era.
Robeson, who died in 1976, has inspired a show that will feature James Earl Jones (the voice of ‘Star Wars’ villain Darth Vader), legendary soul vocalists Angela Bofill and Melba Moore, as well as Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (a former backing singer with Elvis Presley).
However, observers report that sales for the show have been “sluggish” since the announcement of the Houston and Brown participation, which appears to have dampened enthusiasm.