Two Afro-Canadian dancers from the 30's or 40's in a colourful dress and black suit overlaid on a yellow background
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The Darktown Strutters' Ball

The song The Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the earliest jazz recording ever made, and it was written by Shelton Brooks, an Afro-Canadian who was the music industry’s first superstar.

This World Premiere will take you on a musical journey through time, humbling us with the stories of how so many black artists have paved the way for actors like Leslie & Cassel to stand on their shoulders, enabling them to tell this story today. 

The Darktown Strutters’ Ball pays tribute to musical greats such as Bert Williams & Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Billie Holiday & Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, many of the Motown greats, James Brown, Bob Marley, even taking us to some of the popular rap artists of today! Join us in celebrating these stories and songs of artists who have helped shape the music industry as we know it.

This Strutters’ Ball is for people just like you, people who like to strut their stuff
 and it’ll be a party as ever a party could be!


Leslie McCurdy

Cassel Miles


Nicholas Mustapha - Musical Director

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Opera House

87 Broadway

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Please note that this performance does contain mature language that some may find offensive.

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