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ARTS BRIEFS (From left) The cast members of Soul Crooners 2 are Leon Pitts II, Chris Eisenberg, Nate Jacobs and Michael Mendez. (Not pictured: Barry Byrd.) Contributed photo SOUL CROONERS 2 OPENS FEB. 22 AT WBTT���S THEATER Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced that Soul Crooners 2, a companion piece to its previously sold-out Soul Crooners, will open on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Troupe���s theater at 1646 10th Way in Sarasota. tremendous that we included it again in the following regular season,��� says Jacobs in the release. ���The audiences just loved the music and many came back more than once. One fan even flew the cast and musicians to Germany to perform the piece for his birthday celebraHighlighting the soul music of the 1970s, the tion,��� Jacobs continues in the release. all-male cast will offer up a revue of some of that era���s classic hits, a news release says. ���The selection of African American music that ���Nate Jacobs, founding artistic director of transformed the ���70s seems sometimes endWBTT, has written and adapted the show, less,��� he adds. ���Can���t wait for the audiences to much like the first, but with an entire new experience another strong dose of soul from group of musical favorites and smooth dance the Troupe.��� routines,��� the release adds. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ���We ran the original Soul Crooners as a short- soul is ���music that arose out of the black er-run, summer show and the response was so experience in America through the trans-

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