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Born For This

Born For This: A New Musical

A story of family, love and forgiveness.

JUN 15 - JUL 15, 2018


In the spirit of Elma Lewis:
ArtsEmerson, The Strand Theatre, The Word Boston
and Lyric Stage Company of Boston invite you to:

Born For This Welcome to Boston

MON, JUN 4 @ 7:30PM

543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, ma 02125



Tickets for this event are complimentary and do not guarantee access. On the day of the event, seating will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to arrive early to this event to guarantee your seats.

Celebrate the arrival of Grammy Award-winning icon, BeBe Winans and the cast of Born for This: A New Musical. Join us as Boston’s best singers, and musical theatre artists salute the cast of this story of family, love and forgiveness. Meet & Greet reception with cast to follow. Refreshments will be served.


Athene Wilson

Athene Wilson, a familiar voice around Boston's music scene, has performed Jazz, Gospel and R&B in different venues in and around Boston. She has accompanied local artists, Larry Watson, Andre Ward, Walter Beasley and several other bands. Ms. Wilson has done background work for renowned artist, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and Freddie Jackson. Ms.Wilson's multi-faceted vocals have resonated across stages in Germany,France, Japan and the Caribbean.

Her singing career began at the tender age of seven in a small Pentecostal church in Jamaica. She sang in several church choirs until her transition to Boston where she started her professional singing career. Ms. Wilson received her first break with Larry Watson when she sang, 'Since I fell for you.' For years, Boston has enjoyed the melodic sounds of Ms. Wilson in jazz clubs, churches, and city-wide events.

Steven Martin and the cast of The Wiz

Kendall Ramseur

Raised in Charlotte North Carolina, Kendall Ramseur began his musical journey as a pianist at the age of seven, and switched to cello when he turned ten. Kendall received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). As a soloist, Mr. Ramseur released his debut album T.I.M.E., in 2013. He was later awarded the Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. Since then, Kendall has performed his original compositions at over 100 events in Massachusetts and around the country including: ArtsEmerson, Wheelock’s 2013 Metro Boston Race Amity Celebration, Kendall Square Concert Series and Boston Green Festival. Kendall was a featured panelist on the Boston University Music Symposium, “The Multi- modal Musician: The Success of Adaptability”.

Kendall is one-fourth of the nationally-acclaimed and billboard charting quartet, Sons of Serendip who gained fame during Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. As a group they average between 40-50 performances a year, traveling both nationally and internationally. Most notably, they have performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops for the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. Kendall has orchestrated various parts for the group’s performances with the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The quartet was also invited to perform at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the In Memoriam segment. In 2017, the group released their third studio album Life + Love. As a member of Sons of Serendip, Ramseur has exercised his ability to arrange, orchestrate, compose and program material for both the group’s performances and albums.

/Radical Black Girl
Radical Black Girl

Destiny Polk is a Boston born performance and teaching artist, producer, and founder of art-activist platform Radical Black Girl. Audacious, unapologetic and empowered in self-knowledge, she invites her communities to self-transformation through art. She is a professional dancer of 16 years and professional spoken word artist, sharing her words with audiences small and large for 9 years.She has presented works at the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Boston Chapter, Multi-Cultural Teaching Institute, The White Privilege Conference, Urban Bush Women's Summer Institute, The Isabella Garner Museum, to name a few, as well as premiered her interactive performance and celebration, RESIST(D)ANCE at the OBERON. Destiny is concerned about speaking truth to a country that attempts to rewrite its own history while having actively tried to suppress African and Native American history and culture. She is also deeply passionate about advocating for marginalized groups of people, especially low-income communities of color, women of color and young self identifying black girls.

Karen Holmes Ward
Karen Holmes Ward

Karen Holmes Ward is the Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host and executive producer of CityLine, WCVB’s award-winning weekly magazine program which addresses the accomplishments, concerns, and issues facing people of color living in Boston and its suburbs. Many notables including Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, and Denzel Washington; and Oscar nominees Daniel Kuluuya, Taraji P. Henson, and Oprah Winfrey have been interviewed by Holmes Ward for CityLine. CityLine has been a recipient of the Associated Press Massachusetts/Rhode Island ‘Best’ Public Affairs Program and numerous Emmy nominations. Holmes Ward also oversees WCVB’s public service and community outreach efforts, acting as liaison between the station and dozens of WCVB’s nonprofit partners.

A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communications (now COM), Holmes Ward has received numerous awards for her work in the community including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ‘Silver Circle’ Award for Lifetime Achievement; Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award; National Association of Black Journalists Region I Journalist of the Year; Big Sister of Greater Boston Achievement Award; Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts President’s Award; Women of Courage and Conviction Award from the Greater Boston Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and MassVote Champion of Democracy among others. She serves on the Board of Tenacity, the Advisory boards of the Greater Boston Food Bank, and Rosie’s Place and is the Chair of the Boston University Black Alumni Council. Holmes Ward has received honorary doctorates in Communications and Media from Merrimack College and Humane Letters from Cambridge College.

Jonathon Gates
JOnathon gates

Jonathon Gates, Born 1963 in Boston, Ma. Because of a medical condition with asthma was forced to move to South Carolina with his grandparents at and early age of 3. As he grew he had the best of both worlds. In the fall he would be down south and the spring and summer back here in Boston. Started doing comedy back at the Rolls Club in Mattapan. From there he has been on the HBO DEF Comedy Jam Tour shows, BET Comic View (5 times), Starz Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment, and has opened for such musical acts like Pattie Labelle, James Brown, George Clinton, just to name a few. He has hosted the black Comedy Explosion in and around the city of Boston for over 25 years. He have been around the world doing comedy entertaining the troops.



Welcome to Boston cast parties are a signature program of ArtsEmerson rooted in the tradition of visionary arts leader, humanist and Emerson College alumna, Ms. Elma Lewis and co-hosted by a variety of community partners. While being feted by performances from Boston’s finest poets, vocalists, dancers, actors and entertainers, this warm and vibrant event presents our artists to the community before seeing them perform on stage.