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Jamaican Luminaries and Community Leaders Turn Out for U.S. Premiere of The Harder They Come
September 2, 2009, 8:17 pm
Filed under: At the Center

Singers, performers, Jamaican leaders, philanthropists – and even the legendary Marley family – crowded the “green carpet” in the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in support of the U.S. premiere of The Harder They Come last weekend.

Among the glitterati that turned out for the exclusive Miami engagement of the hit musical, on stage only through September 13, were Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, together  with more than 10 members of the Marley family;  Sally, Jason, and Drew Henzell, family of the late Perry Henzell, creator and director of the film and musical versions of They Harder They Come; the legendary “Bad Boys” of reggae, the group Inner Circle (Roger Lewis, Ian Lewis and Touter Harvey); Winston Stona, original cast member in the film The Harder They Come; Bruck Up, the  singer/dancer/choreographer who recorded the hit single “Sunglasses (Keep Ya Shades On)” with reggae superstar Shaggy; Joshua “White Boy” Gallander of VH1’s reality show “I Love New York”; reggae artist Honorebel; and music video director Gil Green.

Cedella Marley with her husband Daniel

Cedella Marley with her husband Daniel

 

Jan Ryan and Winston Stona

Jan Ryan and Winston Stona

Sally, Jason and Drew Henzell

Sally, Jason and Drew Henzell

(L-R) Ian Lewis, Bernard Touter Harvey, Bruck Up, Roger Lewis

(L-R) Ian Lewis, Bernard Touter Harvey, Bruck Up, Roger Lewis

 

South Florida community leaders and personalities also joined in for the celebration, including the Honorable Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Jamaican Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths; ABC Local 10 anchors Calvin Hughes and Neki Mohan; Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, one of the Arsht Center’s greatest supporters; and many Arsht Center leaders, including  Adrienne Arsht, chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation Board; Ricky Arriola, chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Trust Board; and John Richard, Arsht Center President and CEO.

(L-R) Oscar Branyon, Adrienne Arsht, Guest and Suzanna Valdez

(L-R) Oscar Branyon, Adrienne Arsht, Guest and Suzanna Valdez

Dr. Sanford Ziff

Dr. Sanford Ziff

Honorable Olivia Grange and CEO M. John Richard

Honorable Olivia Grange and CEO M. John Richard

And to keep the vibes going, the Green Room Society along with Inner Circle hosted the official after-party for Saturday’s performance.  Over 400 guests danced and strutted to the sounds of DJ Walshy Fire and Tom La Roc as they enjoyed complimentary beer provided for by Heineken and munched on authentic Jamaican cuisine created by Barton G.  Check out the photo gallery here and relive the evening’s soiree!
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