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Las Vegas Urban League to Host the 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Five Heartbeats Movie
Original Actors in the Beloved Classic Will Participate in Q&A and Screening; Artist Shawn Perkins to Feature Series of Original Artwork Inspired by the Movie
By: Las Vegas Urban League
The Five Heartbeats is a 1991 musical drama film directed by Townsend, who co-wrote the script with Keenen Ivory Wayans. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film's main cast includes Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells, Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers, and Diahann Carroll. The plot of the film (which is loosely based on the lives of several artists: The Dells, The Temptations, Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Frankie Lymon, Sam Cooke and others)follows the three-decade career of the R&B vocal group The Five Heartbeats.
The film depicts the rise and fall of a Motown inspired soul act through the eyes of one of the Heartbeats, Donald "Duck" Matthews, played by Townsend. Robinson played J.T. Matthews, the older brother of Duck. A womanizer, J.T. and his brother Duck share a close and sometimes turbulent relationship. Wells played Anthony "Choir Boy" Stone, a choir boy in his father's church. Stone's father does not support his decision to become a music artist fearing rock and jazz are "the devil's music." He becomes more of a womanizer as the group becomes more successful, but later goes back to being a part of his father's ministry after the group disbands.
Highly acclaimed for the musical performances, The Five Heartbeats received an ASCAP award for Most Performed Songs in a Motion Picture for the song "Nights Like This."
Acclaimed artist Shawn Perkins will feature a series original artwork, inspired by each member of The Five Heartbeats, to be sold during the event with the proceeds benefitting the Las Vegas Urban League.
To purchase tickets online: https://five-
To purchase by phone: 702-636-3949 ext. 297.
About the Las Vegas Urban League
The mission of the Las Vegas Urban League is to empower communities and ensure equal opportunity for low income citizens. It establishes programs and support policies that address social and economic issues faced by low income and minority residents of Clark County Nevada, and its outlying areas. It collaborates with community members on strategies and techniques to implement changes that bring about opportunity and enables citizens to secure economic self-reliance.