“The Boy Can Entertain” – or rather “the Boykin entertain” Tony award-nominee and Broadway performer Phillip Boykin is coming to Savannah next week to not only judge the famous American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) but also to perform in the Judge’s Concert. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Skidaway Island UMC, 54 Diamond Causeway, and will feature performances by this talented artist along with fellow judges Melba Joyce and Michael Ching.
Boykin, a Greenville, SC native, has been involved in both the music and theater industries since he was a child. From a young age, his exceptional talent led him to explore the worlds of opera and musical theater. Savannah will host this talented individual Feb. 18-22, 2019 while he serves as a judge for the 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC), comprised of 28 singers from all over the world competing for big cash prizes as they perform a stunning array of songs from a wide variety of genres from rock/pop, musical theatre, spiritual and more.
With his charismatic, down-to-earth persona and standing ovation worthy performances, Boykin has continuously made the African-American community proud throughout his career. As a result of his work in Once On This Island, which has made headlines over the course of its Broadway run due to its extremely talented and mainly African-American cast, Boykin is currently nominated for a Grammy in the Best Musical Theater Album category.
After being recognized for his Outstanding Broadway Debut in Porgy and Bess with the Theater World Award, Boykin shared this advice for aspiring young performers: “Any opportunity to perform and to work on your craft, take it. Go to every audition, sing as much as you can, read as much as you can…work on your craft, and never give up on it.”
Boykin is looking forward to participating as a judge for the week-long 2019 ATC, which celebrates and preserves all styles of classic American music through an annual vocal competition in Savannah, awarding $35,000 in cash prizes. This nonprofit organization is committed to serving the greater Savannah community by providing musical education, exposure and performances for Savannah locals and visitors of all ages. The competition kicks off on Monday February 18th and concludes at the Trustees Theater on Friday February 22nd.
The ATC was born of the desire to foster and preserve traditions of musical expression, which have been significant in the culture of the United States, by celebrating the repertoire that represents both the art and the popular cultures of our country. Tickets to the 26th annual ATC are available through the Savannah Box Office, starting at $25 each. For more information, visit www.americantraditionscompetition.com.