The cast of the touring Broadway production of ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations’ was on stage for Saturday’s matinee performance at Shea’s Buffalo Theater when word spread of the shooting of mass that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured three on the East Side of Buffalo.
After the evening show, actor James T. Lane delivered a message of sympathy, love and unity to the audience and to Buffalo on behalf of the touring company who spoke of the “mass shooting at a little less than two miles from this theater.”
It said, in part, “We – the cast, crew, orchestra and everyone involved with our touring company – would like to lift up in love the victims, their families and anyone affected by this terrible event. . It affects all of us in very personal ways and affects our society as a whole and ultimately the world we all live in.
“Everyone in this world deserves to live free from fear and discrimination because of the color of their skin. Theatre, music and the arts are safe spaces where tolerance is celebrated, community is high and the love is unconditional. We all shared in that love tonight. It’s a very, very powerful thing.”
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A joint statement released by Shea’s and the production then expressed “deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and to the entire black community of Buffalo who was so brutally and viciously targeted. And we express our sincere gratitude to the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department and other first responders for their bravery, professionalism and quick action.”
“Today, we stand with the City of Buffalo and its people, especially its Black community, as we mourn and heal together. And we reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe, fair, and hate-free space for that artists freely share their stories with an enthusiastic and welcoming community.”
“Ain’t Too Proud” is on stage at Shea’s May 10-15.
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