Lutcher Theater highlights special R.E.S.P.E.C.T. performance channeling Aretha Franklin

Published 12:06 am Friday, September 30, 2022

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The Lutcher Theater is opening its 43rd season with R.E.S.P.E.C.T., an electrifying tribute celebrating the legendary Aretha Franklin.

This concert event plays one-night only Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at

“We are excited to kick off our season with R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “This show is sure to have you dancing in the aisles and singing out loud to all of our favorite music from the Queen of Soul!”

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. showcases the soundtrack of an era that brought Franklin worldwide acclaim singing hits such as, “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Chain of Fools,” “Respect” and many more.

The talent bringing this show to life has been found in New York’s Trejah Bostic, the lead singer of the band, supported by vocalists Meghan Dawson, Nattalyee Randall and Ashton Weeks, who also serve as the evening’s hosts, and Jasmine Tompkins, the vocalists’understudy.

The tour’s skilled on-stage live band features Music Direction and Keyboards by Darnell White (Revelation The Musical, Gospel at Colonus), Rocco Dellaneve (Keys), TJ Griffin (Drums), Kenneth “Gypsy” Simpson (Guitar), and Owen Williams (Bass).

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is staged by Christina Sajous (Spongebob Squarepants,Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, American Idiot, Baby It’s You) who leads the creative team, including Matthew Deinhart (Lighting Design), Taylor Edelle Stuart (Video Design), Joshua Liebert (Sound Design), Antonio Consuegra (Wardrobe & Hair Stylist), Tracey Moore (Casting Director) and Jamal Howard(Associate Director).

This brand-new production is adapted from McGee Entertainment’s Australian touring smash-hit, RESPECT — The Aretha Franklin Story starring Angie Narayan (Australian Idol), also known as Australia’s “Soul Mama,” which continues to play to sold out audiences across Australia.

For more information or to purchase tickets for R.E.S.P.E.C.T., visit