The Ritz Theatre and Museum’s signature amateur showcase, Puttin’ on the Ritz, is back! Tonight kicks off the 17th season and the return of the show’s original producer, Deb McDuffie, and host, Rahman Johnson.
“We’re bringing back the Hip Hop dancers in the form of Jewelry Box Society,” stated McDuffie. “We’re also bringing back the popular ‘Step Up to the Mic’ segment, where folks in the audience get to show what they can do and the ‘Ritz Legends’ are returning – where every show we celebrate an African American who has made a difference in Jacksonville.”
The show will be in two segments. The first half is youth talent (no booing) and the second half will be all remaining acts. DJ Chill Will is back as house DJ for the regular shows; however, the semi-finals and finals will feature a live band, just like in the good old days!
Come on down to the Ritz Theatre and Museum TONIGHT, Friday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.! We’ll be Puttin’ on the Ritz!
All seats $9 plus tax and fees. Tickets are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena or at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Deborah McDuffie was named 2016 Onyx Magazine “Woman on the Move”, 2014 Black Employee Network Music Pioneer recipient, 2006 Jacksonville Cultural Council Arts Awards “Educator of the Year” and 2007 African American Literary and Media Lifetime Achievement “Phoenix” Award winner. Deborah has an impressive forty year career combining talents in production, performance, composing, arranging, marketing, advertising, special promotions, lecturing and teaching.
Rahman Johnson was the host and producer of SPLAT, on Nickelodeon. He is an actor/producer, Marketing Consultant and News Anchor. Rahman has been a local elected official and appointed leader. He holds a BA with honors from Edward Waters College and MA in Strategic Communications and Global Leadership from Seton Hall University.
About the Ritz Theatre and Museum
The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts