“New York, New York. Big City of dreams, but everything in New York aint always what it seems.” The cryptic line comes from the opening lyrics of “New York, New York” by Grandmaster Flash. It’s also famously recognized as DJ AM’s final Tweet message.
I reference these lines because it reminds me the real life story of a boy’s struggle growing up in Brooklyn, with an addictive parent, a hostile environment, and a not so promising future. I bring your attention to ‘Lemon Andersens‘ ‘Country of Kings‘: a one man show biographical account of his life. I encourage you. I beg you to go see it. Lemon is phenomenal in his storytelling, so much so he literally transport you back to that time in his life. It’s a beautiful touching story of hope, dreams, passion, strength and perseverance. Perhaps you should read the New York Times review and truly understand the brilliancy that is this show.
New York indeed is not always what it seems but to understand Lemon’s struggle… perhaps if you were to ask him… is New York is the City of dreams? Well, you’ll just have to go and see ‘County of Kings’ for the answer.
‘The County of King’ is on a six-week run showing at The Public Theater. Be sure to check for availability and show times. I guarantee you will not regret this. Break a leg, Lemon. We are all so very proud of you!