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One-man show, CP Lacey promises fun impersonations

CP Lacey, “executioner” at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, is making his second return to the Merced College Theater, located at 3600 M St, Friday, Nov. 15.
CP Lacey, “executioner” at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, is making his second return to the Merced College Theater, located at 3600 M St, Friday, Nov. 15.

CP Lacey, “executioner” at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, is making his second return to the Merced College Theater, located at 3600 M St, Friday, Nov. 15.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with opening acts from local artists Cheryl Lockett and Roddy Jackson. CP Lacey, known for his master characters and celebrity tributes, promises an unforgettable show that is full of fun for the entire family.

“This time around, I’m bringing a surprise character,” Lacey excitedly said. “It’s about to be electrifying! Wild, exciting, and energetic. Trust me!”

Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater — known for creating idols such as Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday and James Brown — has evolved since its beginning in 1934. Amateur night, a key segment in the theater’s programing, has remained a staple of the show since the 1950s. The segment allows fellow artists an opportunity at stardom and is judged by the audience’s applauses or, more commonly, their booing. Once the booing has commenced the executioner arrives on stage, comedically shooing the artists off stage.

Lacey, a regular at the Apollo theater, has been performing the role of executioner on Wednesday nights for the last 20 years. Using his impersonations of celebrities and at other times characters he came up with on his own, Lacey has shared his acting abilities and comedic performance with large crowds time and again.

He has most recently been touring the world, performing in places such as Germany, France, Japan, and all over the United States. Michael Jackson, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Stevie Wonder are all embodied by the one and only CP Lacey, in performances that captivate audiences — leaving them astonished as to who really is on stage.

“My favorite character to perform as is James Brown,” Lacey explained. “After all, he is my humble beginning. I used to always get kicked out of my Jr High class for impersonating him.”

Lacey always knew he wanted to perform when he grew up. He attended Long Island University and then set off to find work in the industry. Work was hard to come by at first but soon Lacey realized the trick to his act was not to perform as how he thought the acting should be done — but exactly as the performers acted before him. Thus, the CP Lacey impersonation was born.

“This really is a family show,” Lacey explained. “I learned to love my craft, I do it for the love. The money comes after.”

Tickets to the CP Lacey Show are now available. Advanced tickets are $30 and available for purchase through Edgar Lacey at (209) 564-1584 or at [email protected] Tickets are $35 at the door.

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