Connect Event: On Kentucky Avenue, Musical Co-Produced by Sylvia 'Cookie' Smith Lewis '74

A celebration of Atlantic City’s famed Club Harlem.




The City College Center for the Arts


Byron & Sylvia Lewis


On Kentucky Avenue

A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem


Opening Night Reception: Februrary 19, 7 pm

Food and refreshments will be served.


 February 19-21, 2016 


Tickets are $25

Proceeds benefit Harlem community theater programs

 Smith $5 discount with code "Sylvia" 


For tickets and performance schedule:  


Location: Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of The City College of New York,

between West 133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Avenue.

Convent Avenue is one block east of Amsterdam Avenue

and is the extension of Morningside Avenue beginning at 127th Street. 


“On Kentucky Avenue is a party you don’t want to miss!”

- Maurice Hines, Veteran Stage Performer, Tony Award Nominee


“It is the effervescent, revue-formatted display of talent that makes the production. “

- William Wolf,  Wolf Entertainment Guide


ATLANTIC CITY was known for its music street called KENTUCKY AVENUE on the North Side of town.  Music flowed from the clubs on both sides of the street from MEMORIAL DAY to LABOR DAY.

Before the Casinos took over…..

The most famous of the clubs on KENTUCKY AVENUE was the CLUB HARLEM.  This was like “the Black Copacabana” as it featured all the major Black talent of the era complete with flair, fashion and fantastic stage shows with Showgirls, Dancers & Comedians that thrilled and entertained the masses.

The setting for ON KENTUCKY AVENUE: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem is the CLUB HARLEM dress rehearsal for opening night of the 1969 season.

Within our show there is a ‘love triangle’ between the MC (Ivan King), the lead show girl and the featured female vocalist.

The show has an original score true to the era interspersed with classic songs from the 1960’s.

ON KENTUCKY AVENUE: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem will bring you back to a time when nightclubbing was in vogue and leggy showgirls, black comics, specialty acts and great singers & dancers reigned supreme.




By Train
1 local to 137th Street and Broadway; walk up 138th Street three blocks to Convent Avenue.

or D express, or the B or C local to 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 135th Street.

By Bus
From the East Side: M-101 to 135th St. & Amsterdam Ave. M-100 to 135th St. & Amsterdam Ave.
From the West Side: M-11 to 135th St. and Amsterdam Ave.; M-4M-5 to 135th St. and Broadway.

By Car
From the West Side: Westside Highway traveling north, exit at 125th Street, right to Amsterdam Avenue; left to 133rd Street, right one block to Convent Avenue.

From the Westside Highway traveling north or south: Exit at 125th Street, cross Broadway, one block; left onto Amsterdam Avenue; right onto 133rd Street one block; left onto Convent Avenue.

From the East Side: From the FDR or the Triborough Bridge to Harlem River Drive, exit at 135th Street to end, turn right on St. Nicholas Avenue, then left onto 141st Street, make left on Convent Avenue to campus.