“Homegrown” is Newark Symphony Hall’s new interview series sharing the stories of prominent artists and entertainers born and raised in Newark. Guests will describe the impact and legacy of Brick City, along with their contributions to the entertainment industry.
The program kicks off with Tony Award-winning actress and longtime R&B recording artist, Melba Moore, on April 28. Moore earned a Tony Award in 1970 for her role as Lutiebelle in “Purlie.” She was also a 1971 Grammy Award nominee for “Best New Artist,” and in 1976 earned a similar nod for “Best R&B Vocal Performance” (“Lean on Me”). Moore racked up two additional Grammy nominations in 1986. That year, her album, “A Lot of Love,” peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s U.S. R&B charts.