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Wayne Brady at Sound Board, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on TWitte

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Wayne Brady has, and has had, more going on than any number of other entertainment impressario put together.

The Georgia native still hosts "Let's Make a Deal" and appears on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on TV. He tours with an improvisational comedy show, is returning to Broadway soon and is recording an album that should be out later this year. That's on top of voluminous credits that also include film and video games and, of course, playing Aaron Burr in the Chicago company of "Hamilton."

Being on stage, of course, gives Brady, 47, a chance to flex all kind of creative muscles, from his body to his brain -- and beyond...

Brady says by phone that improvisation continues to hold a great allure for him as a performer. "It's just a different muscle. It's a great high-wire act, not knowing what's coming next; You truly get to create something that's in the moment. There's no safety net. It's really an exciting way to perform."

Brady refuses to pick a favorite out of his varied endeavors, however. "If I didn't do one then I wouldn't be the totality of who I am. I do each of those things and enjoy them equally. There are times when I love being on stage more than anything doing theater, doing Broadway, then times I love touring and doing improvisation and times I love being on camera, doing ('Let's Make a Deal') or a sci-fi drama ('Colony') or a soap opera ('The Bold and the Beautiful'). It all goes back to playing like a child; I think at heart that's a central piece to what makes an artist good is you've got to be able to use your imagination and play."

In addition to the upcoming Broadway project and two TV shows his production company is developing, Brady is also working on his third album, collaborating with The Heavyweights and Jamie Jones of the group All-4-One. "If you had to put a label on it it's maybe a little 60s soul with current production values, but definitely old school melodies. I'm working on it right now. Jamie Jones produced my first record that was nominated for a Grammy, so I've teamed back up with him and we're looking to knock it out of the park."

Wayne Brady performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. $45-$59. 313-309-4700 or soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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