Amen

Season 3 Episode 19

First Community Talent Show

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Apr 01, 1989 on NBC
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First Community Talent Show
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The church puts on a special talent show to benefit the National Easter Seals Society.

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  • First Community Church holds a benefit to help poster child Joy Hall raise money for the Easter Seals Society.

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    If there were a retrospective episode of 'Amen,' surely it would have to include some of the highlights of this episode. And there are many highlights. First, there is Sherman Hemsley's James Brown impersonation (which he will repeat in the series' final episode) and his version of Sonny Boy, sitting on Jester Hairston's lap. Next, Clifton Davis sings a nice Broadway show tune, and he gets to dance as the ladies of the cast join Jester Hairston for a rendition of a classic Andrews Sisters song. I particularly like the segment with Jester Hairston and Rosetta LeNoire singing about love and old age. But the finale is the best part. The whole cast assembles on stage and performs a song that conveys not only its faith but the overall theme of this series. It's truly one of the top episodes.moreless
Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Deacon Ernest Frye

Clifton Davis

Clifton Davis

Rev. Reuben Gregory

Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford

Thelma Frye

Barbara Montgomery

Barbara Montgomery

Casietta Hetebrink (1986-1990)

Roz Ryan

Roz Ryan

Amelia Hetebrink

Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston

Rolly Forbes

Rosetta LeNoire

Rosetta LeNoire

Leola Henderson Forbes

Special Guest Star

Joy Hall

Joy Hall

Herself

Special Guest Star

Elsa Raven

Elsa Raven

Inga

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    • The credits for each musical selection appear during the episode. When the reverend introduces the final number, he says it was written by Dr. Jester Hairston. Jester Hairston, of course, plays Rolly.

    • Joy Hall was the Easter Seals poster child at the time this episode was produced. She tells the audience that she represents disabled children and goes around raising funds to send these kids to a special summer camp.

    • Music includes: 'Living in America' by Charlie Midnight and Dan Hartman (performed by the deacon and his deaconettes); 'I Could Write a Book' by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (sung by the reverend); 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' by Don Raye & Hughie Prince (lip-synced by Inga and the Hetebrinks with Rolly on horn and the reverend doing a few dance steps); 'Sonny Boy' by Al Jolson, B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson (performed by Rolly and the deacon dressed as a boy); 'Triplets' by Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz (performed by the deacon, Thelma and the reverend dressed as babies); 'I Remember It Well' by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (sung by Rolly and Leola); and 'Amen' by Dr. Jester Hairston (performed by the entire cast).

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