Celeb Sighting

Creators of new Sweet Potato Queens musical land at Reef for late-night seafood feast

Creators of new Sweet Potato Queens musical enjoy late-night feast

News, Shelby, Reef, March 2015
Chef Bryan Caswell, from left, Melissa Manchester, Bill Floyd, Rupert Holmes, Sharon Vaughn, Marley Wisnoski and Bruce Lumpkin. Courtesy photo

Stars in town for the first staged reading of the new musical Sweet Potato Queens took a break from rehearsals Thursday for a late-night seafood run at Reef.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Vaughn ("My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys") and Tony Award-winning composer, singer and songwriter Rupert Holmes noshed their way through three plates of crab lollipops. "The best way ever to eat jumbo lump crabmeat," according to Reef co-owner Bill Floyd.

Manchester has written the music and Vaughn has penned the lyrics for the new musical based on the best-selling book by Jill Connor Browne. Holmes adapted the book for the stage.

The celeb's menu continued with Caswell specialties including grouper with collard greens and red fish on the half shell with fried mac and cheese. They finished off the dinner with Reef's irresistible Milkshake No Minors. 

Floyd and Reef co-owner and chef Bryan Caswell grabbed a photo with the trio plus their dinner hosts, Theatre Under the Stars artistic director Bruce Lumpkin and associate artistic director Marley Wisnoski

The Sweeet Potato Queens musical is being developed in partnership with TUTS Underground.