She Did Overcome

Melba Moore has been nominated for a Grammy Award many times over. And in 1970, she became the first black woman to receive a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Purlie. But, at times, it’s been a hard-knock life for the singer-actress. Among her darkest hours: the destitute time that followed the dissolution of her marriage. Moore will sing about all her trials and tribulations at the Gem Theater (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463) today at 3:30 p.m. during her one-woman musical, Still Standing — The Melba Moore Story. Additional showtimes are 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $32 in advance or $36 at the door.

Sat., Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m., 2008