MUSIC ICON THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. TO HAVE WAX FIGURE UNVEILED BY HIS MOTHER, MS. VOLETTA WALLACE, AT MADAME TUSSAUDS NEW YORK
Members of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts’ choir will perform songs in honor of Biggie
In a moving tribute to her son, Ms. Voletta Wallace will unveil a wax figure of the legendary Biggie Smalls (born: Christopher Wallace) on Thursday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Madame Tussauds New York, 234 West 42nd St. (b/w 7th & 8th Aves.), Manhattan. After the figure is unveiled, 23 high school students from Brooklyn – where Biggie was born and raised – will honor him by singing “I’ll Be Missing You,” a tribute song released shortly after Biggie’s death, and gospel song, “I’ll Fly Away.” The students are members of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts’ choir.
Biggie’s figure dons a white three-piece suit, white hat and white shoes and is standing with one hand in its pocket and the other hand resting on a gold and wood cane. Madame Tussauds’ studio artists studied hundreds of photos and hours of video footage of Biggie to create the figure and to ensure that they captured Biggie’s spirit and demeanor, as well as his physical likeness.
Biggie is largely recognized by the music community as one of the greatest rap artists of all time. His influence on and absence from the hip hop community can still be felt today – more than 10 years after his tragic death.
Madame Tussauds visitors will be able to take photos with and even hug Biggie’s figure, which will be housed in its own room on the attraction’s ninth floor. As guests approach the figure, they can use parts of their body to break moving multi-colored light beams to trigger clips of Biggie’s songs to play.
WHEN: Thursday, October 25
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Madame Tussauds New York
234 West 42nd Street (b/w 7th & 8th Aves.)