A Musical Journey of a Multi-Generational African American Family. Told Through a Playlist of Songs Made Famous by Artists Past and Present

sistas*New York, NY — Audiences were first treated to SISTAS: The Musical, this past summer when it debuted at The Midtown International Theatre Festival and was nominated for six MITF Awards.

Written by Fullbright Scholar and Columbia University Professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic, SISTAS will now move to its new home at St. Luke’s Theatre, when previews begin on September 29.  The play officially opens on October 23.

Except for Jennifer Fouche who reprises her role as Roberta, a new cast joins the ensemble show led by Tracey Conyer Lee (Gloria), April Nixon (Simone), Amy Goldberger (Heather), and Lexi Rhaodes (Tamika).

SISTAS is an uplifting musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. Based on a series of interviews conducted with Black women over a six-year period, Using a playlist of songs made famous by artists that include Billie Holiday, Lena Horn, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé and others, this Musical tells of the struggles, the joys and the triumphs of being Black and of being a Woman in America. Told through the life and experiences of one woman and the women in her family, the story easily segues from the days of Jim Crow to the present and covers a range of topics from segregation, the women’s movement to the meaning of love and control. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time — Strange Fruit, Society’s Child, Taint Nobody’s Business; to expressions of self-worth and independence – I am Not My Hair by India.Arie, Alicia Keyes’ A Woman’s Worth, Golden by Jill Scott and, Erykah Badu’s Tyrone.  In the end, the women find strength in each others’ stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma – a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women.

Playwright, Dr. Dorothy Marcic, has mastered the art of story telling as a musical journey.  Her first play, RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women, told through Top-40 music, had a 20 city run.  It was based on her book RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, an analysis of female song lyrics since 1900.

With the recent success of Walt Disney’s The Help, there is no doubt that there is an audience and an appetite for stories that feature diverse voices. “Ultimately, SISTAS: The Musical is a story of family, of the history that binds us, of the love we share that transcends social and racial differences.  It is a joyous celebration of strong women,” says Dr. Marcic. It is precisely because of the play’s uplifting message, that three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle, joined with Jenkay LLC to produce the show and says, “SISTAS dares and succeeds in exploring a woman’s experience with humor, humility and sass.  I LOVE it!!!!!”   His involvement reprises their collaborative relationship, which began when he directed her musical RESPECT.

SISTAS: The Musical is written by Dorothy Marcic, directed by Kenneth Ferrone, associate director is Edward Staudenmayer, lighting by Kia Rogers, set design by Josh Iancovelli and casting by Jamibeth Margolis Casting.

About the Playwright
Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a professor at Columbia University and a former Fulbright Scholar, author of 14 books, including Managing with the Wisdom of Love, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music (upon which her first musical was based), and more recently, Love Lift Me Higher.  She splits her time between Nashville and New York.

About the Director:
Kenneth Ferrone was most recently, Associate Director of the Broadway musical, Wonderland as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of In Transit.  His list of credits includes work at the Primary Stages, Atlantic Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Robert Moss Theatre, the Hudson Theatre, and the NYC International Fringe Festival.  He has also had regional theatre experience working at the Alley Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Steppenwolf, and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance Dates:
Previews begin September 29, 2011
Opening October 23, 2011
Closing Open-Ended 

Performance Schedule:
Thursday at 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm 

Tickets:
Pricing:  $29.50 – $59.50
Tele-Charge: (212) 239-6200
Outside NY metro area (800) 432-7250
Note:  Special Student Rate, $29.50 any available seat, day of performance.
(2 hrs before @ Box Office w/valid Student ID) 

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission 

Location:
St. Lukes Playhouse
308 West 46th Street
(between 8th & 9th Avenues)
(212) 246-8140
Tickets are available online at: www.Telecharge.com.  Ticket prices start at $29.50-$59.50.
For more information visit: www.sistasthemusical.com

 

source: www.sistasthemusical.com