Black Pearl Sings!
Directed byThomas W. Jones II
Showing:November 22 - December 17, 2017
About the Show
“Black Pearl not only sings, but soars.” -Broadway World
“a five-star, standing-ovation spectacular which will inspire laughter, cheers, and reflection.” –DC Metro Theatre Arts
“…a very powerful and emotional experience." –Talkin’ Broadway
Alberta “Pearl” Johnson has inherited from her African and American ancestors a soulful collection of rare folk songs. Stuck behind bars in a Texas prison for murder, her music is her lifeline to her family and future. Enter Susannah, an ambitious collector of songs for the Library of Congress. To advance her career, Susannah wants to record Pearl singing her extraordinary repertoire. Pearl sees Susannah as a possible escort to freedom. Their story is one of two women tied deeply together by their personal search for respect and love. Featuring over 20 distinctive songs, Black Pearl Sings! is a transcendent tale about the bridges that can be built through the power of song.
“This intimate play with music showcases the great oral tradition of African American music and the importance of the keepers of that tradition. I know audiences will be transported by the soaring music and the redemptive spirit of this inspiring story.”
–Thomas W. Jones II, Director
Higgins is the author of the plays Black Pearl Sings and The Sweet By ‘n’ By, the latter produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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