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Boston review of the Fela! musical. 5 – stars

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Audience stands at FELA Boston

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FELA! pulled the audience on its feet numerous times this past Wednesday night.

No wonder its buzz attracted celebrities such as Madonna,Denzel Washington, Mick Jagger, and First Lady Michelle Obama and a half-million others to its Broadway performances.

Boston has a chance to see this Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith production.  Get tickets now through May 6th.

You will feel this show long after you leave the venue. The music will be in your head. The athletic energetic dancing will inspire you. The moral message is intelligient. This show will have you feeling like its one of the best investments in a night out you could have ever made. And, you’ll be amazed at how Mr. Fela Kuti fused political leadership skills with the invention of the AfroBeat music genre.

You’ll see — musically speaking, Mr. Kuti puts the sax-playing former President Bill Clinton and soul-singer President of the United States Barack Obama to shame.

fela sound system

the FELA! sound system glows

ticket holders in line

ticket line wrapped around from the front

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April 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

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World’s first Me & Mrs. Jones Wang premiere review

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me and mrs jones, the dramedy premiered at wang theater in Boston

ethnic show hits the Wang

Type the word “dramedy” into Google and u get 84,000 images, but nothing like “Me & Mrs. Jones.”

Its a new stage play and script developed by JD Lawrence performed by an all star cast with no curse words, not even one!

Me & Mrs Jones premiered Oct 1, Boston, Massachusetts at the Citi Center for Performing Arts, Wang Theater.

Ah… there was  heavy rain falling outside before curtain call.

Was a kind of wind-blowing-it-sideways-rain that could have cost OBAMA the election if he had been running tonight, but “Me & Mrs. Jones” went forward and a large crowd turned out for the show.

There were people from all walks of life attending. Ages ranged from 15 to over 60.  This show imaged real life.

As a comedy, it is funny.   As a dramedy, its genuine. The performances established one-to-one connections with the audience members.

During intermission, old school music covered the house amps and people danced in the aisles before and after they headed to the lobby for drinks and socializing.

During the show, we heard to our right an audience member shout out through the  air in agreement with dialogue in the performances.   To our left, they did the same.  In front and in back of us, people were clapping, laughing and generally just getting into it, making noise and so on.

This show entertains.   Scene changes were creatively implemented.  The set design changes worked like adventure movie frame changes.

When actors sang they were silky good, hitting those rare high notes setup by a good feeling live R&B neo-soul backing band. You could sense that actors and audience were on the same page.   The director’s keen sense of matching script to these characters was pertinently accurate.   There was little deviation into make believe lifestyles. Even the dream sequence performed by the character, Mrs. Jones, that featured a muscular sexual man as the diva’s perfect but imagined lover made its case.

The ethnicity of the show was genre bending.  Elements included characters we’ve seen before in television sitcoms, comedy scripts and dance shows.   But as the director put them, the live performance urgency of the pieces made them even more enjoyable and Wang Theatre was the perfect roomy spot to premiere Me and Mrs. Jones.

Its a good investment. Tickets were moderately priced..

Go see the show when it comes to a city near you.
check http://www.jdlawrencepresents.com for tour locations

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October 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Boston still talking about The Color Purple musical

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The Color Purple musical  left Boston a few days ago and is on its way to another venue now.

Here’s what some people had to say who saw it.

“..it was amazing and Im glad that they are involved with the Black community. I know I got a notice that the YPN would be having a The Color Purple night and they would be going early and meeting that cast (something I would have loved to do), but all in all that show was AMAZING, and…My friend and I had a really enjoyable evening.
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“… it was such a wonderful show, my mom and I enjoyed it was such a great musical. I think it will do very well here in Boston there is a buzz already.”
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“It was great. ..my daughter and her friend says the seats were great and the play was ‘FANTASTIC'”
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Photo from the Color Purple Musicalfrom the Dorchester Reporter – DOTNEWS
http://www.dotnews.com/2009/arts-coalition-treats-hundreds-color-purple-citi-center

Arts coalition treats hundreds to “The Color Purple” at Citi center

“I would go back again, and again, and again if I could!” exclaims Cindy Reed, one of scores of Dorchester residents who received free tickets for the June 16th Community Night performance of “The Color Purple,” the hit “musical about love….”


Boston Bay State Banner
http://www.baystatebanner.com/arts41-2009-06-11
Boston Banner newspaper
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White Rhino Report
http://whiterhinoreport.blogspot.com/2009/06/color-purple-limited-time-in-boston.html

Our visit to the theater last night was a triple treat. We saw a terrific performance of a fabulous show. I got to spend the entire Fathers’ Day with my first-born. And the piece de resistance: Ti and I sat next to a fascinating and accomplished actress, Miquel Brown, who is in town shooting a film.
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Third-Decade
http://third_decade.typepad.com/killing_time/2009/06/the-color-purplerecommended.html

Despite the heavy storyline, the musical is full of life, light, and humor; I didn’t expect to laugh and be moved as much as I was. The entire cast was great and presented solid singing, dancing, and acting, although the woman who plays Sophie stole the show.
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July 1, 2009 at 1:37 am

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