Play jazz and blues legend Nina Simone in Lichfield
A play inspired by the life of jazz and blues Nina Simone, the famous American singer-songwriter, arrives in Staffordshire
The piece, titled ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’, will feature live performances that will follow the life of the hit singer, as well as her civil rights activism as she seeks redemption from the untimely death of his father. She released songs such as My Baby Just Cares for Me and Four Women.
The play was written and directed by Apphia Campbell and is performed by Florence Odumosu.
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Simone was recognized as an important figure for musicians such as Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Kanye West and the 40 studio albums she recorded between 1958 and 1974 had a huge impact on the music industry and the still do today even after his death in 2003.
“Black is the Color of My Voice” reflects Simone’s journey from a young piano prodigy destined for a life of church service, to a renowned singer at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
The play will be staged at the Hub in Lichfield, where creative director Anthony Evans said: “As a venue, we work hard to bring in top quality artists and Apphia Campbell’s show has sold out seasons in Shanghai. , New York, Edinburgh and the West End It doesn’t get better than this.
“The Hub is proud to consistently promote the work of black artists and while it may seem like a tribute show, it examines themes around the civil rights movement that are more relevant than ever in today’s society.
“All to the phenomenal soundtrack by Nina Simone. It’s probably the show of the year and it’s only February.”
The play will take to the Lichfield Street stage on Thursday February 24, as part of a seasonal national tour to Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and London’s West End.
Florence Odumosu, the interpreter playing Simone, will be interviewed by Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ on Saturday 12 February.
Tickets for the show, which is due to start at 8pm, are on sale for £20.
They are available online, via The Hub Lichfield website.
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