Full Length Musical
Time Period - 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Play w/ Music
Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Mild Adult Themes
Appropriate for all audiences
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Including music by various gospel composers as well as hymns and spirituals made famous by Mahalia Jackson, this is a joyous celebration of the life and music of the world's greatest gospel singer: a humble, deeply religious woman whose expressive, full throated voice carried her from a three room shanty in New Orleans to appearances before presidents and royalty. The joy and inspiration of her heartfelt songs provide a counterpoint to the urgent messages delivered by her friend, Martin Luther King. Standing at his side, Mahalia Jackson became the musical voice of the civil rights movement. Mahalia uses simple staging, only three actors, and piano and organ accompaniments to showcase 22 great gospel numbers in a moving, often humorous musical tribute.
"A first rate tour of the throbbing world of gospel music." - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Superb in every way!" - Christian Chronicle
"A rare joy, a balm for the spirit. This is not a night in the theatre but a soul cleansing experience. Don't miss it!" - Sun Newspapers
Mahalia was fi rst produced at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minnesota on January 27, 1994.