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Mahalia - Full Length Musical, Drama

Mahalia

Tom Stolz

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Full Length Musical, Drama

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573626235

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Tom Stolz
"A first rate tour of the throbbing world of gospel music." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Superb in every way." Christian Chronicle


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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Biography, Docudrama/Historic

105 Minutes

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

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

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.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

This play is written for three actors. One actor plays Mahalia throughout. Another actor plays all the remaining female roles and must play piano, while the remaining actor plays all the male roles and must play piano and organ. All music and singing is performed live by the three actors.

CHORUS SIZE

Small

MAHALIA
ACTOR 1 - to play all male roles
ACTRESS 1 - to play all female roles

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock, Jazz

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Conductor Score
3 Vocal Chorus Books

Piano Score
Organ Score
Song Samples

New Orleans

Chicago

On the Road

New York

Montgomery

Memphis

Greater Salem

Europe

Zion

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  • Mahalia: A Gospel Musical

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Reviews
John Smith 7/17/2016 4:52 PM
Was a complete hit.
Well appreciated by audiences who saw the connection between those times and what is happening today.
Many requests for a re-run
It tells the story
Willa Bost 7/16/2016 4:58 AM
ray bunch 5/20/2015 1:41 PM
This script may work well for churches and religious organizations, but overall a very weak book.  The dialogue is trite, bordering on corny, and never really engages.  In the end, you see the professional highlights of Mahalia's life, but learn almost nothing about the real person..her personal struggles, losses and victories, etc.  

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