Mahalia

by  Tom Stolz

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  1m, 2f

"A first rate tour of the throbbing world of gospel music." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Superb in every way." Christian Chronicle


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

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  • Mahalia: A Gospel Musical
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

New Orleans
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Chicago
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On the Road
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New York
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Montgomery
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Memphis
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Greater Salem
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Europe
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Zion
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Casting

1m, 2f

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

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Cast 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.

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
3 Vocal Chorus Books

Piano Score
Organ Score

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Authors

Tom Stolz

Tom Stolz

Mahalia was fi rst produced at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minnesota on January 27, 1994.

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