Sistas: The Musical is playing at St. Luke’s Theatre located at 308 West 46th Street. The show runs one hour thirty minutes with no intermission. It is an opened end show and plays on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30.
Dorothy Marcic is the playwright. She has written fifteen books and is a professor at Columbia University. Dorothy is a former Fulbright Scholar.
The show made its debut at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. It opened at St. Luke’s on October 23, 2011.
Three sisters, Simone (Tanesha Gary), Gloria (Robyn Payne) and Roberta (Jennifer Fouche) are in the attic of their grandmother’s house. She has just passed away and they are trying to decide on the music to sing at her service. Simone’s daughter Tamika (Danea Osseni) is with them. Tamika is in listening to music from her phone.
The family is African American. Their sister in law Heather (Amy Goldberger) has joined them. She is white.
Things in the attic trigger events in their lives and their grandmothers. With each memory they sing a song, the words reflect how they feel. The songs range from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé.
Roberta recalls something that happened to her when she was thirteen. None of her sister knew this incident happened. Simone embraces her. The anguish on Roberts face brought tears to my eyes, it was so touching.
I’m not telling what events happened or the songs sung. You’ll have to see the show to find out. But whatever generation you are from you will enjoy the show. The songs are classic.
Jennifer Fouche, Tanesha Gary, Amy Goldberger, Robyn Payne and Danea Osseni all have beautiful voices. The cast does an incredible job. Danea Osseni does an outstanding job dancing to the music she is listening to. She made me feel like I had two left feet.
I saw this show over three years ago. It is still as good as it was before, if not better.
Last time I said I like to see the show again which I have. The second prediction was I would like to see it on Broadway. The show is that good.
This is a show worth seeing at least once if not more.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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