The Sensational Josephine Baker

Opened Sep 7, 2010
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Written and performed by Cheryl Howard and directed by Ian Streicher, the unforgettable story of the one and only Josephine Baker springs to life in this tightly woven play featuring several of Baker's signature songs. The story follows Josephine on her journey from conservative St. Louis, Missouri to the risqué cabarets of the Rue Pigalle, France, from little girl to showgirl. Howard gives voice to this uncensored and emotional tale through an array of fascinating female characters: Josephine's domineering mother, Carrie McDonald; fellow chorus girl Lydia Jones; Ada "Bricktop" Smith, owner of the infamous nightclub "Bricktop's in Montmarte…" And finally a raw, fearless portrayal of Ms. Baker herself in a series of defining moments: from the hilarious antics which rescued her from the obscurity of the chorus, to the humiliation of being shunned by a narrow-minded American public, to her life-long search for unconditional love… compelled throughout it all by an enduring passion to live life to the fullest.

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