12 June 2012
Emerging Artists Theatre loads in to the Beckett Theatre on Monday June 11th. Original music and songs have been composed for the production. Previews will begin on Tuesday June 19th.
Emerging Artists Theatre presents the Off-Broadway premiere of The Sensational Josephine Baker, a rich, comedic, moving musical portrait of the unique iconic Jazz Age legend, Josephine Baker. Written and performed by Cheryl Howard (daughter of Elston Howard -- first African American ball player for the Yankees) and directed by Ian Streicher, the unforgettable story of the one and only Josephine Baker springs to life in this tightly woven musical 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 and 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 by an enduring passion to live life to the fullest.