Black Pearl Sings! Starring Tony Award-Winner Tonya Pinkins at Ford's Theatre
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The last date listed for Black Pearl Sings! was Sunday October 18, 2009 / 2:30pm.
Currently at Ford's Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $40.00 - $69.00
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- $21.00 - $35.50
The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Veronica Faithe.
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It was my first time to the Ford's Theater. I would tell you to arrive there early so that you can totally enjoy the new look of the theater. I am going back to see this play again with some friends of mines because it was so funny. There was a lot of stuff to see under the theater inside of the museum below. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the play. Black Pearl was so funny when her and Susannah were getting to know each other. I love how these two woman became true friends during a time when black people and white people could not be true friends. The costume designer did a great job on their costumes. Tonya Pinkins can sing her head off with all those different songs. Eat before to save money unless you don't mine. You can park on the street after 6pm and it free :=}
Quotes & Highlights
- “Black Pearl really sings...[The play] reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind...poignant and often funny...involving and emotionally charged.” <em>--Sarasota Herald-Tribune</em>
- “Moving, funny and intellectually compelling.”<em> --Houston Press</em>
By Frank Higgins
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.