The life of Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, is one of the most intriguing -- and important -- chapters in all of Hollywood history. Few people have told that story better than Vickilyn Reynolds (Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk
) in her one-woman musical play, Hattie ... What I Need You to Know!
. Armed with a gorgeous voice, boundless charm and a remarkable likeness to the late actress, Reynolds plays McDaniel at each stage of her incredible journey: from her start in a family of performers in Denver, to her years on the minstrelsy circuit, and finally her ascent to the heights of Hollywood stardom. At every step, Hattie ... What I Need You to Know!
captures the trailblazer's genius with heart and soul. You'll be sure to agree with The New York Times
, which enthused, "McDaniel has found an almost ideal interpreter."
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