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Alliance Theatre’s world-premiere musical adaption of Trading Places puts women in charge – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2022-05-24 12:02:25 –

Aneesa Folds, Fatima Robinson, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

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In a 1983 comedy movie Trading placeA black man pretending to be a blind Vietnamese veteran, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, lives with a qualified white commodity broker. These two men find themselves out of their comfort zone, betting an amount that their doll strings are pulled by the wealthy white Duke brothers and can’t say who goes up-one Is on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and the other is on the average street of Philadelphia.Includes some elements of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays Hamlet, King LeahWhen Twelve nightsJohn Landis’s film explores the role of money and privilege in success.

The basic assumptions remain the same Musical adaptation of the Alliance Theater, Will open on May 25th. However, the Alliance has added some twists, such as reviving Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon to direct the production. Here are four things you need to know about a new musical: Trading place:

Gender vendor.
In Thomas Lennon’s musical adaptation, Hustler’s Billy Ray Valentine is a black woman and broker Lewis Winthorpe III is white. The two switches work and eventually work with a system that shuts both down after a series of farce situations occur.Lennon who previously created the Comedy Central series Reno 911! Wrote the script Night museum, Set up a musical in the 1980s. Leon says the throwback setting encourages the audience to think about what has changed and what hasn’t changed in power, race, and class over the last 40 years.

Women dominate.
Aneesa Folds, whose credit is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme And a long-term off-Broadway musical review Sista, A star as Valentine. Atlanta-based director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden is the Associate Director. Kajese-Bolden recently joined the Alliance Tony stone, About the first black woman to play baseball in the Negro League. The woman-powered team concludes with the famous choreographer Fatima Robinson, who recently lent her talent to the Super Bowl. Robinson has worked with superstars such as Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna.She worked with Leon With live! In the case of NBC, she says she loves theater and looks forward to working on comedy.

Music is that moment.
The film’s chamber music score was nominated for Oscar in 1984, and songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner promise not to be disappointed. They even added some old school style hip hop.Duo is known for musicals First date When Twice charmAnd for Disney’s hit penning songs High School Musical: Musical: Series When once upon a time..

It’s a good companion.
The world premiere musical is nothing new to the 2007 Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater. This theater tends to adapt the film to the musical. Bring It On: Musical When Color purpleIts music version is the starring movie American idol The winner, Fantasia Barino. Alliance’s original musical, promThere were Broadway runs and Netflix adaptations.When Trading placeThey are aiming for another hit.

This article appeared in the May 2022 issue.

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