‘Marley’ musical set for 2015 premiere

Tep Mayo – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Baltimore, MD, United States (4E) – Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland announced Tuesday the world premiere of “Marley,” set for 2015. It is a musical about the Jamaican reggae legend, Bob Marley.

The musical chronicles the turning point in the singer’s life when, in 1976, he became the target of an assassination attempt that prompted him to leave Jamaica for a self-imposed exile in London. There he recorded two of his biggest albums, “Exodus” and “Kaya.”

The musical depicts the events that transformed the artist into one of the 20th century’s greatest musical icons.

The musical will feature at least 20 famous Bob Marley songs such as “Exodus,” “Kaya,” and “Rastaman Vibration.”

“Marley” is written and directed by the company artistic director, actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, and author of such plays as “A Bitter Herb,” “Seize the Day,” “Let There Be Love,” and “Beneatha’s Place.”

“Writing this piece is my way of paying tribute to all that I’ve learned from Marley over the years, and it is very humbling to have the opportunity to bring his story to the stage,” says Kwei-Armah.

“Marley,” which will run from May 6 to June 14, 2015 to close Center Stage’s 2014/15 season, will be a creative collaboration between Baltimore’s Center Stage and New York City’s Public Theater.

Center Stage Managing Director Stephen Richard says. “It’s only fitting that for the end of a season about discovery, Kwame has crafted a wonderful opportunity to explore the legacy and impact of such an incredible artist. This season is the perfect time for this large-scale musical to come to fruition, and we at Center Stage can’t wait to share it with the world.”

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