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PROVOCATIVE YET PROFOUND IN ITS MESSAGE
GROUND BREAKING NEW MUSICAL STAGE PLAY
STARS ROBIN GIVENS, A’NGELA WINBUSH,
KAREN CLARK SHEARD, DEMETRIA MCKINNEY AND
Detroit (March 10, 2009) – Urban theatre enthusiasts around the country are all abuzz about the highly anticipated debut of Church Girl. This no holds barred musical stage play, based on true stories, was written and produced by Angela Barrow-Dunlap and directed by Reuben Yabuku. The play runs March 23rd through March 28th in Detroit’s Music Hall and will then continue on a national tour with scheduled performances in Cleveland, Orlando, Columbia, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Raleigh, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Houston and Chicago.
Church Girl tells the story of Emily Franklin, the seemingly wholesome daughter of a prominent pastor, who is seduced by the charms of a worldly life. Emily is hiding a very shocking secret and like all things evil, it is festering. Emily has been working diligently to cover up the dark choices she has made, but when her secret is exposed, events take a dramatic turn and skeletons come crashing out of her closet. Everyone wants to know what could push a quintessential church girl to turn her back on everything she has been taught.
Produced by Ladies First Entertainment and Sweetpro Presents, his uplifting new musical drama features soul-stirring gospel music, while it bravely peeks into a part of the entertainment world that has been, until now, considered taboo.
Church Girl infuses the magic of phenomenal music, a cast of colorful characters, and amazing dance performances to take audiences on an unforgettable ride through the pains and pleasures of tasting the “forbidden fruit” to the ultimate height of redemption.
National playwright and producer – Angela Barrow-Dunlap is the creator of many hit stage plays. One of her most popular, If These Hips Could Talk, starred legendary actor Billy Dee Williams and Tichina Arnold from the hit sitcom, Everybody Loves Chris. Barrow-Dunlap also wrote and produced Zeola Gaye’s dramatic musical My Brother Marvin as well as one of the highest grossing urban stage plays of all time, Why Good Girls Like Bad Boyz.
“This is much more than just another production to me,” says Barrow-Dunlap. “There is power and purpose in this piece, mainly because it was born out of the true story of someone very dear and close to me. But also because it will touch the hearts of so many hurting women. Women around the country are responding to the message of Church Girl because it resonates so powerfully within them…it’s their story. Most every woman has at some point in her life given in to temptation, and as a result felt trapped. Church Girl simply says that you can choose to be free.”
Barrow-Dunlap’s new musical, Church Girl, brings together some of the film, television and music world’s hottest stars on one stage for one unforgettable production. Leading the cadre of characters is one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses, Robin Givens, who gained critical acclaim as “Jacqueline” in the hit movie Boomerang, and most recently starred in the blockbuster movie Family That Preys; Grammy Award-winning gospel powerhouse Karen Clark Sheard of the legendary Clark Sisters; A’ngela Winbush, R&B soul-singer/songwriter who first rose to fame in the 1980’s duo Rene and A’ngela, then went on to score hits as a solo artist; actress Demetria McKinney from the NAACP Image Award-winning television series House of Payne;
debonair actor Sean Blakemore from the movies Motives I and II and Drew Sidora from television’s That’s So Raven and The Game. The show also features play circuit powerhouses and theatre veterans including Tony Grant, Wanda Nero-Butler, Gia Wyre and Teisha Lott.
Church Girl’s Spring Tour Schedule is as follows:
March 23-28, 2010 Detroit, Michigan Music Hall
April 1-4, 2010 Detroit Michigan Music Hall
April 8-11, 2010 Cleveland, Ohio State Theatre
April 13-14, 2010 Orlando, Florida Bob Carr Performing Arts
April 15-16, 2010 Columbia, South Carolina Koger Center for the Arts
April 17-18, 2010 Jacksonville, Florida Florida Theatre
April 22-25, 2010 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
April 27-28, 2010 Raleigh, North Carolina Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 30 – May 2, 2010 Charlotte, North Carolina Ovens Auditorium
May 4-9, 2010 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
May 11-16, 2010 Houston, Texas Verizon Wireless Theatre
May 20-23, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theater