Sistas: The Musical

Theatre
Name: St. Luke's Theatre
Address: 308 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Production Details
First performance date: September 29, 2011
Opening date: October 23, 2011
Links: Official Website
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Production Description
Sistas is an uplifting musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American family. Based on a series of interviews conducted with black women over a six-year period, using a playlist of songs made famous by artists that include Billie Holiday, Lena Horn, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé and others, this musical tells of the struggles, the joys and the triumphs of being black and of being a woman in America.

Told through the life and experiences of one woman and the women in her family, the story easily segues from the days of Jim Crow to the present and covers a range of topics from segregation, the women's movement to the meaning of love and control. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time -- "Strange Fruit," "Society's Child," "'Taint Nobody's Business;" to expressions of self-worth and independence - "I Am Not My Hair" by India.Arie, Alicia Keyes' "A Woman's Worth," "Golden" by Jill Scott and, Erykah Badu's "Tyrone."

In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Hinton Battle Producer
Jenkay LLC Producer
William Franzblau Executive Producer
Edward Staudenmayer Associate Director
  
Dorothy Marcic Author
  
Kenneth Ferrone Director
Nicholas Cheng Musical Director
  
Lauren Lim Jackson Choreographer
Renee Marino Associate Choreographer
  
Josh Iacovelli Set Designer
Tricia Barsamian Costume Designer
Kia Rogers Lighting Designer
  
Lisa Dozier King General Manager
Sam Mattingly Press Representative
SM Communications Press Representative
  
Joshua Quinn Production Stage Manager
Josh Iacovelli Assistant Stage Manager
  
Germono Toussaint Additional Musical Arrangements
Matt Cusack Bass
Nicholas Cheng Keyboards
Brian Adler Percussion
  
Hofstetter + Partners/Agency 212 Advertising
Jamibeth Margolis Casting Casting
Leanne Schanzer Promotions, Inc. Marketing

Cast
Actor Role
Jennifer Fouche Roberta
Amy Goldberger Heather
Tracey Conyer Lee Gloria
April Nixon Simone
Lexi Rhoades Tamika