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A Woman’s Songbook Musical Theatre for AATC 24

A Woman’s Songbook, the musical theatre production initially staged in 2018 to rave reviews, returns to the stage for theatre night at the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. The production opens the Art and The City Calendar of Events on May 1st at the National Cultural Centre at 8:00 p.m. The 2018 edition was produced by Claudia Edward, with the concept and script by Adrian Augier and Drenia Frederick, and musical direction by Kenson Hippolyte.

The 2024 production, dubbed the Jazz Edition produced by Adrian Augier, sees the music reimagined primarily in the jazz genre, promising an unforgettable fusion of Caribbean storytelling and the vocal artistry of the lead actors. The drama is anchored by a stellar cast of acclaimed vocalists and features Dianna Phillip, Darlene Anius, Claudia Edward, and Akella Jervel Xavier.

Claudia “The Diva” Edward holds down a lead role alongside her role as assistant producer.

Kenson Hippolyte returns as musical director, with well-known theatre director and former Saint Lucia Arts Guild actor Alvin Hippolyte as director. This executive ensemble brings together a wealth of creative expertise, promising a production that crosses social boundaries and resonates deeply with audiences.

Set against the backdrop of contemporary Caribbean life, A Woman’s Songbook, the Jazz Edition, offers a compelling snapshot of four resilient women navigating the complexities of everyday existence. Hardened by life’s trials yet determined to persevere, each character grapples with the consequences of past choices while yearning for love and respect. Their narratives intertwine seamlessly, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences and poignant memories expressed through soul-stirring songs.

According to Augier, audiences can expect approximately 90 minutes of scripted dialogue and performed music featuring the work of five iconic singers: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Gladys Knight.

“Recorded soliloquies and projected images bridge the scenes, complementing and counterpointing the action. The  audience is in for an immersive theatrical experience that will resonate long after the curtain falls”, he said.

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