The critically acclaimed musical JA Story, which reenacts pivotal moments in Jamaican history heads to London’s Broadway Theatre later this month.
JA Story recreates key historical moments throughout the centuries, from slavery through to independence and beyond, noting the icons of those eras which is blended with a vast array musical styles that have been influenced by the muliti-cultural culture, that has made Jamaica what it is today!! The cast includes both veterans and newcomers with expertise in acting, song, dance.
The list of historical characters and modern day legends include , Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, Nanny of the Maroons, Mary Seacole, Marcus Garvey Bob Marley, Usain Bolt and more.
Also featured is a Brit with a longstanding Jamaican connection, novelist Ian Fleming. It was at his Goldeneye estate in Oracabessa Jamaica that Fleming came up with the James Bond character. Welsh born Captain Morgan who rose to become Governor of the Island and Her Majesty Queen Victoria are other non-Jamaicans whose influence on the island did not go unnoticed.
Of course being a musical, everything the dialogue is colored with song and dance.Jamaican Cultural icon Count Prince Miller, who had a number hit with his signature tune Mule Train, lends his considerable personality to this evocative show. Like the historical footnotes see in the play the audience will also find the gamut of Jamaican sound from Ska to Rock Steady to mento to dance hall and even the influential sounds of American R&B, blues and pop.
The play’s director is JD Douglas, the artistic director of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary cultural extravaganza and salute to the Jamaican Olympic athletes at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in July 2012.
JA Story will be at the Broadway Theatre Catford London SE6 4RU on Sunday 28 October 2012.
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m
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