The Bubbly Black Girl

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Theatre Royal Stratford East

A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright African American girl from a black middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer. Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith and discovers her self-worth. This award-winning off-Broadway musical is a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day, with an original score fusing Motown, pop and R&B – think Sondheim meets Beyoncé!

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Book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs
Theatre Royal Stratford East and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Josette Bushell-Mingo
Songs by:
Kirsten Childs
Chris Davey
Andrew Johnson
Rosa Maggiora
Mykal Rand
Cast list:
Matt Dempsey (Director Bob/Policeman), Llandyll Gove (Cosmic/Prince), Karis Jack (Young Viveca), Ashley Joseph (Lucas), Sophia Mackay (Older Viveca), Jay Marsh (Gregory), Jessica Pardoe (Chitty Chatty/Miss Pain/Scarlett), Trevor A Toussaint (Daddy), Sharon Wattis (Mommy) and Shelley Williams (Granny/Yolanda/Nilda).
Other info:
Musical Director: Jordan Li-Smith

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Our The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Review

As the musical charm of LA has recently been embraced in full saccharine technicolor by the hit film 'La La Land' Kristen Childs' well meaning yet somewhat tepid musical about a young girl's battle with self identity offers a more diverse representation of the 'city of stars' yet somehow doesn't go far enough to act as an antidote to its peppy verve and quiet optimism.

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