A proper biographical play shows the defining moments in a person's life, mercifully glossing over college years spent partying and months spent watching grass grow. Witness distilled scenes with this GrouponLive deal to see The Sensational Josephine Baker presented by the Emerging Artists Theatre at the Beckett Theatre. All tickets are for best-available seating at the time of purchase. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get one ticket (up to a $69.25 value, including fees).
- For $60, you get two tickets (up to a $138.50 value, including fees).
Tickets are valid for any performance from Tuesday, June 19, to Thursday, August 2, with showtimes including:
- Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
- Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
- Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.
- Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Sundays at 3 p.m.
Paris in the Jazz Age was a time and a place that evokes romanticized visions of Fitzgerald writing, Hemingway drinking, and Josephine Baker dancing. Though the former two artists’ Parisian lives have been well documented, Josephine Baker––perhaps for a time the most famous American living in Paris––has garnered considerably less attention. To mend this, writer and performer Cheryl Howard takes to the stage at Beckett Theatre in her one-woman musical play, The Sensational Josephine Baker.
From her days as a young girl playing hooky in her hometown of St. Louis, to her final performance singing and dancing at the Bobino Theatre in Paris, Josephine's life unfolds through the skilled performance of Howard. Heather Violanti of NYTheatre.com remarks how Howard "tackles many of the contradictions inherent in Josephine's life—contrasting Josephine's efforts to reject her black identity with her passionate commitment to civil rights, her fierce independence coupled with a desperate need to be loved." To achieve this, Ms. Howard embodies friends and foes, from racist American critics to a spiteful mother to an uplifting grandma with hugs capable of melting igloos made of grinch hearts. Songs such as “Me Revoila” and “Sonny Boy” signpost different stops on Josephine’s journey through some of the 20th century's most historical moments: the Harlem Renaissance in New York City and the Nazi occupation of Paris during WWII.