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My Brother Marvin
Zeola “Zee” Gaye toured with her brother Marvin in the late 1970s and early 1980s, singing backup on his hit “Got to Give it Up,” performing as a dancer, and acting as his personal assistant. Their relationship inspired My Brother Marvin, a glimpse into the life of the seminal R&B singer, his struggles with addiction, and his untimely death, all filtered through her intimate perspective.
An all-star cast pays homage to the music legend, including Lynn Whitfield—winner of an Emmy for her titular role in The Josephine Baker Story—and frequent Tyler Perry contributor Tony Grant, who portrays Gaye in his 20s. Although the play delves into the tumult of the singer’s struggles, it also explores his tender relationship with recurrent duet partner Tammi Terrell before her untimely death in 1970. The actors perform with palpable chemistry, solidifying the assertion of Lia Grant, who plays Terrell: “when the two of them were onstage, nobody else existed.”
Glimpses of the State Theatre’s origins as a vaudeville house can still be seen in its ornate auditorium. Gilded box seats and gold-lined Corinthian columns draw the eyes up toward the vaulted ceiling, then over to the deep-red curtain. Behind that crimson veil, all manner of acts await to entertain audiences seated in row upon row of plush seats stretching all the way to the balcony and into the theater’s bathroom. An all-star lineup of entertainment greats have graced the historic stage, such as Abbott and Costello, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire.