A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why Method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal for general admission for two to a musical-theater performance at The Mama Foundation for the Arts. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get two tickets to Mama, I Want to Sing, showing at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday through December 15 (up to a $70 value).
- For $30, you get two tickets to Sing Harlem Sing!, showing at 1 p.m. on select Saturdays through December 15 (up to a $70 value).
The Mama Foundation for the Arts keeps alive a gospel and soul legacy, as the family Higginsen tells the story of the late Doris Troy, the singer-songwriter behind “Just One Look”. Doris starred as her own mother in the original 1983 run of Mama, I Want to Sing, and today her niece Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson fills her shoes as a traditional gospel singer hoping to break into the world of pop music. Doris’s mother won’t abide her daughter’s brazen dream of breaking into the world of secular music, and the two grapple to reach a mutual understanding while performing an original gospel and soul soundtrack. The songs offer something for everybody, from the bellowing barnburner “Faith Can Move a Mountain” to the dire warning of “What Do You Win When You Win?” to Doris and Mama’s titular duet. The long-running musical has in the past starred such musical mavens as Desiree Coleman, Shirley Caesar, and Chaka Khan.
Sing Harlem Sing! germinated at the Apollo in 2008, and took off on a tour of Japan shortly thereafter. Familiar songs from all over the radio dial pop up in this multigenre vocal showcase. A flock of singers in shiny orange robes takes the stage for gospel tunes such as “Do You Know Him?” and “Faith.” A bow-tied Chuck Berry–channeler boogies through “Go, Johnny Go!” and a faux Gladys Knight joins a tuxedo-sporting pseudo Pips to sing “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Al Green, Ben E. King, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin all make appearances in a musical tapestry that vaults from the low valleys of despair to the high emotional peaks of finding your keys without really looking that hard for them.