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 to see Mama, I Want to Sing, presented by The Mama Foundation for the Arts at the Dempsey Theater. For $30, you get two tickets for seating at a show (up to a $70 value). Performances take place at 5 p.m. every Saturday through May 11.
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.