STAGE TUBE: MARLEY Penn and North Concert Video
The world premiere production of MARLEY, the first original musical based on both the life and music of Bob Marley, began rehearsals March 24 at Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland. MARLEY is now running through June 14. Check out scenes from the Penn and North concert below!
International singing sensation Mitchell Brunings has been cast to play Bob Marley.
This will be the first-ever stage production to feature both the music and life story of Bob Marley. The musical entwines many of Marley's beloved songs with the story of a critical moment in his life in a production that honors the life of this visionary musician and activist. A cast of more than two dozen actors play Marley's family, friends, fellow artists and political leaders, bringing to the theatrical stage the fascinating and little-known story of the moment that Marley became an icon.
Through an agreement with Blue Mountain Music and Tuff Gong Pictures, Marley will feature music composed by Bob Marley-including, among others, songs from Exodus, Kaya, and Rastaman Vibration, which were written during the period in which the production is set.
The cast features: Kena Anae* as Carly Barrett, Mitchell Brunings* as Bob Marley, Luke Forbes* as Tek Life, John Patrick Hayden* as Chris Blackwell, Khetanya Jati Henderson* as Diane Jobson, David Heron* as Tony Welsh,Jonathan Hooks* as Family Man, Crystal Joy* as Judy Mowatt, Mykal Kilgore* as Stevie Wonder, Michael Luwoye* as Peter Tosh, John-Andrew Morrison* as Claudie Massop, Ano Okera* as Don Letts, Howard W. Overshown* as Michael Manley, Shayne Powell* as Malakai, Michael Rogers* as Rasta Elder, Saycon Sengbloh* as Rita Marley,Jaime Lincoln Smith* as Neville Garrick, Damian Thompson* as Bunny Wailer, Michaela Waters* as Cindy Breakspeare, Susan Kelechi Watson* as Marcia Griffiths, and Don Guillory* as Don Taylor.
In the ensemble are Christopher Dews, Tracey Farrar, Gary Kayi Fletcher, Victoria Harper, Bill Hurlbut, Kyle A. Jackson, Jeff Kirkman III, Mawk, Allison McLean, Marili Mejias, and Olu Butterfly Woods.
On the production team are: Kenny Seymour, Music Supervisor, Arranger/Orchestrator; Jason Michael Webb
Music Director, Additional Arrangments/ Orchestrations; Germaul Barnes, Choreographer; Neil Patel, Scenic Designer; ESOSA, Costume Designer; Michelle Habeck, Lighting Designer; Shane Rettig, Sound Designer; Alex Koch, Projection Designer; J. Jared Janas, Wigs/Hair/Makeup Designer; Gavin Witt and Catherine María Rodríguez, Production Dramaturgs; Oskar Eustis, Dramaturg; Geoffrey Kent, Fight Director; Samantha Godfrey, Acting Coach to Mr. Brunings; Leigh Wilson Smiley, Vocal Coach; Ano Okera, Dialect Coach; Paloma McGregor, Associate Director; Khetanya Jati Henderson, Dance and Fight Captain; Pat McCorkle, Casting Director; Suzette Newman and Chris Blackwell for Stageplay Ltd., Producers; Jessica R. Jenen, General Manager; Lloyd Davis, Jr.*, Stage Manager;Gwendolyn M. Gilliam*, Assistant Stage Manager; and Kayla Whisman and Marian Jackson, Stage Management Interns.
Bob Marley is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th Century. In the digital era, Marley has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page now surpassing 69 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. His music catalog has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide since 1992 and his accolades continue, including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to gain worldwide fame. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mystical proportions, no artist has so dominated his genre in the history of modern music as Marley has reggae. For more information on Bob Marley, visit: www.bobmarley.com.