Photo Flash: Regina Taylor, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Marva Hicks, Lori Tan Chinn And More Celebrate OO-BLA-DEE Opening Night At Two River
Two River Theater presents Oo-Bla-Dee, written by Regina Taylor, featuring original lyrics by Taylor and original music by composer/orchestrator Diedre L. Murray, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The choreography is by Kenneth L. Roberson and the music direction is by George Caldwell, with vocal arrangements by Carol Maillard.
Two River Theater celebrated the opening night performance of Oo-Bla-Dee last night in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. The run continues through June 30. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. Scroll down for photos of the celebration.
Oo-Bla-Dee follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. On this trip toward freedom the latest member of the group, sax player Gin Del Sol, must wrestle with the complex timing of the music as well as the complicated times in which she lives.
The company includes Marva Hicks as Evelyn Waters, Amber Iman as Luna C, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Shorty, Monica J. Palmer as Ruby, Cedric Sanders as Arthur/Soldier, Stacey Sargeant as Lulu, Allison Semmes as Gin Del Sol, and Chesney Snow as the Vocal Foley. The band consists of George Caldwell (conductor/piano), Corinthia Cromwell (saxophone), Eli Fountain (percussion) and Mimi Jones (bass).
The creative team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jane Cox, sound designer Jane Shaw, and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. The copyist is Kevin Massey and the wig designer is J. Jared Janas. The casting is by Binder Casting/Chad Eric Murnane, CSA. The assistant stage manager is Larry Copeland and the production stage manager is Mark Dobrow.
Photo Credit: Lia Chang
OO-BLA-DEE Playwright Regina Taylor
The cast and band of OO-BLA-DEE: Mimi Jones, Eli Fountain, Chesney Snow, Amber Iman, Allison Semmes, Cedric Sanders, Marva Hicks, Monica J. Palmer, Stacey Sargeant, Corinthia Cromwell, Stanley Wayne Mathis and George Caldwell
Seated: Choreographer Kenneth L. Roberson, Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Standing: (L-R) Marva Hicks, Carol Maillard, Mimi Jones, Allison Semmes, Eli Fountain, Stacey Sargeant, Amber Iman, Sanders, Music Director George Caldwell, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Corinthia Cromwell, Chesney Snow and Monica J. Palmer
Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The company of Regina Taylor's OO-BLA-DEE during the opening night curtain call at Two River Theater.
Marva Hicks and her husband, Akwasi Taha
Monica J. Palmer
Monica J. Palmer
Regina Taylor and a guest
Lori Minor and Amber Iman