SIMPLY SIMONE: THE MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE

March 23 – April 15, 2017

Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century, vocal powerhouse Nina Simone defied classification and defined a generation. This musical revue lays bare the rich legacy of an American icon whose work spans genres from jazz to gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll and features such definitive classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Heart-melting and hopeful, Simone’s spellbinding voice comes alive via four actresses in this incredibly soulful theatrical journey.

“An intriguing glimpse into the life of one of our most fascinating talents.” — BuffaloNews

ARTISTIC TEAM

Director and Choreographer Patdro Harris
Musical Director Chika Ma’atunde
Assistant to the Director Kameron Neal Kearce
Casting Director Clifton Guterman*
Set Designer Kat Conley
Costume Designer Marci Rodgers
Lighting Designer Mary Parker
Props Designer Maclare “MC” Park
Stage Manager Barbara Gantt O’Haley*

* Member of Actors’ Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

PRODUCTION NOTES

Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone is performed in two acts with one 15 minute intermission.

Written by
Robert Neblett and David Grapes

Musical Arrangements by
Vince diMura

Directed by
Patdro Harris

Musical Direction by
Chika Ma’atunde

CAST MEMBERS

Tina Fears*

Nina 3

Lydia Eku

u/s for Nina 1 and Nina 2

Vallea Woodbury

u/s for Nina 3 and Nina 4

PERFORMANCE DATES

Preview Performance March 23, 2017 7:30 pm
Preview Performance March 24, 2017 7:30 pm
Opening Night Performance March 25, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance March 26, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance March 29, 2017 7:30 pm
Evening Performance March 30, 2017 7:30 pm
Evening Performance March 31, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance with post-show Downtown Dialogue April 1, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance April 1, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance April 2, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance April 5, 2017 7:30 pm
Evening Performance April 6, 2017 7:30 pm
Evening Performance with Page to Stage Talk Back April 7, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance April 8, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance April 8, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance April 9, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance April 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance April 13, 2017 2:30 pm
Evening Performance April 13, 2017 7:30 pm
Evening Performance April 14, 2017 7:30 pm
Matinee Performance April 15, 2017 2:30 pm
Closing Performance April 15, 2017 7:30 pm

Community Partners:
AJC Decatur Book Festival, Compassionate Atlanta, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Downtown Dialogue – Post-Matinee
Saturday, April 1
Be downtown and join a panel of special, non-theatre guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show! Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production. Dialogue begins after a short break following the matinee and lasts one hour.

Macy’s Page to Stage Post-Show Talk Back
Friday, April 7
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production!