Bob Marley musical to debut in 2015

Reggae legend Bob Marley’s life story is set to be adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere in 2015. The Jamaican music icon is the subject of a new musical called Marley, and the production will debut at Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland next May (15).
The show, directed and written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, will feature some of Marley’s most notable songs, including Exodus and Rastaman Vibration.
Marley will focus on his life in Jamaica between 1975 and 1978 as well as his self-imposed exile in London, where he recorded albums Exodus and Kaya.
Kwei-Armah tells the New York Times that he’s doesn’t want the production to be another traditional jukebox musical, but rather one that tells a story and portrays a pivotal time in the singer’s life.
He explains, “We have maybe 20 songs, but I’ve tried to make them come out of what I perceive to be an integrity that Bob would demand. It’s not, Here are some songs and how can I link them with some drama. There is an investigation into the man’s life, between him putting his life on the line and going into self-imposed exile for 18 months and while there, recording two of his biggest albums.”
Casting has yet to be announced. Marley is slated to run from 6 May to 14 June (15).

by WENN

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