Fort Worth — The 2017-2018 season for Jubilee Theatre has been announced, the second season to be selected by artistic director William (Bill) Earl Ray. You might remember last year I complained about Ray's season because only one of the six titles was by a black writer (August Wilson). This year, Ray seems to have settled in. There are only five mainstage productions, three musicals and two plays. The plays are by African-American women, Lydia R. Diamond and Dominque Morisseau, and the musicals—all revues—are black-created, and feature Motown or blues.
Jubilee has traditionally placed six mainstage shows in the season, and next year supplements the sixth slot with a spotlight music series, one featuring dueling divas and another dedicated to gospel. Jubilee will also bring in DeMille Cole-Heard performing his one-man show about soul great Al Green. The latter will be performed at the Scott Theatre.
A Motown Christmas
Created by Nate Jacobs
November 24 – December 24, 2017
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this Jubilee Theatre Christmas debut. Created in 2015 by Nate Jacobs–Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, this exciting family-fun musical is filled with your Christmas favorites from Motown, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5 … all performed in that unmistakable Jubilee Theatre style. Of all the holiday entertainment choices this year, A Motown Christmas is your best bet by far to get you into the Christmas Spirit!
By Dominique Morisseau
January 26 – February 25, 2018
50 years ago… 1967. The world is shifting for two siblings, who are running an after-hours joint in their basement to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, tensions mount when dreams diverge, their tight-knit community is threatened and the streets erupt in violence in this riveting play set to a driving 60’s Motown beat.
It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues
Book, Lyrics and Music by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and Dan Wheetman
Based on an original idea by Ron Taylor
March 16 – April 15, 2018
From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summons the true soul of American music. Over two dozen musical numbers are included, among them “I’m Your Hoochie-Coochie Man,” “Goodnight, Irene,” “Fever,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” Tony-Award nominated for Best Musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues has played to rave reviews all over the country and is cherished as an original American art form.
By Lydia R. Diamond
May 25 – June 24, 2018
The affluent, African-American LeVay family gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.
Blues in the Night
Conceived by Sheldon Epps
July 27 – August 26, 2018
Set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938, this incredible musical revue focuses on three women’s relationships with the same “snake-of-a-man” and their interweaving stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Alberta Hunter among others. Last performed on the Jubilee Theatre stage in 2010 and back by popular demand, this Tony-Award nominated musical features over twenty five songs with vocal arrangements designed to “bring down the house”!
Introducing the New Spotlight Music Series
Pick One – Pick Both!
For the 2017-2018 Season, in addition to the five Main Stage productions, subscribers can choose one production from the New Spotlight Music Series. Want to see both? … No problem! Choose one music performance from the series as part of the subscription price – choose both and pay only $25 per ticket to see the second show!
October 6-8, 2017
Experience the vocal pipes of singing Divas as they battle for the best performance of show-stopping solos. From blockbuster Broadway ballads, to hit songs from decades of popular music, everyone one of them is a winner in their own right… but only you will be the judge as to which Diva is your favorite!
October 20-22, 2017
Travel back in time for some of that old-time religion. A Gospel Singing Jubilee, filled with the heart and soul of cherished church favorites, sung by leading voices of the sacred music community of North Texas. You’ll sing, sway and clap your hands with joy… but you’ll only try to stay in your seat!
Exclusive Engagement – One Night Only
Scott Theatre – Fort Worth Community Arts Center*
Friday, November 10, 2017
Saturday Nights Sunday Mornings: The Story of Al Green
Written and performed by DeMille Cole-Heard
Torn between two worlds… one filled with sex, drugs and rock & roll… the other filled with the expectations of being the son of a preacher. This fascinating one-man play with music is about the life of soul singer Al Green and his battle with self-discovery, on the road to his ultimate redemption. What do you choose when you’re self-righteous on Sunday after being in the den of sin the night before? Sing your way from Saturday Night to Sunday morning in this story where truth and hope prevails.
*Ticket price includes reception party in Scott Theatre lobby following the performance.
Season ticket prices range from $99 - $250
and are now available online at www.jubileetheatre.org
or by calling the Box Office at 817-338-4411