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Since its premiere mounting in 2002 at New Jersey’s famed McCarter Theatre, Regina Taylor’s musical celebration of African-American churchgoing ladies has played many important theatrical venues — D.C.’s Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre, etc. While its anecdotal structure suggests that it’s a revue, Crowns provides a foundational story about a young woman whose mother exiles her from a dangerous urban environment to live with rural South Carolina relatives. There she encounters a Sunday tradition where the mature women of the community dress in their finest clothes and sport elaborate hats in a “peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.” The gospel score draws on traditional African-American musical forms that hearken back to the days of slavery, such as the field holler and ring shout, plus more immediately familiar genres such as spirituals (“Go Down, Moses,” “Deep River” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”), country blues, jazz and rap. Nashville finally adds its name to the list of “crowned” municipalities with its own production, co-directed by Ted Swindley and Mary McCallum, with music by Randy Craft, costumes by Roxie Rogers and a promising cast featuring Tamiko Robinson, LaToya Gardner and Nick Oldham (the show’s lone male).
— Martin Brady


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