The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Skin & gets her cast at Stratford East

16 Dec
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Cast - including Karis Jack and Sophia Mackay as young and old Viveca, the title character - have been announced for the London premiere production of award-winning Off-Broadway musical THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN, which opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February.

Theatre Royal Stratford East and Belgrade Coventry Theatre has announced the cast for Kirsten Childs’ award-winning Off-Broadway musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. The London premiere production runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 1 February to 11 March 2017, with a press night on 8 February.

Josette Bushell-Mingo directs Matt Dempsey (Director Bob/Policeman), Llandyll Gove (Cosmic/Prince), Karis Jack (Young Viveca), Ashley Joseph (Lucas), Sophia Mackay (Older Viveca), Jay Marsh (Gregory), Jessica Pardoe (Chitty Chatty/Miss Pain/Scarlett), Trevor A Toussaint (Daddy), Sharon Wattis (Mommy) and Shelley Williams (Granny/Yolanda/Nilda).

A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright African American girl from a black middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer.

Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith and discovers her self-worth.

This award-winning Off-Broadway musical is a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day, with an original score fusing Motown, pop and R&B – think Sondheim meets Beyoncé!