Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kevin Spacey Foundation New York Music Festival Grant Winner The Goree All-String Band is a New Musical about Redemption from Behind Bars - See It At The 2017 New York Music Festival

What is the Goree All-String Band? 

First, it's the winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Musical Theater Artist of Choice Grant for the New York Music Festival.

Second it's a new musical that's about something quite unique. A bunch of women in the year 1928 making music. Behind bars. Who did not know how to play music. To get out. And, it's inspired by a a true story.

Back in 1938 when people were huddled around the family radio the Goree All-Girl String Band was what people were listening to in Texas. The band was composed of female inmates, we're not talking Orange is the New Black, but inmates who wanted to get out and saw music as their path to freedom. Do they succeed?

The new musical features an original country score, by Artie Sievers.  Based on a book by Michael Bradley Block, he also wrote the lyrics.

"I wrote this musical because it was a story that was never told and translated perfectly into musical theater. Country music is all about storytelling and that's what we set out to do. It's important to tell this story now because we're giving voices to those who need it. Everyone deserves to hope and get a second chance." - Michael Bradley Block

If you're looking for an inspiring tale of women before the women's movement, and like musicals, do si do on down to the New York Music Festival. Performances are in NYC at the Acorn Theater as follows:

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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