Just in time for the end of Black History Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month, Good Company Theatre happily presents You Bet Your Black Ass, Broadway: Divas Only Edition. Featuring Black women vocalists and actors from across the state, the second edition of this musical revue picks up where last year left off.
The American Musical tradition, like the United States itself, owes far more to Black folks than could ever be repaid. As if earning just 65 cents for every dollar a white male counterpart makes for equal work wasn’t insulting enough, Black women haven’t really been able to catch a break on Broadway or local stages either. You Bet Your Black Ass, Broadway gives voice to this struggle.
“For one weekend we’re letting Black women performers take center stage,” says Good Company Theatre Co-Director and show MC Alicia Washington. “We let these talented performers have it their way, singing songs in shows that never get produced, and songs they would never be cast to sing.”
The setlist includes songs from Purlie, In Dahomey, Bring It On: The Musical, The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, and more!
In addition to performances by Alicia Washington, You Bet Your Black Ass, Broadway: Divas Only Edition also features Daisy Allred (Saturday’s Voyeur, Caroline, Or Change), Quesley Ann Bunch (Aida), Olivia Lusk (Ragtime, Sister Act), Mack (Cinderella, Seussical The Musical), and Sibley Snowden (Sense and Sensibility, Caroline, Or Change).
The show features a live band, and runs 90 minutes with one intermission. There is some coarse language, and discretion is advised. Tickets are $20 at goodcotheatre.com or at the door before each performance.