One Love: The Bob Marley Musical for British Stage


“One Love: The Bob Marley Musical” will premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theater Company (in association with Playful Productions and Stage Play Limited) in the United Kingdom this year. The musical, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, will begin performances March 10, 2017, at Birmingham Repertory Theater for a run through April 8. Caribbean 360 reports:

Actor, playwright, broadcaster and singer Kwame Kwei-Armah will direct the musical that he previously wrote and premiered at Baltimore Center Stage, where he is artistic director. “Few artistes have had as big an effect on the world as Bob Marley. Even fewer as big an effect on me,” he said. “I feel continually blessed and honoured to dance with Bob in this way.”

Cedella Marley, the reggae legend’s daughter, is elated that the musical will be performed in an area where her famous father had a large following. “On behalf of the Marley family, I am thrilled that our father’s story is going to be brought to the stage with this production,” she said in a statement. “Birmingham is a natural place for its UK premiere. With its great mix of cultures, it’s a city where my father performed to audiences that were captivated by his presence, and we have no doubt that telling the story through music to a new generation in Birmingham will be part of his continuing legacy.”

Presented in cooperation with the Marley family and Tuff Gong Pictures LP, and developed with the support of Blue Mountain Music, the musical tells the story of Marley’s rise from Third World star to global icon. It also shows his influence in bringing peace to politically divided Jamaica in the 1970s. [. . .]

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