On Stage: Church Girl

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    We elevate and edify our purpose when we support others who are called to tell the story of followers. In the next few weeks a brand new play will be hitting the road.

    Church Girl tells the story of Emily Franklin, the seemingly wholesome daughter of a prominent pastor, who is seduced by the charms of a worldly life.  Emily is hiding a very shocking secret and like all things evil, it is festering.  Emily has been working diligently to cover up the dark choices she has made, but when her secret is exposed, events take a dramatic turn and skeletons coming crashing out of her closet.  Everyone wants to know what could push a quintessential church girl to turn her back on everything she has been taught.

    Produced by Ladies First Entertainment and Sweetpro Presents, this uplifting new musical drama features soul-stirring gospel music, while it bravely peeks into a part of the entertainment world that has been, until now, considered taboo.

    Church Girl infuses the magic of phenomenal music, a cast of colorful characters, and amazing dance performances to take audiences on an unforgettable ride through the pains and pleasures of tasting the “forbidden fruit” to the ultimate height of redemption.

    National playwright and producer – Angela Barrow-Dunlap is the creator of many hit stage plays.  One of her most popular, If These Hips Could Talk, starred legendary actor Billy Dee Williams and Tichina Arnold from the hit sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. Barrow-Dunlap also wrote and produced Zeola Gaye’s dramatic musical My Brother

    Marvin as well as one of the highest grossing urban stage plays of all time, Why Good Girls Like Bad Boyz.

    Barrow-Dunlap’s new musical, Church Girl, brings together some of the film, television and music world’s hottest stars on one stage for one unforgettable production.  Leading the cadre of characters is one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses, Robin Givens, who gained critical acclaim as “Jacqueline” in the hit movie Boomerang who most recently starred in the blockbuster movie Family That Preys; Grammy Award-winning gospel powerhouse Karen Clark Sheard of the legendary Clark Sisters; A’ngela Winbush, R&B soul-singer/songwriter who first rose to fame in the 1980’s duo Rene and A’ngela, then went on to score hits as a solo artist; actress Demetria McKinney from the NAACP Image Award-winning television series House of Payne; debonair actor Sean Blakemore from the movies Motives I and II and Drew Sidora from television’s That’s So Raven and The Game. The show also features play circuit powerhouses and theatre veterans including Tony Grant, Wanda Nero-Butler, Gia Wyre and Teisha Lott.

    Church Girl’s Spring Tour Schedule is as follows:

    March 23-28, 2010      Detroit, MI            Music Hall

    April 1-4, 2010             Detroit MI             Music Hall

    April 8-11, 2010           Cleveland, OH     State Theatre

    April 13-14, 2010         Orlando, FL          Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

    April 15-16, 2010         Columbia, SC      Koger Center for the Arts

    April 17-18, 2010         Jacksonville, FL  Florida Theatre

    April 22-25, 2010         Baltimore, MD     Lyric Opera House

    April 27-28, 2010         Raleigh, NC        Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

    April 30 – May 2, 2010 Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium

    May 4-9, 2010             Washington, DC  Warner Theatre

    May 11-16, 2010         Houston, TX        Verizon Wireless Theatre

    May 20-23, 2010         Chicago, IL           Arie Crown Theater

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