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55歳以上限定!ハーレム・ニューミュージカル「アライヴ!」

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ALIVE! 今この瞬間を生きる悦び

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出演者全員が55歳以上というユニークなミュージカルが「 ALIVE!」
「Mama I Want To Sing」で世界的に知られるママ・ファウンデーションが立ち上げた新作です。

一見、ハーレムのどこにでもいそうなオジさん、オバさんたちですが、半世紀以上生きていた彼らにはそれぞれ波瀾万丈の人生があります。このミュージカルのストーリーは出演者たちの実体験に基づいています。

若気の至りでドラッグにはまり、40年という長い刑を宣告され、獄中で女囚と結婚、刑期を終えてシャバに戻ってきたシオ・ハリス。「必ず帰ってくる。もういちど君を抱きしめたい……..。」という気持ち込め、「アンチェインド・メロディー」を歌い上げます。哀愁にみちた美しいメロディーの名曲です。

実はこの曲、1955年に公開された映画、「Unchained」のテーマ曲として作られました。歌詞の内容もシオの人生そのもの…….。主人公は服役中の男で、早く妻と子供に会いに帰りたい、脱走してしまおうか、それともきちんとお務めを果たすべきか悩みます。アンチェインドというのは、文字通り、鎖を解かれた、鎖に繋がれた状態から解放されたという意味です。

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「ひとりぼっちで過ごす長い年月、君のぬくもりが愛おしい……。必ず君のもとに帰るから、プリーズ・ウェイト・フォー・ミー……..」、40年間の思いを込めてシオ・ハリスが歌う「アンチェインド・メロディー」は実話だけに聞く人たちの心に訴えかけます。この曲はライチャス・ブラザースのバージョンが有名で、1990年のハリウッド映画、「ゴースト」のシーンでも使われリバイバル・ヒットしたので覚えている人もいるかと思います。

曲の最後に獄中結婚した奥さんのフィリス・ハリスが登場、ふたりで抱き合い喜びをかみしめます。40年経った今、シオは64歳、フィリスは61歳、諦めかけていた人生、叶わぬはずの夢が大きく花開き、生きる意欲が再び湧き上がります。まさに「アライヴ!」です。ハリス夫婦の感動が観客に伝わってきます。

アル中で50歳まで文盲だったマシュー・ブラウン50歳になってから学校に通い読み書きを習い、エッセイ・コンテストにみごと優勝……。たった一人の息子を失ったデボラ・ミンガム…….。生後2週間で母親に捨てられ孤児となり、いちども会うこともなく50数年生きてきたマシュー・バーク……….。さまざまな闘いを乗り越えてきたブラック・コミュニティの人たちの魂の叫びが舞台で炸裂します。

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ひとりひとりの人生を歌で綴ったハーレム・ミュージカルゴスペルあり、モータウンあり、ジャズあり、様々な音楽のスタイルを散りばめた人間ドラマが「アライヴ」です。生きているからこそこうして今を謳歌することができる……..。今この瞬間を生きる悦びを歌で表現したドキュメンタリー・タッチのミュージカルです。

出演者たちはいわゆる「しろうと」ですが、そのヴォーカル・パフォーマンスはプロに決してひけをとりません。圧巻です。希望と勇気を与えてくれるリアルなミュージカル、「アライヴ!」をぜひ体験して下さい。

ALIVE!」でフィーチャーしている主な曲:

Testimony

Glory, Glory

As Time Goes By (Theme Song for “Casablanca”)

I Will Always Love You (Original Artist: Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston)

Imagination (Original Artist: Gladys Knight And The Pips)

Unchained Melody (Original Artist: Righteous Brothers)

The Impossible Dream (Original Artist: Many including Elvis Presley and Jennifer Hudson)

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Neither One Of Us (Original Artist: Gladys Knight And The Pips)

The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (Original Artist: Gladys Knight And The Pips)

Georgia On My Mind (Original Artist: Ray Charles)

She Works Hard For Money (Original Artist: Donna Summer)

Slow Hand (Original Artist: The Pointer Sisters)

If I Could (Original Artist: Regina Belle)

Take Me To The King (Original Artist: Tamela Mann)

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THE MAMA FOUNDATION – Fall 2013 スケジュール:

Saturday Oct. 12th WE ARE! @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 19th ALIVE! @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 26th MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday, Nov. 2nd ALIVE! @ 5:00 pm

Saturday Nov. 9th MAMA @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 16th SING, HARLEM, SING @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 23rd MAMA @ 2:00pm WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

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Over 55 Years Old Only:Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents ALIVE!

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Come check out Mama Foundation’s  latest production, Alive! It will inspire you!

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Yes, We are “ALIVE!”

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents ALIVE!, an original musical featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over.

“Real people, telling real stories!” Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and her husband Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, ALIVE! is currently performing in repertory on Saturday afternoons at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.).

The cast of ALIVE! is comprised of everyday, “ordinary” citizens from all walks of life; people with amazing talent, who never realized their desire to perform live. Each cast member now has the opportunity to take center stage, proving that it’s never too late to live a dream.

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One of the highlights of the show is when Theo Harris confessed that he was associated with people like pimps, drug-dealers and gangsters and became a drug addict. He ended up serving 40 years in prison and met a woman there and married. The song Theo performed was “Unchained Melody” the theme song for 1955’s film titled “Unchained,” a story of a convict in a medium-security prison who is torn between his need to finish his sentence and get back to his wife and family, and his desire to escape the confines of prison.

♪♪Oh my love my darling/I’ve hungered for your touch…….I’ll be coming home wait for me……..♪ At the end of his song he reunited with his wife in real life, Phyllis Harris and hugged each other……..Alive!

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ALIVE! features a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music – songs that served as a soundtrack for this generation. Through the music and through authentic stories and testimonies, the ALIVE! cast tell how it used to be, and how life could be going forward . . . at any age. They are ALIVE! . . . and kickin.’

The cast of ALIVE! features Num H.S. Amun’Tehu, Deborah Bingham, Donna Love Brown, Matthew Brown, Matthew Burke, Robin Campos, Robin Crudup, Gladys DeJesus Mitchell, Darlene Eklou, Phyllis Harris, Theo Harris, GloRia Jones, Susie Jones, Sahron Patrick, Roberta Ross, Ricardo Vega, Renee Walker, Pamela White, and Hugh Wright.

ALIVE! has music direction by Greg Kelly and musical staging/choreography by Elijah Ahmad Lewis.

ALIVE! is performed at The Dempsey Theater in repertory along with other Mama Foundation for the Arts shows: WE ARE! A World Premiere musical created by Ms. Higginsen and Mr. Wydro.

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THE MAMA FOUNDATION – Fall 2013 Schedule:

Saturday Oct. 12th WE ARE! @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 19th ALIVE! @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 26th MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday, Nov. 2nd ALIVE! @ 5:00 pm

Saturday Nov. 9th MAMA @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 16th SING, HARLEM, SING @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 23rd MAMA @ 2:00pm WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

We Are! & Alive!ハーレムで新作ミュージカル2作品初演!

gospel for teensWe Are! & Alive!

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ミュージカル・イン・ハーレム

ハーレム生まれのハーレム育ち、今もハーレムでロングランを誇るミュージカル「Mama, I Want To Sing」のクリエーターがこの秋に新作ミュージカル2作品、 「We Are!」と 「Alive!」をほぼ同時にオープンします。いずれも「 Mama,」同様、ゴスペル音楽中心に構成されています。

出演者がティーンばかりの若さみなぎる「We Are!」、そしてパフォーマー全員が55歳以上という熟年ばかりの「Alive!」、どちらもパワフルなエネルギーが炸裂する楽しいミュージカルです。初日は10月5日(土)夕方5時より人生の後半を謳歌しているベテラン・エンターティナーたちがはじける「アライヴ」を上演。元気がでること請け合いです!

THE MAMA FOUNDATION – IN REPERTORY AT THE DEMPSEY – FALL 2013 SCHEDULE

Saturday Oct. 5th ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 12th WE ARE! @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 19th MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 26th ALIVE! @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 2nd MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 9th MAMA @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 16th SING, HARLEM, SING @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 23rd MAMA! @ 2:00pm WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 30th Gospel for Teens End of Semester Holiday Concerts (times TBD)

詳細 www.mamafoundation.org

New Harlem Musical – We Are! & Alive!

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! & ALIVE!

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The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces that two new musicals will open Off-Broadway this fall in Harlem: WE ARE!, an original musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir (first seen in an Emmy Award-Winning “60 Minutes” story), and ALIVE!, an original musical featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over.

Both WE ARE! and ALIVE!, conceived, written and directed by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, will join MAMA, I WANT TO SING: THE NEXT GENERATION and SING HARLEM SING in Repertory at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). Performances for ALIVE! begin on Saturday, October 5th.

THE MAMA FOUNDATION – IN REPERTORY AT THE DEMPSEY – FALL 2013 SCHEDULE

Saturday Oct. 5th ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 12th WE ARE! @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 19th MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Oct. 26th ALIVE! @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 2nd MAMA @ 2:00pm; WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 9th MAMA @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 16th SING, HARLEM, SING @ 2:00pm; ALIVE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 23rd MAMA! @ 2:00pm WE ARE! @ 5:00pm

Saturday Nov. 30th Gospel for Teens End of Semester Holiday Concerts (times TBD)

www.mamafoundation.org