A record producer from London comes to Montgomery, Alabama to record an album by Marty Roy, a rising musical star. Marty is the son of Joe Roy, a gospel star with a big personality. Marty does his best to distance himself from his father and create his own music and style.
The music in this show is fantastic. It’s rock and roll with a gospel flavor. The entire cast sings expertly supported by a full band on stage. It’s an impressive performance of 100 straight minutes of mostly music with no intermission. It’s a bit difficult to concentrate this long on the lyrics and it’s likely you’ll stop paying attention to the words and just feel the music at a few points. At a concert, this wouldn’t be an issue, but you could miss key points of the story. Thus, a break midway in the play would be a great addition.
Robert Cornelius (Rightlynd, Lottery Day) is fantastic as Joe Roy. He has such a good voice and such a strong presence that fits the character perfectly. Also, Gilbery Domally (Memphis) is excellent as Marty Roy. Just like his character, his is surely a rising star.
The writer of the play, STEW, recorded the music for this play with his band, The Negro Problem. It is available on Spotify. Check out “Why Do Black People Still Believe in G~d?” for a good sample of what this show is all about.
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