MUSICAL: Cedella Marley
A BOOK written by the daughter of Bob Marley is to be turned into a musical in America.
Three Little Birds, which will feature music and lyrics by the reggae legend, is the brainchild of Cedella, his first-born daughter, and will enjoy its world premiere at the Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) in Maryland's historic Glen Echo Park next week (March 15).
The show features three little birds singing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the TV in his room.
Ziggy's tricky friend Nansi wants him to get out and enjoy the island nation of Jamaica. But, Ziggy is afraid of hurricane, mongoose and evil spirits. The worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of Marley.
Directed by Nick Olcott and adapted for the stage by ATMTC's producing artistic director, Michael J. Bobbitt, Three Little Birds brings to life not only a beautiful story, but an Afro-Caribbean culture and music that heavily influenced African-American music in the mid-1900s and continues to influence it today.
Three Little Birds is the third of ATMTC's African-American Adventure Series. The second of this series, The Snowy Day, is nominated for Outstanding Production Theatre for Young Audiences, in the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards.
"Jamaica may be a small island nation, but its presence has been felt globally, especially in America. We have been so blessed to have support from Cedella Marley, who was amazing to work with on this project and allowed us to introduce her words and her father's music to a new generation," said Bobbit.
Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organisation, Adventure Theatre MTC in 2012.
ATMTC aims to cultivate new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theatre training.