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  Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through The Light at Black Ensemble Theater

Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through The Light

Black Ensemble Theater
4450 N. Clark Street Chicago

Mahalia Jackson was considered the greatest gospel singer in the world. Her deep rich voice made her an international star. We learn through this riveting tribute to her life that she not only sang the Gospel, she lived the Gospel. This musical tribute will feature many of her classics including "Precious Lord," "How Great Thou Art," "Move on up a Little Higher," and "I Believe," to name a few.

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm



Price: $55-$65

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-769-4451

Running Time: 2hrs

www.blackensembletheater.org


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  Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through The Light Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...But it’s Mahalia’s afterlife, and she’ll sing what she wants to. Backed by the five-piece BET band under the direction of Robert Reddrick, “Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through the Light” casts a warm glow of hope and love, while showing that sometimes an artist tells you their story more by how they sing and move than by what they say."
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Kerry Reid


Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Once Jackson sets out for Chicago at age 14, "Mahalia" drops the curtain on her life. There's no journey, no connection between the impoverished child who fled an abusive home and the superstar who drew upward of 50,000 people to her New Orleans funeral services. The only thing we learn about Jackson's music is that it wasn't always received well by church folk who believed her jazz-influenced stylings had no place in the house of the Lord."
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Catey Sullivan


Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The Black Ensemble's current show, focusing on gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, follows this formula exactly. For two hours, the gospel hits keep coming: "How Great Thou Art," "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and "Didn't It Rain" are just three of the hits Robin DaSilva belts out in her superb impersonation of Jackson, accompanied by an ensemble of nine other fabulous singers and a superb band lead by music director Robert Reddrick."
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Jack Helbig


Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"..."Mahalia Jackson: Moving Thru The Light" is a 'what if' play, according to Taylor. The play provides insight into the spiritual world and Mahalia's level of understanding regarding what happened in her life through memories and reflections. Guided by three Masters who are there to help her elevate to the next level, where she can finally come face to face with God, Mahalia sings and dances with the Masters to some of her greatest songs."
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Rick and Brenda McCain


Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Mahalia Jackson singing her heart out on TV was the first time I ever heard gospel music. I was raised Catholic, so I was used to Gregorian chant and songs sung in Latin. Gospel was something so out of my bailiwick it was almost it might have been foreign. When I heard real people singing – and clapping and dancing while they sang that gospel music, I was blown away! One of my favorite memories – videotaping a concert by a gospel choir in Gary – an OMG experience. My point, I love gospel music."
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Carol Moore


WTTW - Recommended

"...The essential aspects of Jackson's biography emerge quite seamlessly in this show that is written and directed by Taylor, with the usual super music direction of Robert Reddrick and his formidable band, and cameos by a strong ensemble of six."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The Masters are terrific singers, as well. Stewart Romeo, Dwight Neal and, especially, Cynthia F. Carter sing original songs by Jackie Taylor, including “You Are Not in Heaven” and “Listen.” They also provide backup for many of the other numbers. The six Guardians, who make up the melodic heavenly ensemble, while also playing supporting characters from Ms. Jackson’s life, include Clara Flaherty, Brandon Lavell, Lorriane Lewis, Colleen Perry, Rose Marie Simmons and Levi Stewart. This production is a religious experience in every way, musically supported by Robert Reddrick’s musical direction and his five-member combo accompaniment. The show raises a joyful noise by saluting the musical gifts of Ms. Mahalia Jackson. This entirely new production is, without any question, simply heavenly."
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Colin Douglas


Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...The BET show rightly concentrates on Mahalia Jackson the singer, her life lacking the dramatic touches of black musical stars like Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday. Powerhouse singing has always been the strength of these original BET explorations of African American musical culture and this show can be counted among the more successful of the company’s endeavors, thanks primarily to matching Robin DaSilva with the music and personality of the great Mahalia. For that noble combination, we can only say Heavenly and Amen."
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Dan Zeff


Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Under the crackling musical direction of killer drummer Robert Reddrick, Clara Flaherty, Brandon Levell, Lorriane Lewis, Colleen Perry, Rose Marie Simmons and Levi Stewart make an immaculate cast of Guardians, soloists, choir and assorted characters and manifestations."
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Ian Rigg


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.


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