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by Daryl Waters, Zane Mark, Ann Duquesnay, Reg E. Gaines, George C. Wolfe and Ann Duquesnay
Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk chronicles the black experience in America from the early days of slavery to the end of the 20th Century, told through tap dancing, poetry, rap and hip hop.
The story starts on a slave ship from Africa, headed to the Americas, as innocent African people have been taken from their homeland and are being transported to America to be sold as slaves. The music and dance in the show becomes reflective of that time and circumstance. Then, as an attempt to weaken their spirits, it is made illegal for black slaves to play the drums. This act, however, leads to the invention of new slave dances that do not involve drums, which then allows the slaves to celebrate their heritage and tell stories of their homeland through the passage of time. As time progresses in the show, the audience gets a glimpse of the many parts of the black American experience including mass lynchings, Hollywood’s crass portrayal of the culture, and finally the struggles that African Americans are faced with during the Civil Rights Era. The show culminates in a veritable explosion of street sound, dance and color. Summary by nytix.com
Best Featured Actress In A Musical - Ann Duquesnay
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction Of A Musical
Best Book Of A Musical
Best Original Score
Best Actor In A Musical - Savion Glover
Best Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Actor In A Musical - Savion Glover
Outstanding Director Of A Musical