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At the height of the recent riots in Baltimore, there was a theatre that used the music of reggae icon Bob Marley to try and heal the community. Center Stage, Baltimore’s most famed theatre, debuted the musical “Marley” during the protests that rocked Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.
The cast and crew for the show had to rush to complete rehearsals as Baltimore faced a citywide curfew. The musical focuses on Marley’s music from 1975 to 1978, when Marley survived an assassination attempt in Jamaica and went into exile in London. The creative director of the theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah says he’s never connected with a moment and play like he did when the cast went into the street to give a free concert including singing “One Heart.”
The musical has been so well received by audiences that on most nights they join the cast in singing “Get Up, Stand Up” and during the climax they join the crew on stage for “One Love.” Producers are working to get the musical into more cities after its run in Baltimore is over on June 14.
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