Friday night, I was invited to preview a performance of “Sounds So Sweet” at the Black Ensemble Theatre in Chicago. I can not share much about the play since the potential for spoilers is high, but I can tell you it is outstanding. I have traveled to other cities to see a specific performance or visit a special restaurant. Believe me when I say that “Sounds So Sweet” is worth a special trip.
You will laugh, cry and identify with the members of the Harris family. The story is timeless and the weaving of music into the story is nearly seamless. The cast is a treasure of talent with unique voices. I had my favorites: Grandstine played by Yahdina U-Deen, Marcia played Dawn Bless, Ruth played by Rhonda Preston, Melissa played by Melanie McCullough, Tiana played by Jessica Brooke Seals, and Ria played by Nicole Michelle Haskins. The power in their voices alternately invokes skin tingling joy and nostalgic tears.
The musical is written and directed by Associate Director of the Black Ensemble Theater, Rueben D. Echoles and features music from the Girl Groups Yesterday to Today.
The girl groups featured include Destiny Child, En Vogue, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Pointer Sisters, The Emotions, The Supremes, Andrew Sisters – and many, many more. The music is delivered through the Harris family as they come together to reminisce and prepare for the final celebration of their beloved Grandstine.
- “Sounds So Sweet” Production Photos
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