The state of Black Spirituality has evolved significantly since the days of slavery and the era of civil rights. Today black mega-churches have emerged equipped with contemporary focused ministries seeking to meet the needs of the total person. However there still exist those small struggling family churches that are perpetually standing on their last leg on the verge of closure. Hence this is the setting, premise and development of the new contemporary gospel musical, Sanctified.
Unlike other gospel productions of years past, Sanctified is outstandingly different as it is comprised of a literal who’s who of award winning industry greats, professionally trained actors, singers, lyricists, costume and lighting designers. And it is written by Javon Johnson, the multiple award winning protégé of the late African American playwright August Wilson. This week Sanctified will light up the stage at the historic Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC.
A small financially broke church stages a comeback as it plans an unforgettable and hopefully a very profitable revival. Led by a young interim pastor, the church clashes as it attempts to grow beyond what it has always done.
The upbeat musical stars John Mclure Jr. of BET’s Sunday’s Best as Pastor Harold P. Jones and Washington, DC theater powerhouse, Mary Millben as Sis. Pauletta Denise Jones. Additional star power is being added to the lineup as recording artist Lil Mo will be making special guest appearances at select performances during the production’s four week run.
Writer, Javon Johnson, explains that the original inspiration for the gospel music comedy came from wanting to explore “The journey of gospel music as it has evolved from African influence, slavery to what it has become today with hip hop and R&B and the secular approach to the sound.”
And from that premise he began to weave a tale of eclectic characters centered upon the struggles of a music ministry within a small black church. He then added in a few hidden agendas, plot twists, lots of comedy and of course plenty of singing. Finally the musical Sanctified was born showcasing “How important music is when it comes to gospel worship” within the Black Church he explained.
Tickets still available. If you’re in Washington, DC over the next 4 weeks, please check it out!
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