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Theatre: March 2013 Archives

The Mahalia Jackson Musical

Mahalia Jackson Musical_Ranee Lee_Photo by George Allister.jpgMahalia Jackson was one of the most influential and widely known gospel singers in the world. The Louisiana-born singer produced 30 albums during her long career. The first ever Grammy award for gospel music was created for her.

Mahalia Jackson passed away 40 years ago. But her life and her music are now the focus of an original musical that premieres tomorrow night at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

The Mahalia Jackson Musical delves into her career and her involvement in the civil rights movement. It stars Montreal jazz singer Ranee Lee (above, as Mahalia Jackson; photo by George Allister).

Roger Peace wrote and directs the production.His own award-winning career spans 60 years in theatre, tv and film. He joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

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