Sistas The Musical
One thing that the play has been criticized for, however, is that it touches upon every issue possible regarding African American women. Still, others have appreciated the fact that such issues have been addressed instead of being ignored in favor of a storyline. The musical circles around three sisters, a daughter of one of them, and their sister in law who is white. As the play begins, we see that the family is preparing for the funeral of a matriarchal.
The problems that surround these women are unfortunate to say the least. One of the girls had been sexually abused, the other has become deeply religious, leaving no room for reason. Another was allowing her life to be controlled by a man who would not treat her the way she deserves, and the other was frenzied, obsessed with being an overachiever. Thus, when they come together for the funeral, they sit down and let out all they have been bottling in. We watch as they confide in each other and how their conversation takes on a different turn. Not only do they talk about important matters such as race and freedom riders, they also talk of the menial problems that come with their ethnicity, such as hair weaves. One thing is for certain though—none of the girls want to wallow in their pain, they simply want to name their troubles.
The simplicity of the script allows the characters to act more freely. But despite it all, the real centre piece of the show are the musical numbers. The cast performs the most noted songs sung by black women over the years, starting with “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do”. They wear different costumes to portray each of the ladies whose tunes they are belting out. A highlight of the musical is the “Single Ladies” number which is complete with the leotards and the choreography. The light hearted humor that has been artfully laced throughout the script is also what keeps the audience occupied. Adding to this are the impressive voices of the cast who display the ability of turning any song around to fit the situation.
The show has made sure that they highlight the journey of all the women in the music industry who made a name for the African American community. Their struggles have been thoroughly discussed and their fight to earn a place of honor in the white dominated world has also been appreciated. The director has carefully handpicked Grammy
winning tunes that would convince the audience of the singers’ abilities. Another thing that the play has brought to the limelight is the stereotypes that black women have to live through every day. But how they all empower each other through the finger pointing nature of the society is what matters most. Then, some more important remedying matters are also proposed. The character of Simone, the over achiever, pinpoints how education is so important in their community. She believes it is through knowledge and education that their perception of each other would change and brighten.
The audience can also expect to hear some classics when they go to see the show. And each has been artfully handled—they have not changed the songs so much that it becomes disrespectful to the original artist, but just enough so that it fits the voice of the cast member. The play has an excellent storyline as well which, when combined with the energy of the five ladies that make up the cast makes attending the show completely worth it. The balance of tragedy, followed by uplift has been dealt with most amiably. You will not regret buying Off Broadway Sistas the Musical tickets.