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The Dark Star from Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker

Opening Date: Jun 15, 2023

Closing Date: Jul 02, 2023

The Dark Star from Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker
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Playing @

La MaMa - Ellen Stewart Theatre

66 East 4th Street New York City, NY 10003-8903

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Josephine Baker is a legend’s legend. The honors bestowed upon her during her lifetime are epic. As the first foreigner and the first African American woman inducted into the French Pantheon, she was immortalized 46 years after her death. She was also the only woman to speak at the March on Washington in 1963 prior to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s, "I Have a Dream" speech. Josephine Baker was a trailblazing, U.S. born civil rights activist, whose origins began on the vaudeville stage. She later performed at the Cotton Club and the Plantation Club, as well on Broadway.

Our story follows 19-year-old Josephine arriving in Paris, France for the first time in 1925, seven years after WWI and five years after the pandemic. She was simply a cast member of La Revue Negre, an All-Black performance troupe from Harlem. Their mission: introduce the French to a brand-new music called jazz and the dance that went along with it, the Charleston. How did a goofy, teenage chorus-girl, who crossed her eyes and made gawky faces, become an overnight success without speaking French? How did she influence the avant-garde of the modern art era? Most importantly, what made her rise to fame and cultural significance so spectacular? The Dark Star from Harlem explores the answers to these questions and many more.
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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are optional but encouraged.

Music

Mario E. Sprouse

Lyrics

Mario E. Sprouse

Book

Glynn Borders

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Full-price tickets

$10 - $30

Accessibility:

Directions Bus

M8 Local service between West Village & East Village8th / 9th Streets Crosstown Stop at - 2nd Avenue by way of 9th Street (westbound) and 8th street (eastbound). M15 Local and limited - stop service between East Harlem and Lower Manahattan First / Second Avenues Stop at - 4th Street by way of 2nd Avenue (southbound) and 1st Avenue (northbound)

Directions Subway

N, R Broadway Line Take N or R train to the 8th Street / NYU stop. 6 Lexington Line Take the 6 train to the Astor Place stop F 6th Avenue Line Take the F train to the 2nd Avenue stop.

Elevator\Escalator

Elevator access to the box office on the mezzanine and the theater on the 2nd floor.

Restroom

Accessible bathrooms are available on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor.

Seating

Capacity: 299

Telephone

None on premises

Wheelchair Info

A wheelchair accessible entry door on E 4th Street Talk to a house manager at the performance for accessible seating.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

N, R Broadway Line Take N or R train to the 8th Street / NYU stop. 6 Lexington Line Take the 6 train to the Astor Place stop F 6th Avenue Line Take the F train to the 2nd Avenue stop.

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By Bus:

M8 Local service between West Village & East Village8th / 9th Streets Crosstown Stop at - 2nd Avenue by way of 9th Street (westbound) and 8th street (eastbound). M15 Local and limited - stop service between East Harlem and Lower Manahattan First / Second Avenues Stop at - 4th Street by way of 2nd Avenue (southbound) and 1st Avenue (northbound)