Last night, April 23, was opening night of Born For This: the Bebe Winans story, which made its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. From Charles Randolph-Wright, director of Motown the Musical, and six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans comes a hilarious and heart-warming journey toward self-discovery.
Sometimes as an artist, you get to work on a project that speaks directly to where you are in your personal journey. This project has definitely been that for me. Not only did the stars align perfectly for me to be a part of this fantastic company, but I identify so strongly with Bebe's journey and the story we are telling. Seeking success as a creator, encountering roadblocks, facing rejection, self-doubt, picking yourself back up and remaining true to self while finding and pursuing your purpose are all themes and plot points that seem to be plucked directly from my life.
It has been an absolute joy to be a part of the evolution of this piece since its NYC reading and help create a work for which we can all be proud. I learned from masters! Men who are incredibly talented, accomplished, and authentic collaborators. In addition to Charles and Bebe, we were joined by Donald Lawrence as Music Supervisor and our choreography team Warren Adams and Brian Harlan Brooks. Under their leadership, we have made magic and I have grown so much in the process.
We run in Atlanta until May 15 and will be in DC at Arena Stage July 1 - August 28. Come check us out! It is a show you don't want to miss. Get tickets at www.alliancetheatre.org and www.arenastage.org