Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile.
One of the true divas of the 20th century, vocal powerhouse Nina Simone defied classification and defined a generation. This electric musical lays bare the rich legacy of an American icon whose work spans different genres, from jazz to gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll. It features such definitive classics as I Loves You Porgy, Young, Gifted and Black, and My Baby Just Cares for Me. Heart-melting and hopeful, Simone’s spellbinding story comes to life through four actresses in this theatrical journey. Simply Simone is performed in two acts with one 15-minute intermission. The total run time is approximately two hours and 10 minutes.
Performers: K. Desiree, Joy Brown, Kia Stewart, Rhyan McNeil
Associate Director: Kim Awon
Movement Director: Nikia Neal
This program is organized by NMOA Visiting Curator of Performing Arts, Daryl Stewart, a Newark-based theatre artist.
NMOA Summer Series is a partnership between The Newark Museum of Art & New Jersey Symphony. Learn more.