Broadway Beauty: Bringing Back the Shirelle’s
The Shirelles had hits in the 1960s with records like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Soldier Boy.” In 1996 they earned their stripes when being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. Ask your mother or grandmother if she remembers dancing to the tunes of this unique group alongside of their popular sister group The Supreme’s. If you don’t know the story of the amazing group, you will now and you can learn about it in the new Broadway musical ‘Baby It’s You’.
‘Baby It’s You’ follows the rise of New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg, who teams with African-American songwriter Luther Dixon to launch the popular girl group The Shirelles as well as an independent record company.
The original members of the Shirelle’s included Shirley Owens, Addie Harris, Beverly Lee and Doris Coley.
The beautiful cast of the new production include Beth Leaveal, Christina Sajous, Erica Ash, Kyra DaCosta and Krystal Starr Knighton who shake up the stage and pay homage to the original beauties who defied stereotypes of women in business and laid the path for future women of color to have a place in music.