“Women of Soul”
Black Ensemble Theatre Cultural Center
4450 N. Clark Street
Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt
“Women of Soul” is written by and directed by Daryl D. Brooks and is a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The show is headed by five musicians in the orchestra. The show is limited in dialog but has a strong cast of nine females whose dazzling costumes come in the hands as well as the wig design by Rueben D. Echoles.
The nine females included are Mahalia Jackson, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Etta James, Anita Baker, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson and the list goes on, honoring Ms. Franklin and Donna Summer.
There is one male in the show beside the five members in the band who is Dwight Neal. The songs are mainly sung by the females who sing a total of over twenty-three numbers in costumes that will knock your socks off.
Some of the songs are “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Hound Dog,” “I have Nothing,” “Tonight is the Night,” “Free,” and “Control.”
Some of the cast are Cynthia F. Carter, Robin DeSilva, Jerica Exum, Colleen Perry, Jessica Seals and the list goes on in this once in a lifetime musical masterpiece.
Opening in previews on February 23rd, the Black Ensemble will pay tribute to one of my favorite stars of the screen, Broadway and nightclubs — “Lena.” The one and only Lena Horne.
“Women of Soul,” runs through January 27, 2019. For show days, show times, and reservations call 773-769-4451 or go online at http://www.blackensemble.org. Tickets start at $55 and range to $65. Street parking well as valet parking is available.