September 21, 2011
For Immediate Release
T. ROSE Entertainment, LLC
I Need A Man
Hit Gospel Musical
- September 21, 2011 - One of the most emotional and uplifting musicals brought to the stage in years. Michael Matthews' I Need A Man returns to the touring scene with a premiere performance in on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Auditorium, 1241 East Kearsley (7:30pm). The production will then travel to for a performance on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Taft Theatre (7:30pm).
Matthews is known for his all-star casting; and this production warrants nothing less. The preliminary production will host original cast members: Alyson Williams (singer/actress) and Beverly Todd (actress), along with Margaret Avery (Shug, The Color Purple), Jackee' Harry (sitcoms Sister to Sister and 227), Reginald Ballard, (Bro-Man, sitcom Martin), gospel recording artists Jacky Clark (The Clark Sisters), Sean Thompson and Antwan Stanley; and E. J. Johnson of Enchantment.
Matthews explains that he wanted to write a play that would make audiences laugh at the mistakes some people make when choosing someone to love, but he also want to show the seriousness of how important it is in choosing the right mate for marriage.
At the age of 55, Momma Lily still wants to be 25; she has turned her back on her church upbringing. Lily's family loves her, even though she has turned on them; they refuse to give up on her, as they try to win her back for the Lord. And then there are her daughters who just want a man and will find out that everything that glitters is not gold. "Just cause he got on pants don't make him no man", states Grandma. Through a series of mishaps and loss of control towards her daughter; tables turn on Momma Lily and she realizes that the man she needs is the Lord.
Matthews states, "I write about real things that people experience. Real people want real answers." I Need A Man tells them to trust in the Lord and all good things come from above.
Playwright Michael Matthews has been entitled the Godfather of Black Gospel Stage Musicals. He did one of the first -- Wicked Ways in 1985 and has paved the way for many current playwrights today. Several promoters and producers say it was Matthews' shows that took the genre to a higher level of quality in story lines, musical production and acting talent. He made it a habit to recruit big names like Rance Allen (gospel artist), Debbi Morgan (actress, All My Children), Mary Mary (gospel artists), Melba Moore (singer/actress), Marla Gibbs (actress, 227) and many more.
Matthews has been immensely successful, and has big plans for his productions starting with the rebirth of I Need A Man, and much more from his library of hit selling gospel touring productions. His level of accomplishment took years of effort -- but began with his simple belief: "I can do this."
There is much more to come from Matthews in 2012, as his touring schedule will be revealed within weeks to come. Once again, the Godfather of gospel touring stage plays, Michael Matthews, is prepared to make a positive impact on the gospel tour scene and re-acquaint himself with thousands of people that are anxiously awaiting his return!
Tickets are on sale at the Whiting Box Office: or log onto: www.thewhiting.com and the Taft Theatre: or log onto: www.tafttheatre.org.
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