Martin Luther King Jr. Musical By The Guy Who Did Annie!

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Well, with The Mountaintop having just opened and proving to be a sort of glorified sitcom with some heavy stuff sprinkled in, why not?

And this one won't have tap-dancing orphans and a big, lovable dog, it turns out.

It will "recount Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s faltering journey from defiant teenager to leader of an improbable nonviolent bus boycott, which ultimately set the tone for the civil rights movement.

"In this new musical, Dr. King is stunned and disappointed that students from an urban high school named after him, have little idea who he and his colleagues were in the civil rights movement.

"He takes them through his struggles with racism as a youth in Atlanta, his embrace of Mahatma Gandhi's peaceful means of protest, and the Montgomery bus boycott, where segregation on buses was declared illegal by the United States Supreme Court."

Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) did the score, Leslie Lee wrote the book, and it's called, surprise, Martin.

Sort of like Annie -- but not really. In fact, not at all!


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Nonplussed
Nonplussed

There was a 1990 MLK musical, "King", with lyrics by Maya Angelou.

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Oh, and I dare the composer to start off a song with "I have a dream....."since that has been canonized by Ethel Merman in "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and used throughout "Gypsy."  

Sorry, Charlie,  Next....

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Nah, you gotta call it "Marty!" (don't forget the exclamation point).  "Martin" was the name of a dreary sexist sitcom starring "comedian" Martin Lawrence, originally aired on F*x TV.  Wouldn't want theatregoers to think they were going in to see a musical about that Other Black Guy.

Demona
Demona

Certain people might come in expecting a musicalized version of the George Romero film. Sayyyy...

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

I hope they all dance the Birdie. So much fun.

Arachne
Arachne

The  number "Hello, Mahatma!" will be a showstopper. 

Ick
Ick

There already was a musical Marty based on the Ernie Borgnine film, starring John C. Reilly (Never made it to Broadway.)

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