Sistas the Musical is the longest running African American musical in New York history. This off-broadway production creates a musical journey of African-American women from Bessie Smith to Mary J. Blige. Following five sisters as they discover their history, heritage and truths that brings them together to prepare for the funeral of their family matriarch.
Keeping reading to hear about my experience watching the musical…
During my last New York visit, I checked out Sistas the Musical for the first time and I absolutely loved it. Walking toward the St. Luke’s Theatre, I could feel the energy oozing out of its’ doors onto the sidewalk from people waiting in line to see the play — some for the first time and some for the 2nd or 3rd time. Seating in the intimate audience, it was like I was sitting with my girlfriends reacting to our favorite show and hearing songs that evoke emotions from real places we have been in our lives.
The musical took me down memory lane. I sang along when Tamika, the daughter of one of the sisters, realized she needed let go of that no-good boyfriends and told him to “Call Tyrone”. I was filled with compassion and gratitude when Roberta purred “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. I could visualize my grandmother leaning over the stove as she would tell me stories about growing up. The storyline was honest and relatable. I felt like every character reminded me of myself or another important woman in my life.
The play is full of hilarious high notes and heart-tugging reality checks about the journey of being a black woman, our legacy, and the need for sisterly connections to make it through moments in life. It is the perfect play to watch with good girlfriends, your sisters, and of course your mom. I will definitely be going to see it again!
After the musical, I got a chance to meet the sweet-spirited playwright Dorothy Marcic. She is full of energy and makes you feel like the musical was created specifically for you. If you get a chance to see the musical, make sure to stop and say hello to Dorothy afterwards. Her liveliness is infectious!
Thank you Sindy for helping me arrange my visit!