LIQUID is developing an original musical inspired by the life of Marian Anderson, an African-American singer whose transcendent voice bridged cultural divides and took the 1930s world stage by storm.
Born to a working class family in South Philly, Marian Anderson fell passionately in love with classical music at a time when operas were exclusively white. An exceptionally versatile contralto with a four-octave vocal range, she sang in eight languages and was embraced as musical royalty in Europe. But when she returned to the segregated United States in 1939, she was shut out of a concert hall in Washington, D.C. due to racial prejudice. Suddenly, she found herself caught in the crosshairs of a national controversy.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt advocated for her and organized an unprecedented, racially integrated concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Overwhelmed by anxiety, Miss Anderson nevertheless performed for an audience of 75,000 - making her a forerunner for the Civil Rights Movement.
Courageously dedicated to pursuing growth as a singer and to paving the road for other African-American artists, Marian Anderson made unconventional choices as a woman navigating the politics of race and gender in both her personal life and her career. Her story is not only an anthem for racial justice but also an anthem for women needing to find their voice. Our goal for the musical’s Humanity Campaign is to spark candid dialogue around complex contemporary issues of diversity and equality. The Educational Program will engage students around the extraordinary legacy of Miss Anderson’s resilience and inclusiveness, shaping a new generation of bridge-builders.
Liquid is currently developing a DANCE DRIVEN concept for the Sondheim classic, SWEENEY TODD.
To view a filmed presentation & learn more about the concept, please click on the website below.