Liquid Theatre Collective 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 1930’s world stage by storm.
Born to a working class family in South Philadelphia, Marian Anderson fell passionately in love with classical music at a time when operas were predominantly white.
An exceptionally versatile contralto with a three-octave vocal range, she sang in six 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 caught in the cross hairs of a national controversy and personal crisis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt advocated for her, and an unprecedented, racially integrated concert was organized at the Lincoln Memorial. Overwhelmed by anxiety, Ms. Anderson nevertheless performed for an audience of 75,000—becoming a forerunner to the Civil Rights Movement.
Educational Program & Humanity Campaign
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 both anthem for racial justice and the empowerment of women to own their voices.
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 Ms. 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 and educational program, please click on the website below.