Friday, July 21, 2017

Celebs Attend Opening Of Musical 'Born For This'

By Darlene Donloe

Last night's opening of BeBe Winans’ Born For This: The Musical was a star-studded affair with celebs from the world of music, theater, television and film in attendance.

In Born For This, Detroit teenagers BeBe and CeCe Winans experience the ultimate in culture shock when they are invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise The Lord network in Pineville, North Carolina. The Bakkers become an unlikely surrogate family as BeBe and CeCe rapidly become the hottest stars in televangical America. Eventually crossing over to mainstream fame, BeBe must learn to reconcile the temptations of fame and fortune with the things he values more.

Born For This, book by Randolph-Wright and BeBe Winans, featuring music and lyrics by BeBe Winans, is choreographed by Warren Adams and plays at the Broad through August 6. The show, directed and co-written by Charles Randolph Wright (Motown: The Musical) premiered last year at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

(l-r) Charles Randolph Wright, Berry Gordy and BeBe Winans

Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show)
Freda Payne

Greenleaf's Jason Dirden
Suzanne de Passe

Garcelle Beauvais

Debbie Allen

BeBe Winans and Reginald Hudlin

Actress Starletta DuPois

Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo

Isaiah Washington
Marvin Winans, Freda Payne and BeBe Winans

BeBe Winans addresses the star-studded audience which included
Sidney Poitier,  Stevie Wonder, James Pickens and Robert Townsend

**all photos by Darlene Donloe

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