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.
|Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show)|
|Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo|
|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