Had no idea what to expect but as totally blown away by the show which had the makeup of a performance suited for a smaller more intimate venue but went over very well at The Kennedy Center! It didn’t hurt having Stacey Ann Chin as part of the ensemble to bring the message being conveyed by Meshell and the other vocalists home with gritty spoken word prowess as only she could deliver! As expected, the musicianship of her band was superb. It’s ability to paint a primal picture, at times melancholy then exuberant, of the theme implied by the production’s title ‘The Fire Next Time: The Gospel According To James Baldwin’, mesmerized the audience so that you were forced to sit silently and listen intensely or get up and dance a jig at the invitation of the performers. Anyone who didn’t feel inspired enough to get involved in social justice issues on some level after witnessing this show had to be comatose! And that’s why I’m looking forward to a recording being made available to share with those who couldn’t make it to the revolution unleashed last night!!
I honestly wasn't expecting much from this show. Then she came on stage and totally deconstructed me. Destroyed me. What's strange is that I never more happy to let someone do that. I hope it's the first of many times. Thank you.