December 14, 2011 – January 16, 2012

Written and adapted by Nate Jacobs

Want “R-E-S-P-E-C-T?” Believe that there “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing?” Then you will love visiting with our four women who live together in a Florida apartment building. They musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. In this original production, we celebrate Aretha’s masterful artistry, bigger-than-life talent, and remarkable understanding of human relationships.

It is 1968 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. instills hope that the times are changing. Mattie, Carolyn, Devora and Sharon want to believe that someday the world will be a better place for them. Even though the four women are in different stages of life, they are intertwined with each other as they deal with new love, lost love and the search for love. Aretha’s lyrics take the words straight out of their hearts and put them in the greatest songs of the decade.

December 14, 2011 – January 16, 2012
Written and adapted by Nate Jacobs

Articles

The Queen of Soul

Wikipedia

PBS American Masters : Aretha Franklin

Rolling Stone: Greatest Singers of All Times

Photos of Aretha

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Aretha Franklin greatest singer in rock era: poll

 

Interesting facts about Aretha Franklin

  • Aretha’s version of “Respect,” which had a feminist-powered theme, served as a fight song for social change when it was released in 1967
  • Received 18 Grammy Awards and, in 1995, a lifetime achievement Grammy
  • Sold the most million-selling singles of any female artist
  • Honored as first female singer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Selected as one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century by Entertainment Weekly magazine
  • Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the number one all-time best singer of the rock era
  • Awarded National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush



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