Shida, the Off Broadway Musical

1373935196_7924_posterThere is a another new show coming to Broadway. The musicalis called SHIDA, which stars Jeannette Bayardelle. Broadway fans will know Jeannette from when she performed the lead in The Color Purple and as a winner of the NAACP theater award for Best Lead Actress for the Color Purple.

Performances for this show will be at Ars Nova Summer Fling which is located at 511 West 54th Street in New York. The show runs from July 19th -August 28th.
The musical is set to a soulful score of Rock, Jazz, R&B, and gospel music, SHIDA is based on the true story of a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life – from the double-dutch court at St. Mary’s Catholic School in the Bronx to a scholarship at NYU. Her dreams become sidetracked by hardship and loss until her faith and those closest to her combine to restore Shida’s hope and give her a second chance. SHIDA is a tour-de-force for Ms. Bayardelle, who takes us through Shida’s powerful, funny, and inspirational story, portraying multiple different roles. Written and performed by Jeannette Bayardelle with direction by Andy Sandberg, this inspiring new musical is a 70-minute gripping tale.

SHIDA was first presented in a concert version at Birdland, as part of the Broadway-at-Birdland series. This one-night-only event sold out and received a tremendous response, with many audience members eager to know where they could come back to see the show again with their friends and family. Among those in attendance was Jason Eagan, Artistic Director of Ars Nova Summer Fling. He was so taken with the piece that he invited us to be a ‘Project in Residence,’ culminating with three workshop performances.

The Ars Nova Summer Fling has been well attended and very well received. Audience members who had previously seen the show at Birdland commented on how much the piece had grown since then and how much more of a complete theatrical experience it was in an actual theater space, despite the still-limited production value.

For more information on the show call 866-811-4111 or log onto to purchase tickets.

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