Bob Devin Jones, a prolific figure in the Tampa Bay arts community, is on the other side of the stage as he directs “CROWNS” now on view at Straz Center. The play is musically directed by LaToya McCormick. With a strong female-driven cast, this musical about fabulous hats is a springboard to an African American cultural journey. When Yolanda is transplanted from Brooklyn to South Carolina following a family tragedy, she meets a circle of women who share with her the importance and power of their crowns. The first in this year’s series of Straz-produced shows, this not-to-be-missed musical is a celebration of song, dance and history – topped off with “hattitude.”
Director Bob Devin Jones is a 40-year theater veteran and founder of [email protected] in St. Petersburg. Jones has been a major part of the Bay area’s cultural community since moving to St. Petersburg in 1997. The play will run through March 6. Those interested in attending can reserve their tickets online.
The theater will be operating at full capacity for this show. While distancing will not be in place, masks will still be required indoors for all audience members and no food or drink will be allowed inside the theater.
CROWNS is a story of strength and perseverance
CROWNS features powerhouse performers NaTasha McKeller, Lena Morisseau, Vette Berrian, Andresia Moseley, Candace Marie Henry, Treshel Johnson, and Edward Leonard.
“There’s a saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ but it takes a child to connect the village because everyone comes together for the child” NaTasha McKeller said in a preview with Broadway World.
“Her strength, perseverance, and a lot of love. They’re abstract things, but they have a real concrete place where they reside in me because of my mother,” Bob Devin Jones said in an interview with Broadway World. “”All these women in the cast, including the musical director, know of life in the church and things that are not sanctified, anointed. I knew if you had six powerful women together with one male magical things could happen. The play is about saying yes, being open to the blessings and realizing you have them, and making a joyful noise about them.”
The Straz Center is located at 1010 N WC MacInnes Place. See their full calendar of performances online.