Grew up with few opportunities.
Came from a poor, sharecropping family.
Didn't get past the 7th grade.
Hardly the characteristics of a person who would become one of the most influential social activists of the 20th century.
But that is what happened with Fannie Lou Hamer. And that's what the musical "Fannie Lou" is about. Join us for the world premiere on Oct. 6, 2012, in New York City.
We'll present two performances, matinee and evening, at Hunter College's inviting Lang Recital Hall theater space (entrance on 69th Street). The date holds special significance, since it is the 95th anniversary of Mrs. Hamer's birth. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
With a compelling script and a riveting score, "Fannie Lou" introduces the audience to Mrs. Hamer and her struggle to gain voting rights in rural Mississippi in the early 1960's. The production reveals Mrs. Hamer's determination and steadfast resolve, her influence on people around her, and their influence on her.
The music is a powerful array of ballads, mid-tempo songs and uptempo selections in pop, jazz, blues, light opera and traditional musical theater styles.
Fannie Lou Hamer's story epitomizes the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. To hear testimony Mrs. Hamer gave regarding her struggle for voting rights, visit the following web site:
The world premiere of "Fannie Lou" will be held at the Lang Recital Hall theater space at Hunter College. (The entrance to the hall is on East 69th Street at Lexington Avenue.) There will be two shows, a matinee and an evening performance. The duration of performances is about 2 hours and 15 minutes. There also are special additions planned for each event.
The matinee will begin at 2:30 p.m. Following that production a talk-back session with the audience, featuring some of the cast and crew members, will be presented. A reception will be held afterward. The talk-back session and the reception are free to all matinee ticket-holders.
The evening production of "Fannie Lou" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Preceding that, at 7 p.m., a special discussion will take place with New York residents who knew and/or were inspired by the work of Fannie Lou Hamer and other voting rights activists. A reception will follow the production. All evening performance ticket-holders will be admitted to the pre-performance discussion and the post-performance reception free of charge.
Each of the Oct. 6 performances is a not-for-profit event. All proceeds are being applied to production costs.
We appreciate your support of this project. THANK YOU!!
Patrons of the New York production of "Scenes and Songs from 'Fannie Lou'" are reminded that they will receive a substantial discount to see the Oct. 6 world premiere of "Fannie Lou." To make sure you get it, visit www.fannieloumusical.com and go to the "Tickets and Other Info" page.
"Scenes and Songs from 'Fannie Lou'" patrons who purchased a Backstage Pass will be admitted to the Oct. 6 world premiere of "Fannie Lou" free of charge. If you haven't indicated your performance choice already, email email@example.com to let us know which performance -- matinee or evening -- you'd like to attend. Your ticket will be waiting for you at the door.
PHOTOS: 1) Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer; 2) Cast and crew of the March 24 production of "Scenes and Songs from 'Fannie Lou.'"
For more information about the production, visit the "Fannie Lou" Musical website at http://www.fannieloumusical.com
Thank you so much for your support of "Fannie Lou." We know you will enjoy this very special event, and we look forward to seeing at the Oct. 6 world premiere.
-- The Fannie Lou Hamer Theater Project Group
Theater: Ida K. Lang Recital Hall
Address: 695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Cost:$45 (Sales start July 24; opening-day ticket sales code for 1/3-off discount: FLMusical)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006