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It’s a big tale

Playwrights Horizons announced the release of a cast album of Kristen Childs’ rowdy, wild, and hilarious Bella: An American Tall Tale. Hard copies of the album, produced by Michael Croiter, can be purchased at yellowsoundlabel.com and phnyc.org beginning February 22, when it will also become available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Music. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes.

Bella: An American Tall TaleMay 19, 2017 – July 02, 2017 Mainstage Theater Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kirsten Childs Directed by Robert O'Hara  Choreographed by Camille A. Brown

Ashley D. Kelley (as Bella), NaTasha Yvette Williams & Kenita R. Miller. Photo by Joan Marcus

There are many wrongs and omissions that can be righted by imagination. In fact, writers create imaginary characters to construct reality and ponder points of view.

Playwright Kristen Childs is one such, who expresses so many truths in her fiction. Her current work, Bella: An American Tall Tale, at Playwrights Horizons through July 2nd, 2017 is about so much more than a big-bootied pioneer woman of color.

The African-American history of the United States is different from the one taught in schools. That’s why we have Black History Month, that 1/12th of the year where we try to set the record a little straighter. We should just let Kristen Childs do it for us.

Our review was published after the June 12th opening.

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