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The Preacher’s Wife

#9 THE PREACHER'S WIFE
MASHAUN D. SIMON
AZIE DUNGEY: CO-WRITER OF THE PREACHER’S WIFE.
Saturday May 18, 2024 02:30 PM EDT
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CRITIC’S PICK:The Preacher’s Wife: A New Musical, Alliance Theatre — Be careful what you wish for. In Penny Marshall’s 1996 film, a beleaguered preacher in a Harlem neighborhood begs for assistance from his favorite deity and is granted an angel in the form of Denzel Washington. That’s when things get really bad. The movie inspired this musical adaptation by writers Tituss Burgess and Azie Dungey, both known for their work on the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. “The stars aligned in our favor bringing Amber Riley and Akron Watson together as our dynamic leads, with the legendary talent of Loretta Devine and the fantastically debonair Donald Webber as our Angel,” says Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. “But what I believe will make this story unforgettable is the joy that radiates from each one of these inspired artists which will undoubtedly give us all a little more faith in the world.” — Kevin C. Madigan
The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre, The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. alliancetheatre.org

From the venue:

Inspired by the beloved blockbuster film, The Preacher’s Wife is a stirring new musical about the power of hope.


Book by Azie Dungey
Music & Lyrics by Tituss Burgess
Directed by Michael Arden and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden


In their fast-gentrifying Harlem neighborhood, Preacher Henry and his wife Julia struggle to keep their congregation going in the face of development. When all seems lost, Henry asks God for help, and receives it in the form of an angel. But will this mysterious newcomer really help or make matters worse? Through it all, Julia must find her voice and the strength to lead their congregation through the crisis, reminding them that a church is not a building, but the people who inhabit it and the love they share. Featuring an original score by actor, comedian, and writer Titus Burgess (TV’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and a book by Burgess and actress, producer, and writer Azie Dungey (TV’s Harlem), The Preacher’s Wife is a can’t-miss theatrical celebration of family and faith.


Based upon the motion pictures The Bishop’s Wife produced by Samuel Goldwyn; The Preacher’s Wife produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., and the novel The Bishop’s Wife written by Robert Nathan.


 

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