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30 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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The Spirituals of Harlem Come Alive! See more (1 total) »

Cast

 

Directed by
Emile Ardolino 
Vinnette Carroll 
 
Produced by
Emile Ardolino .... producer
Judy Kinberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cleavant Derricks 
Clinton Derricks-Carroll 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Klemesrud 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Holmes 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Edel .... camera operator
Ralph Holmes .... lighting director
Les Leinowitz .... camera operator
Michael Lieberman .... camera operator
Frank Polizzotto .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Cleavant Derricks .... musical director
 

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The Spirituals of Harlem Come Alive!, 31 May 2008
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

There is no real story here but vignettes of monologues regarding African American history filled with songs, dance, and plenty of heart. The cast includes the wonderful Lynne Thigpen, Cleavon Derricks, and Reginald Veljohnson (Family Matters) and others. It was directed by Dirty Dancing director, Emile Ardolino. At times, it is a funeral scene or the disco in Harlem. The cast is first rate and the writing is somewhat disconnected. At times, it can be somber and at others as glim and hopeful and full of joy. This Broadway Theater Archives production like many often have that staged feeling because it's done on stage but we do hear an audience reaction which is positive. The ensemble cast never has one character but they have many and it's hard not to notice their costumes and hairstyles of the seventies but I still recommend it because it can appeal to the wide audiences regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

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