A review by Euan Rose for the Bromsgrove Standard.
BOB Marley was a revolutionary – both musically and politically and this new musical based on his life is revolutionary too.
First off, refreshingly it is not another jukebox musical like most biography-based musicals these days, where a paper-thin storyline is there just to link the hits.
Written and directed by Kwame Kwei Armah this show literally tugs at the emotions as the heart pounds to the near constant reggae beat backdrop to a passionate and powerful tale.
Every word spoken and sung is beautifully constructed, entwined and delivered to take us on a voyage of historical discovery of Bob Marley’s own life story alongside Jamaican history following gaining its independence in 1962.
From the humble ‘Wailers’ street music beginnings to international stardom via his partnership with Chris Blackwell and island records; nothing is sanitised in the story telling of…
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