'Chicago's Golden Soul' a sure hit at Black Ensemble Theater

2014-03-24T17:15:00Z 2014-03-24T18:06:14Z 'Chicago's Golden Soul' a sure hit at Black Ensemble TheaterEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

There's a musical extravaganza taking place on stage at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.

The current show "Chicago's Golden Soul (A '60s Revue)," running through March 30, stars a stellar collection of tunes performed by a dynamic cast. Written, directed and produced by Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor, "Chicago's Golden Soul" is a true celebration of Windy City song and the homegrown musical groups who brought the hits to fans during the '60s.

In a message printed in the show's program, director Taylor writes "Music is the common denominator when it comes to our sameness as human beings and we are proud to share and experience these wonderful memories, while introducing a new and different kind of music to the younger generation."

Taylor's "Chicago's Golden Soul," was first produced more than 15 years ago but sounds fresh and exciting while in the hands of the spirited ensemble members who have no problem belting out great tunes from the likes of artists such as The Impressions, Major Lance, Etta James, Betty Everett, The Chi-Lites and more.

"Chicago's Golden Soul" progresses at a fast pace and has no lulls as the singers delve into the compositions that put Chicago's musical scene on the map.

Among song highlights are Indianapolis native Alanna Taylor's performance of Etta James' "At Last" and a scorching delivery of "Summertime" by BET favorite Lawrence Williams.

Included in the roster of hit tunes are "Make It Easy on Yourself," "Shoop Shoop Song," "Turn Back The Hands of Time," a medley of Chi-Lites songs and "Let It Be Me."

Cast members include David L. Simmons, Rob Love, Ta-Tynisa Wilson, Katrina Richard, Christina D. Harper, Brian Nelson, Cecil Jones and Byron Willis.

Also being presented at Black Ensemble Theater through March 30 is "The Story of Curtis Mayfield."

FYI: "Chicago's Golden Soul" continues to March 30 at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. Call (773) 769-4451 or visit blackensembletheater.org for tickets and more information.

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