What's a black girl from sunny Southern California to do? White people are blowing up black girls in Birmingham churches. Black people are shouting "Black is beautiful" while straightening their hair and coveting light skin. Viveca Stanton's answer: Slap on a bubbly smile and be as white as you can be! In a humorous and pointed coming-of-age story spanning the sixties through the nineties, Viveca blithely sails through the confusing worlds of racism, sexism and Broadway showbiz until she's forced to face the devastating effect self-denial has had on her life.
This is the world premiere recording of Kirsten Childsí musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
. The show had its original run off-Broadway at the legendary Playwrights Horizons in 2000, and has since seen productions around the country. It is a totally original musical comedy. Itís a personal story with a social conscience written and composed by an African American woman. Add to that a score that brilliantly bridges the divide between pop and theater and you have a show thatís unique and extraordinary.
Most of the original cast was assembled for this recording, including the 2006 Tony Award Winning Best Actress for The Color Purple, LaChanze, as the lead character Viveca.
2. Sweet Chitty Chatty
3. Smile, Smile
4. Dance Class
6. Sticks & Stones
7. Pass The Flame
8. War Is Not Good
9. Brave New World
11. Belle Of The Ball
12. Beautiful Bright Blue Sky
14. Who's That Bubbly Black Girl
15. Secretarial Pool
17. Director Bob
18. Come With Me
21. There Was A Girl
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Childs
Featuring Cheryl Alexander, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Duane Boutte, Darius de Haas, Andgel Desai, Jerry Dixon, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Felicia Finley, Robert Jason Jackson, LaChanze, Adriane Lenox, Shayna Steele
"...[a] sharp and tasty new musical...charming...as the show ingeniously turns professional perkiness, the lifeblood of the American musical, into a funny, poignant comment on ethic self denial" -- New York Times
"The play opens with an explosion of music...accessible and enjoyable to people of all races and genders...the bibbly mixture of humor and pathos makes for an entertaining -but not feather weight- show." -- Pioneer Press