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Reviewed By: Cindy Murdoch

July 28 2017


In this one-woman show, performer Tymisha Harris brings to life the story of Josephine Baker, the first African American international superstar.  Born just after the turn of the 20th century in Missouri, Josephine lived through a period of intense racial discrimination, riots, two world wars and the civil rights movement.  But she is also an actor, dancer and singer who moved to Paris to become an international burlesque sensation.  Traveling the world, marrying several times, having many lovers, adopting a dozen children, socializing with artists, performers, politicians and activists, Josephine’s life story captivates the audience from the moment Harris hits the stage.

Not only is this an incredible story, but so is Harris’ performance.  She succeeds as a strong storyteller with an incredible singing voice and a solid burlesque dance routine. She’s charming, cheeky and feisty and makes the audience feel as if they are spending 75 minutes with the real Josephine Baker.  An absolutely spectacular show, and my favorite at this year’s Fringe, this show is a must see.

Venue 1 - John Hirsch Mainstage
Audience Classification: Mature
Warnings: Mild Language, Nudity
Length: 75 Minutes
Tickets: $12, $10 Door Discount: weekday matinees, students, Fringe performers