Last week, I went to see the final dress rehearsal for the Arena Stage’s newest play Crowns. I had heard of the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats which was written by Craig Marberry several years ago and have seen it on many people’s coffee tables.

Although the performance was put on by the Arena Stage (a community theater located in SW, DC) since it is currently undergoing renovation, Crowns is being shown at the historic Lincoln Theater on U Street.

I soon learned the play was actually a musical. It’s a story of young girl from NY who sent to live with her Grandmother in the South after her brother is killed. While living in the South, the young girl is taught the history of her Grandmother and her friends and the reason behind why they wear the colorful, festive church hats, aka “crowns”.

It was a very lively performance and everyone in the audience sang along and clapped with each song. It was definitely the most interactive musical I’ve ever been to. All of the actors were amazing singers and kept the audience entertained throughout. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

The show runs from March 27- April 26. For more information about Crowns, click here.

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