Deborah Cox has started her run as the legendary Josephine Baker in the new musical “Josephine,” which opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Flor. on May 6 and will play through May 29.
The long-in-the-works show about Baker explores the life of the twentieth-century’s first international black female sex symbol and how a poverty-stricken girl from St. Louis rose to become one of the most-iconic figures of the Jazz Age in the 1920s-30s.
“Josephine” has been playing to sold-out audiences each night at the Asolo Repertory Theatre and its producer Kenneth Waissman is tweaking the show constantly with plans to take the production to Broadway at some point.
The musical is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely; written by Ellen Weston and Mark Hampton, features music by Stephen Dorff; and lyrics by John Bettis.
Cox previously starred in the Broadway shows “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”
Though “Josephine” has plans to go to Broadway, the Grammy nominee will first return to The Great White Way as Rachel Marron in the musical “The Bodyguard,” the musical based off of Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner’s 1992 Oscar-nominated film by the same name. The national tour for “The Bodyguard” starts in November in Millburn, NJ.
Check out photos from “Josephine” below. (Photos by Gary W. Sweetman, Mike Ruiz & Paul Tate dePoo II)