By Christina M. Ham
Music by Gary Rue
Ruby Bridges was only 6 years old when the Civil Rights movement came hammering at her door, making her the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. On the heels of Brown v. Board of Education, schools were ordered to integrate with “all deliberate speed,” and in 1960, Ruby became one of six black children to integrate all-white schools in the city. With songs inspired by The Shirelles, Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson, this musical explores a little girl’s unbeatable courage in the face of adversity as she helped to lead the Civil Rights movement up the front steps and into the classrooms of an elementary school in New Orleans.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Joseph is sold as a slave by his brothers because of his ability to explain people’s dreams. When the pharaoh calls on him to breakdown a dream, Joseph predicts a famine and is made the pharaoh’s secondhand man. When the famine hits, Joseph’s brothers come to him for relief and have to pass a test to prove they’ve changed before he’ll forgive them.