creativity, culture, community
“I’m delighted to bring the hit comedy play Good God A’Mighty! to Atlanta for a special two-week engagement,” states playwright Lolita Snipes. “It’s my Valentine’s gift to the city. Starring Tony Award winning actress and legendary singer Melba Moore, this electrifying comedy will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look inside an African-American church in the midst of change. Featured in the cast of memorable characters are nationally known comedians Just June and Dante Carter. Make plans to bring your family and friends to join us at the intimate 14th Street Playhouse from February 14-24.”
The play takes a comical look into African-American church culture when a vibrant young Pastor from New York moves down south to take over an old style church. The zany antics are non-stop when two church mothers fall in love with him while sparks fly as the other members fight to keep their old traditions intact. Trouble and fun ensue when the bombastic choir director tries to run him out of the “The Big Easy” and back to the “The Big Apple!” Amidst the laughter, the story weaves the universal themes of love, relationships, and what it means to truly belong to a community. Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unexpected places and realize…God really does have a sense of humor.
The foot-stomping, soul-stirring original music scored by Lolita Snipes for Good God A’Mighty! ranges from gospel, classic choir music and a-cappella, to R&B. Audiences will also get a chance to experience the traditional Holy Dance, which is an integral part of the Black gospel expression.
Melba Moore plays feisty choir director, Reen L’Dimp, who takes her position as head of the clean-up committee very seriously. Moore began her acting career on Broadway in the classic musical HAIR. From there she went on to star in PURLIE and earned a Tony Award for her portrayal as Lultiebelle. She appeared with the iconic Eartha Kitt in the hit musical Timbuktu! And she made history as the first African-American to perform in the role of Fantine on Broadway in the acclaimed musical, Les Misérables.
Although Ms. Moore enjoyed working on Broadway, she wanted to pursue her first love…music. She made her recording debut with the powerful “I Got Love,” quickly followed by the sultry “Look What You’re Doing To The Man.” She became a regular on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Flip Wilson show. And she scored a string of Billboard hits with songs like “This Is It,” “You Stepped Into My Life,” “Love’s Comin’ At Ya,” “Living For Love,” “Read My Lips,” “Falling,” and “A Little Bit More,” a duet with Freddie Jackson. She is especially proud of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song she recorded with an all-star ensemble of singers including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne, Lou Gossett Jr., Bobby Brown, Anita Baker and Stephanie Mills. The song was inducted into the US Library of Congress as the official Negro National Anthem.
Recently Ms. Moore starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture, The Fighting Temptations. She’s currently producing a new CD entitled “Forever Moore,” which will be released on her own label, A’Moore Music.
The over-the-top role of Mother Nelson is hilariously portrayed by Just June. This talented entertainer appeared in the Paramount Pictures comedy, Coming To America, with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. She’s performed on BET’s Comic View, Fox TV’s Comedy Express and she tours regularly, doing her stand-up act in top comedy clubs across the country.
Dante Carter is Deacon Burton, a pillar of the church who has a penchant for pop culture and is an avid “Housewives” fan. The Cleveland native is best known for his performances on the BET series Comic View and HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam. His acting credits include traditional shows like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and he has aspirations to direct.
The production team for Good God A’Mighty! includes Lolita Snipes, Playwright & Director; Ross Fleming, Producer; DJ Cut Master Swift, Music Producer; William Green, Music Director; Theresa Hightower, Vocal Director; Paula Monette, Set Designer; Verda “Bella Blue” Watson, Casting Producer and Mesheka Carson as Stage Manager.
The 14th Street Playhouse is conveniently located at 173 14th Street, at the corner of 14th Street and Juniper, across from the W Midtown. There is a parking deck adjoining the theater. Performances are Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 24 with shows at 7:30 pm on weekdays and shows at both 3 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturdays & Sundays. (closed on Monday, February 18).
Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office (404-733-5000) and online at www.lolitasnipesproductions.com.