Shida, Written by and Starring Jeannette Bayardelle, Begins Performances July 19

By Carey Purcell
July 19, 2013

Shida, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Jeannette Bayardelle, begins preview performances July 19, part of the Ars Nova Summer Fling series.



The show officially opens July 31 and runs through Aug. 28. 

Bayardelle also stars in Shida, which is directed by Andy Sandberg. Her Broadway credits include The Color Purple and Hair, and she received the NAACP Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple.

"Shida is based on the true story of a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life — from the double-dutch court at St. Mary's Catholic School in the Bronx to a scholarship at NYU," press notes state. "Her dreams become sidetracked by hardship and loss until her faith and those closest to her combine to restore Shida's hope and give her a second chance."

Shida features scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Grant Yeager, costume design by Michael McDonald and sound design by David Sanderson. Musical direction is by Jesse Vargas. Music supervisor is Larry Lelli. Alexander Orbovich is general manager.

Shida is presented Off-Broadway by Shida Productions LLC, in association with Flora Major and Brian Wagner/Adam Lederer, as an Ars Nova Summer Fling. 

Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling (866) 811-4111 or by visiting ShidaTheMusical.com.