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Encores! Off-Center

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

  • Mainstage
  • Jul 26—27
  • Tickets start at $25

  • Overview

    Kirsten Childs’ delightful, provocative, and incredibly moving 2000 musical is about a young African-American dancer named Viveca (Nikki M. James) who finds her way from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity. With a deceptively fun and catchy score, and a wickedly satirical take on the lives of Broadway dancers, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin deserves to be seen again.

    The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
    is part of the 2017 Encores! Off-Center season, which also includes Really Rosie.

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    • Bubbly Black Girl at Encores! Off-Center

  • Cast & Credits

    Cast & Credits
    By Kirsten Childs
    Choreography by Byron Easley
    Music Supervisor Chris Fenwick
    Music Director Annastasia Victory
    Directed by Robert O'Hara
    Starring Penelope Armstead-Williams, Tanya Birl, Kaitlyn Davidson, Josh Davis, Yurel Echezarreta, Lauren E.J. Hamilton, Korey Jackson, Nikki M. James, Kingsley Leggs, Jo’Nathan Michael, Kenita R. Miller, Julius Thomas III, Shelley Thomas, and Alex Wong

  • The Lobby Project

    New York City Center is proud to present free programming before each performance for ticket holders.
    Wed, July 26 at 6:30pm: Ayodele Casel, Helga Davis, and Okwui Okpokwasili will participate in a discussion about their experiences onstage in connection with Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. Casel will also perform a piece commissioned especially for The Lobby Project.
    Thur, July 27 at 6:30pm: Kirsten Childs (writer and lyricist of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) will discuss the legacy of black women artists in America and the contemporary nature of her work.

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