By Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
Directed by Jacqueline L. Gafford
Musical Direction by Anthony T. Edwards
The Levin Stage

March 10 – April 2, 2006

Crowns is a stand-up-and-testify musical based on the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. It focuses on Yolanda, a young Brooklyn girl who is set down South to stay with her grandmother. As Yolanda encounters her grandmother and her grandmother’s friends in the rituals of preparing for and going to Sunday church service, she begins to discover connections to older traditions and a deeper spirituality. Crowns is a soul-stirring tribute to the unique cultural phenomenon that fuses faith with fashion by celebrating African-American women and their church hats.


Yolanda | Angela Polk*
Mother Shaw | Sharon Thompson
Mabel | Karen Cline Wright*
Jeanette | Victoria Barbee
Wanda | Tiffany Jones Sipple
Velma | Lori Wellman
Man | Damron Russel Armstrong

Percussion | Julian Goff
Keyboards | Daniel Doss


Director | Jacqueline L. Gafford
Musical Director | Anthony T. Edwards
Stage Manager | Ashley Dover*
Choreography | Damron Russel Armstrong

Scenic Designer | Spencer Musser
Lighting Designer | Jeffrey Cady*
Sound Designer | John Story
Costume Designer | Atif Rome
Properties Designer | Paula Pearson

Production Assistant | Tara Kannall
Sound Technician | Laura Lange
Construction | Glenn Lewis