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Jeannette Bayardelle’s Summer Fling: SHIDA A New Musical

What is it about an outstanding performance that drives us to want to throw objects and fight imaginary people?  Jeannette Bayardelle (The Color Purple, Hair) tends to bring this out of us.  Just thinking about what she does to a song makes us want to…


Jeannette Bayardelle is currently starring in the world premiere of SHIDA: A New Musical, a solo piece directed by Andy Sandberg.  This inspirational musical is presented as an Ars Nova Summer Fling which provides artists with performance space and production support for new works.

The book, music, and lyrics of SHIDA are written by Bayardelle and is based on the true story of her childhood best friend Rashida.

“Set to a soulful score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, 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. 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 is a tour-de-force for Ms. Bayardelle, who takes us through Shida’s powerful, funny, and inspirational story, portraying multiple different roles.”

We dare you to listen to each song featured on  If this music doesn’t move you then check your pulse.

SHIDA: A New Musical ends its limited engagement at Ars Nova in New York City on August 28.  Get your tickets now and tell them we sent you!


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