Vancouver Fringe Feature: Josephine

Critically-acclaimed off-Broadway show based on the life of Josephine Baker to touring across the US, Canada, and UK in the summer of 2019 comes to Vancouver as part of the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience. – Stagebiz NYC

Josephine is a one-woman biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century.

After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of Outstanding Solo Performance and Best Show, Josephine played three sold out runs to rave reviews in hometown Orlando Florida before starting a 2017 North American tour.

Tymesha Harris performs Josephine Baker, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the breakout hit of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both major publications.  The show then went to Indianapolis Fringe where it won “Best National Production”, “Outstanding Female Performance”, “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller”.  From there, the show was selected by The Soho Playhouse in New York City to be part of the 2017
Fringe Encore series in October, 2017.

Josephine was then awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production” award, and in early 2018 was offered a limited 5-week off-Broadway run at Soho Playhouse, where it sold out performances and received high critical acclaim. For the off-Broadway run, Tymisha Harris was nominated for a 2018 Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

In the summer of 2018, the show traveled across Canada to five festivals, and was the top selling show at every one. In Ottawa, it was awarded the “Best of Fest,” “Outstanding Overall Production,” and “Volunteer’s Choice” awards. In Toronto Josephine sold out 6 performances, and Now Magazine awarded it the honors of “Outstanding Production”, “Outstanding Dierction”, “Outstanding Performance”, and “Outstanding New Play/Musical.” In Winnipeg (where no Festival Awards are given) it was the top-selling show of over 175 offerings, selling out 9 of 10 performances in the largest venue.  Finally, in Edmonton at the largest Fringe Festival in North America, Josephine sold out it’s entire run.

Vancouver will now experience this one-of-a-kind show that critics and magazines hails as “… a tour de force!” and “A Master Class!”

Created, produced, and directed by Michael Marinaccio and co-created and performed by Tymisha Harris, Josephine plays at The Cultch as part of the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Click here to view schedules and buy tickets

Social Media:
Twitter @josephine_play
Instagram @josephinetheplay

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