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‘Love Jones The Musical’ brings Black love to Detroit

Source: Love Jones The Musical Facebook

Source: Love Jones The Musical Facebook

Detroit has a loves jones for plays, so the lavish Fox Theatre in Detroit was the perfect venue for two nights of Love Jones The Musical. Headed by a star-studded cast, it’s inspired by Theodore Witcher‘s romantic black film, Love Jones.  Twenty years later the groundbreaking classic remains a fan favorite and a reflection of how real love conquers all.

Although there were some variations, the musical mimicked most of the movie’s themes. The cast delivered a passionate and sometimes funny performance as they portrayed the drama involved with love and life. Main characters, Nina and Darius were played by singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele, and Tony Grant with believable chemistry. R&B sensation Musiq Soulchild played the clever Savon, schooling Darius about the realness of married life. Additional celebrity cast members were Raheem DeVaughn as the smooth playboy, Hollywood; Dave Hollister; and hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte. Nina’s feisty best girlfriend, Josie, was revived by singer Angie Fisher; while Singer Chaz Shepard — who has been in several screen and stage productions —  played Nina’s ex-fiancé, Marvin.

The musical performances were stellar as DeVaughn, Soulchild and Michele intertwined some of their own hits into the score. Mommy-to-be Marsha Ambrosius was enchanting as she sang her sensual slow jam, “Late Nights & Early Mornings.”  Some audience members probably wouldn’t have minded if the musical turned into a concert. Certain dialogues piqued the crowd’s interest, but others fell flat, losing their attention. Following the show, Michele had a meet and greet with fans, graciously signing autographs and taking pics.

Love Jones The Musical probably won’t gain the popularity of its namesake, but it does well with stirring up nostalgia for Black love.

Photo gallery credit: Montez Miller except where noted


2 Comments

  1. Stock Jams on October 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    With great anticipation I could not wait to see this musical. My party consisted of 8 theater goers. The music and singers were good. The sound, however, was way to loud. As explained at the onset of the musical it was NOTHING like the movie. The late comers were allowed to enter the theatre throughout the show which was very disruptive. Why weren’t they not held in the hallway until the intermission or possibly in between acts? Along with a Fox Theater usher who stood in the aisle blocking our view and others, after being asked kindly to sit down or move. It took almost an hour to figure out the plot. The cussing and vulgarity (I’m not a prude) followed by a gospel song? Where is the connection? It appears there is some plagiarism using the graphics and theme from the original movie in order to draw crowds. It was more of a glorified talent show.

    • Denene on October 11, 2016 at 12:03 am

      There were many similarities between the storylines of play and the movie. It wasn’t exactly like the movie, but I recognized several of the scenes. I agree about the cursing and poor theater etiquette. The music definitely was enjoyable.