METAIRIE, La (press release) – Sistas the Musical will be presented by Jefferson Performing Arts Society for three weekends, from Jan. 27 through Feb. 12, 2023, at Teatro Wego at 177 Sala Avenue in Westwego.  

The show opened Off-Broadway in 2011 and makes its New Orleans premiere with this local production, featuring an all-local cast directed by Kiane Davis with musical direction by Robert Pate. 

SISTAS! features five women (four Black, one white) coming together after their grandma dies. While sifting through memories and confronting one another, songs going back to Blues singers like Bessie Smith, all the way up to modern hip-hop, illuminate their own journeys.  The hit tunes performed by the show’s characters trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the ‘60s to the empowerment of the ‘90s. 

The show is filled with both humorous and touching moments about family, death, loss, and love, as well as frank discussions about social and racial injustices. 

SISTAS! The Musical was written by Dr. Dorothy Marcic, a playwright and professor whose musicals have played in over 100 cities. Her musicals include RESPECT/This One’s for the Girls, and SISTAS, which has played on BET-TV and is based on interviews with 100 Black women in Nashville.  She is a professor at Columbia University, a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, and the writer/story creator of three award-winning short films.  

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $37 (discounts are available for seniors, military, students, and children).  To purchase, visit www.jpas.org or call the JPAS Box Office at 504-885-2000.  

Parking is free in the lot adjacent to Teatro Wego at 177 Sala Avenue.  

Cast:  

Jacquel Cockerham as Roberta 

Kiane Davis as Simone 

Melissa McKenzie as Heather 

Nicole Washington as Tamika 

Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson as Gloria 

Crew:  

Kiane Davis, Director/Choreographer 

Robert Pate, Music Director/Keys 

Carlie Goodlet, Stage Manager 

Eric Porter, Tech Director 

Nathaniel Britton, Costume Designer 

Amara Skinner, Sound Designer 

Scott Sauber, Light Designer/Set Designer 

Amanda Bravender, Wig and Makeup Designer 

Olivia Winter, Props Designer