Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir

Featuring Margo Hall and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra

Nov 19 2013 - Nov 23 2013

“The music of ‘Be Bop’ is the blood pulsing through its veins.” - Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle.

Be Bob Baby is based on actress Margo Hall’s life growing up in a musical household under the loving presence of her stepfather, Teddy Harris, Jr., an influential music director, composer, and arranger for Motown. Harris was a pioneer with his New Breed Be Bop Society Orchestra, and also worked with such legends as the Supremes, Paul Butterfield and Aretha Franklin.

Narrated through musical vignettes and monologues, Be Bop Baby follows Margo’s eccentric and wild times of growing up in a house frequented by Detroit musicians, extended family and friends, and colorful neighborhood characters. It explores strong bond between Hall and her stepfather, strengthened through their mutual love of music, contrasting it with her often difficult relationship with her biological father.

Be Bop Baby features live, onstage music by The Marcus Shelby Orchestra. Marcus Shelby composed the original score and animates this heartfelt story with jazz, with a touch of Motown and 70s style-soul.

Composed by Marcus Shelby
Written by Margo Hall in collaboration with Nakissa Etemad
Directed by Sheila Balter
Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad

Also featuring Halili Knox, Dawn L. Troupe, and Mujahid Abdul-Rashid

The Friday, November 22nd* showing of Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir is a special celebration. This night is a fundraising benefit for Z Space and this production and starts at 6:30pm (performance at 8 pm). The $50/$75 admission ticket for this night features a Champagne and Dessert reception and a special appearance by the fabulous Clairdee.

*Some postcards were sent out indicating that the special celebration is on Saturday, 11/23. This is incorrect.

There will be no late seating for this performance.