The musical, “Born for This,” created by BeBe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright is coming to Arena Stage from July I-August 28, 2016.
The new musical, which officially kicks off Arena Stage’s 2016/17 season, features original songs and Winans family hits, with a book by Randolph-Wright and Winans.
Leading the cast as BeBe and CeCe Winans are Winans family members and accomplished performers Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans. Juan is a Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter and his sister Deborah Joy is currently filming Greenleaf, the OWN original TV series for which BeBe Winans is an executive music producer.
In Born for This, Detroit natives BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans family dynasty, experience the ultimate in culture shocks when invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s television show Praise the Lord. The Winans teenagers become not only television celebrities, they also become like adopted children of the Bakkers, integrating TV evangelism. As BeBe and CeCe encounter fame, fortune and even a young Whitney Houston, BeBe Winans must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling.
Featured in the cast are Charlotte, N.C.-area favorite Chaz Pofahl as Jim Bakker and Kirsten Wyatt (Broadway’s A Christmas Story The Musical) as Tammy Faye Bakker, as well as Kiandra Richardson as Whitney Houston, Nita Whitaker (Pasadena Playhouse’s Breaking Through) as Mom Winans, Milton Craig Nealy (Broadway’s Motown The Musical, Arena’s Akeelah and the Bee) as Pop Winans, Dyllon Burnside (Broadway’s Holler If Ya Hear Me) as Michael Winans and Howard, Desmond Sean Ellington as Carvin Winans and Alvin, Brad Raymond as Ronald Winans and Michael Stiggers as Marvin Winans. Also in the cast are Nick Morrett as Bob, Alison Whitehurst as Penny and D.C.-area performers Kurt Boehm (Arena’s Fiddler on the Roof) as Jimmy Ray and Gracie Jones (Signature Theatre’s Beaches) as ensemble.
Tickets are on sale now at www.arenastage.org.