Variety reports that Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara and veteran soul singer Patti LaBelle will star in CodeBlack Entertainment’s adaptation of Off-Broadway gospel musical âMama, I Want to Sing!â Scheduled for theatrical release next February, Mama, I Want to Sing! will start production next month in Baton Rouge, LA. “Mama” will be written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Preaching to the Choir), and produced by Codeblackâs Jeff Clanagan, as well as Marvet Britto (The Woodsman) and Holly Davis Carter (The Gospel). This is the first feature role for Ciara, who will play the lead. Mama, I Want to Sing! is based on the life story of Doris Troy, a preacherâs daughter who sang in a Church Choir before being discovered by James Brown. Her successful recording career included the hit âJust One Lookâ and work with the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, and Dusty Springfield.
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