Posted November 22, 2013 by Editorial Staff in ---

Be Bop Baby closes with celebration


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Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Location: Z Space, San Francisco
Pictured: Marcus Shelby, Margo Hall
Photos: Courtesy of Z Space

Be Bob Baby completed its successful run recently in San Francisco at Z Space with a fundraising benefit which included a Champagne and Dessert reception and a special appearance by the well known Clairdee. The entertaining play tells the story of 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 followed 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 explored 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.

The production featured live, onstage music by The Marcus Shelby Orchestra. Marcus Shelby composed the original score and animated this heartfelt story with jazz, with a touch of Motown and 70s style-soul.

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