REVIEW: No 'Generations' gap: Musical transcends age and color (VIDEO)


Crestview playwright Mike Smith's "Generations" takes the black American music experience from the 18th and 19th centuries' Negro spirituals, top, to the 2000s.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 03:24 PM.

I've attended musicals that, though pleasant romps, I was glad to see the final curtain come down on. "Generations: A Collection of Black American Music" wasn't one of them.

I'd gladly have stayed the night if the contagiously lively 10-member cast of slick, smooth and sassy performers wanted to keep on singing and dancing.

VIDEO: Watch excerpts of performances from "Generations">>

I wonder if Crestview playwright Mike Smith had any inkling his "Generations" was going to be such a smash?

When he came out after Friday night's final bows and absorbed the audience's standing ovation of love, he looked a little overwhelmed.

But recovering quickly, he graciously bowed — and then snapped a selfie with the cheering, packed Mattie Kelly Mainstage audience behind him.

Well deserved accolades

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