"I Wanna Be Evil: The Eartha Kitt Story"

musicals and operas · n/a · Ages 10+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 24, 2019 original article

What I liked

For those, unlike me, who may be too young to remember the scandal Eartha Kitt created in 1968 when she publicly criticized the Vietnam War in the presence of Lady Bird Johnson during a White House luncheon, which lead her career into a severe decline for 10 years, this show will open your eyes to how the actress previously best known as Catwoman on the late 1960’s Batman TV series overcame the odds due to her sheer will power and belief that speaking the truth was her right in a true democracy. It’s a lesson that women are still learning to this day as our rights are yet again being threatened by an out-of-touch government.

What I didn't like

A bigger theater and more performances!

My overall impression

From the moment Janelle Lynn Randall appeared at the top of the Studio C staircase, there was magic in the air as she descended with great style and bravado to share the life, music, and oversized personality of Eartha Kitt. As the writer, creator and executive producer of the Fringe 2019 show, it’s easy to realize you are watching an incredibly talented artist perform her dream role from start to finish!

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