Reggae

Biltmore Theatre

Previews Began: March 11, 1980

Opening Night: March 27, 1980

Closing Night: April 13, 1980

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Music: Randy Bishop

Kendrew Lascelles

Ras Karbi

Max Romeo

Stafford Harrison

Michael Kamen

Jackie Mittoo

Lyrics: Randy Bishop

Kendrew Lascelles

Ras Karbi

Max Romeo

Stafford Harrison

Michael Kamen

Jackie Mittoo

Book: Stafford Harrison

Kendrew Lascelles

Melvin Van Peebles

This musical examines reggae music and Rastafarianism, a popular religious movement advocating that Jamaicans return to Ethiopia. In this tale a pop singer returns to Jamaica after achieving success in the United States and reunites with an old lover who gets in trouble with gangs over his marijuana growing.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Jamaica Is Waiting………………………………Ensemble
Rise Tafari…………………………………….Natty, Rastas
Farmer………………………………………………………Esau
Hey Man…………………………………………..Faith, Esau
Mash Em Up………………………..Rockets, Rude Boys
Mrs. Brown…………Mrs. Brown, Louise, Ensemble
Everything That Touches You…………………….Faith
Mash Ethiopia……………………..Rockets, Rude Boys
Star of Zion………………………………………………Natty
Reggae Music Got Soul…Binghi Maytal, Ensemble
Talkin’ ‘Bout Reggae…….Binghi Maytal, Ensemble
Everything That Touches You (Reprise)……..Faith

Act Two

Rise Up Jah-Jah Children……..Rastas, Ras Joseph
No Sinners in Jah Yard………….Ras Joseph, Rastas
Banana, Banana, Banana……………………..Ensemble
Promised Land………………………………………….Natty
Rasta Roll Call……………………….Ras Joseph, Rastas
Rastafari…………………………………………….Ensemble
Roots of the Tree…………………..Ras Joseph, Rastas
I and I………………………………………………Faith, Esau
Gotta Take a Chance……………Rockets, Rude Boys
Star of Zion (Reprise)……………………….Natty, Faith
Chase the Devil………………………………………….Esau
Now I See It………………………………………………Faith
Now I See It (Reggae)………………..Faith, Ensemble
Everything That Touches You (Reprise)……..Faith,
                                                                        Esau
Reggae Music Got Soul (Reprise)………Faith, Esau,
                                                              Ensemble
Jamaica Is Waiting (Reprise)……………..Faith, Esau,
                                                               Ensemble