A powerful, vibrant performance from Arinzé Kene, starring as Bob Marley, loudly celebrating the singer’s brilliance. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical currently showing at London’s Lyric Theatre is a new, exuberant production which should not be missed!
As we watch Marley’s life unfold, from a small boy in Trench Town, Jamaica, to an international superstar, we witness the power that music held during both his struggles and successes. Jammin’ to classics like ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘Is this Love’, and ‘Stir It Up’, you truly start to feel Marley’s spirit and the joy that his music continues to bring.
What I enjoyed most about the production is that, whilst creating a wonderfully positive atmosphere, it also explored reggae music in a much deeper sense. We see that his music is rooted within politics and Rastafarianism as it is described as ‘spiritual, rebel music’. Throughout the musical, there are references to Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey and colonialism – shedding light upon the struggles and philosophies within Marley’s music.
The production is one filled with emotion. Each song is performed with a real passion that does not fail to captivate the audience, not to mention the exceptional vocals throughout. There is a perfect balance between the music and story-telling, the most notable storyline being of his love affairs. The connection between Arinzé Kene and Gabrielle Brooks (playing Rita Marley) created scenes which were undeniably captivating and moved the audience.
The sets were kept simple, allowing us to focus on the costumes, choreography and music – all of which were sensational. It also emphasised the simplicity which remained constant in Marley’s life despite his fame. There were amazing theatrics, an engaging storyline and infectious music – it was brilliant.
Not only is this an exceptional performance, but it is also an important cultural event which I would urge everyone to go and see! It is an iconic tribute to Bob Marley, celebrating 36 passionate years of his life and lasting legacy.
Get your tickets now at: https://getupstandupthemusical.com/
Reviewed by Ridha Sheikh – Ridha is a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. She is a recent History and Politics graduate from Queen Mary – University of London. Ridha is excited to explore and share her strong passion for London’s art scene.