Honest, funny, and dancing with heart, Queens Girl in the World chronicles the misadventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler, whose sudden transfer from a protective, middle class late-1950s upbringing in Queens to a progressive, predominantly-Jewish private school in Greenwich Village, adds comical confusion to her already quizzical, fish-out-of-water adolescence. Lively and poignant—and punctuated with the irresistible sound of Motown--Queens Girl in the World tags along for a young woman’s journey of self-discovery, at the onset of Civil Rights-era social change.
REPERTORY WORLD PREMIERE! with Queens Girl in Africa You can take the girl out of Queens, but, as is pitch-perfectly demonstrated in the first installments from Caleen Sinnette Jenning’s vivid, multichapter memoir, the Queens Girl is—delightfully—here to stay. Helen Hayes Award winners Dawn Ursula and Erika Rose both inject shining exuberance into the unforgettable, titular role (as well as dozens more characters) in this fresh, feel-good pair of shows about an everyday hero in our midst.