Bob Marley’s life story told in new musical in London’s West End

LONDON, October 14 (Reuters) – The songs and life story of Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley arrive in London’s West End in a new musical celebrating his legacy.

“Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical,” which premieres at the Lyric Theater this month, follows Marley’s rise from the Kingston ghettos to international stardom.

Born in 1945 in the rural Jamaican town of Nine Mile, Marley went on to become a global superstar with hits such as “No Woman, No Cry”, “One Love” and “I Shot the Sheriff”. He died of melanoma cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.

“We’re really trying to show the human heart, trying to show what really motivated him and why he made the choices he made,” the show’s director Clint told Reuters. Dyer, in a press preview Thursday.

Arinze Kene stars as Bob Marley at a press preview of “Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical” at the Lyric Theater, London, UK on October 14, 2021. REUTERS / John Sibley

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“His political leanings came from his situation. And so we’re trying to give the context in which a third world global superstar was born.”

British actor and playwright Arinze Kene plays Marley, donning his signature dreadlocks and flaunting the moves and manners he’s studied in archival videos and photos. Taking on the role was intimidating, but Kene said he jumped at the chance to tell the story of one of his childhood heroes.

He was equally excited to return to the stage after the COVID-19 pandemic closed theaters across the country.

“There’s nothing like live performance, you know, keep your Netflix and your Amazon and Hulus and everything, but there’s nothing like being here and seeing it live, a performance that can never be repeated. “

“Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical,” written by Lee Hall, premiered at the Lyric Theater on October 1, with the show’s official opening night slated for October 20.

Reporting by Hanna Rantala, editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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