Co-created by Khari Wendell McClelland, Andrew Kushnir and Jodie Martinson
A Project: Humanity production
OCT 25-29, 2017
Freedom Singer is a documentary theatre musical crafted by Toronto’s Project: Humanity and Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Khari Wendell McClelland. In 2015, McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and – using contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – personalized the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped slavery.
Recommended for ages 14+
“A moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad … with a Hamilton-esque twist: [the songs] are reinvented as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers … A Must-See.” –Toronto Life
“Freedom Singer asks intelligent, open-ended questions and balances them with emotional musical moments and McClelland’s indisputable musical talent.” –Globe and Mail
“… a melting pot of performance, catharsis and reconciliation …” –Vancouver Courier
“Khari Wendell McClelland took us to church!” –VanCity Buzz
“Freedom Singer is a gorgeous, thrilling, and refreshing theatre experience.” –My Entertainment World
Photo credit: L-R: Noah Walker, Khari Wendell McClelland, Tanika Charles. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
To learn more about Freedom Singer‘s Canadian Fall Tour, click here.