Breath & Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes - a Musical by Daniel Beaty
Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes, the first world-renowned African American classical vocalist. The son of a former slave, Roland discovered his voice as a young boy singing spirituals in church. This musical chronicles his amazing journey from a backwater village in Georgia to singing before kings and queens in Europe – his life through words, classical music, movement, and spirituals. Breath & Imagination explores one man’s determination to be an artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds.