When Phyllis Hyman committed suicide in 1995, fans and peers of the celebrated songstress were left shocked and saddened. Why did she do this? What was going on? Why didn't anyone close to her try to intervene? Well an upcoming musical hopes to answer all of those questions and more.
An Evening With Phyllis Hyman will "bring to life the untold story of the life, career and music of the singer/songwriter and actress in her own words."
Produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anthony Wayne, and Kendrell Bowman---the same team behind the critically acclaimed Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical---the show will star Jacqueline B. Arnold (pictured below), who was previously seen in Mighty Real portraying singer Martha Wash.
With a musical catalog that spans from the 70s to early 90s, Hyman released a slew of R&B/soul hits including "You Know How to Love Me" (1979), "Living All Alone" (1986) and her Billboard chart-topping hit "Don't Wanna Change the World" (1991).
Hyman---just shy of her 46th birthday---commited suicide by overdosing on prescription pills on June 30, 1995. A suicide note left behind read: "I'm tired. I'm tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you."
An Evening With Phyllis Hyman is set to premiere in New York City, , and will be a three-show limited engagement run at Actor’s Temple Theatre (339 West 47th St) on Saturday, January 28 (8PM) and Sunday, January 29 (2P and 7P).
Tickets ($45-$65) are available now at www.PhyllisHymanShow.com.