'The Jackie Wilson Story'
(Music Hall, Detroit, Michigan - Feb. 4th, '03)
What a show!!!! The "opening night" audience of the 'Jackie Wilson Story' ('My Heart is Crying, Crying') was sent home with goose bumps after being taken on a nostalgic road trip through the life of Jackie Wilson. Jackie Taylor wrote and directed this Black Ensemble Theater Company production playing at the Music Hall through February 9. Wilson's family in attendance was introduced to a warm welcome as they were honored with a proclamation that was presented to them by a representative of the City of Detroit's Council and Mayor.
The story as told by means of narration, acting, and song takes us on an emotional journey from Wilson's childhood on till his death at the age of 49 in 1984. Chester Gregory II, as Jackie, mesmerized the audience into believing that it was actually watching Jackie Wilson perform live.
Not only did he sound just like Wilson but also he captivated the audience with the same movements and gestures that made Jackie Wilson so famous. Chester's performance made it evident the influence that Wilson had on future performers such as James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.
Melba Moore was outstanding as Wilson's mother, Eliza while Lyle Miller performs equally well as both Sam Cooke and Clyde McPhatter. In fact, there was nothing lacking by any of the 12 cast members in regards to the performances given other than to say that the audience wanted more and more and more. This is a must-see for any music enthusiast.
Reviewed by Diana Richmond - Exclusive Magazine reader!
"I want to thank Exclusive Magazine for the tickets to 'The Jackie Wilson Story.' It was great and we really enjoyed it. You laughed, you cried, you felt like you were a part of it. I've always enjoyed the oldies and it was just like going back in time !"
Shirley Friedman, Oak Park