In April, 60 Minutes aired a segment about “Alive! 55+ and Kickin.” I knew this was a must see performance. I remembered Vy Higgensen when she produced the play, “Mama, I Want to Sing”, in 1983. The production is still remembered as one of the best musicals during that time. I immediately knew that I had to see “Alive! 55+ and Kickin!”
“Alive! 55+ and Kickin” is about the healing and transformative power of stories and song performed by real people, not professional actors. The performers just happen to be gifted with talent and song. There is a wide variety of music ranging from Gospel, R&B, and Motown. The performers’ stories will impact you. They will make you laugh. They will also sadden and surprise you. You will learn about how many of them have survived living and are still “kickin”.
I looked at the sold out audience and saw diversity in race, gender and age. Vy Higgensen asked for a roll call of ages in the audience. The oldest person in the audience was a fabulous looking 96 year old woman. Of course, the audience gave her a standing ovation!
The musical is located in Harlem, New York – 127 West 127th Street. Harlem, NY, is one of the main tourist attractions. After the play enjoy taking in the history of Harlem and the wonderful, famous restaurants like “Silvias” and the “Red Rooster” and so much more. My grandparents lived in Harlem for over 40 years. I have fond memories of visiting them!
When the play was over, I felt happy, grateful, inspired, and full of energy. I was grateful that I was “Alive! 55+ and Kickin!” Go see this wonderful musical. Let me know how you feel when it is over. Are you inspired to live life fully? Have a great end of the summer! Enjoy being alive and live life strong and kickin’!