Who would have thought a musical set in the 1960s would translate so well in the year 2018? The message in “A Sign of the Times,” which premiered Nov. 28 at The Delaware Theatre Company, is as relevant as ever—that a young woman with hopes and dreams has to be determined if she wants to find her voice.
We spoke with Chilina Kennedy, the Canadian-born Broadway superstar who plays Cindy, the show’s heroine, on what drew her to the role and how many hours of rehearsal is required before the show hits the stage.
What drew you to the role of Cindy?
“She’s a strong character. She’s got questions in her mind and doesn’t quite know who she is in the beginning. She has love for her small town boyfriend but wants to make a change in the world.”
How can women of 2018 relate to Cindy?
“There are two big movements going on in the story, the feminist movement and the civil right’s movement. There are direct parallels to the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements that are taking place so the story is very relevant.”
Crystal Lucas-Perry plays Tanya, Cindy’s roommate and friend.// PHOTO Courtesy of Ann Marley.
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What did it take to prepare for this role?
“We rehearse from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day with one day off. With a brand new show like this, we got four weeks to prepare. On my day off, I will often go to physical therapy because my body is so sore.”
Do you have a favorite scene/moment within the show?
“I love the complexity of the relationships within the show. There isn’t a black and white option—Cindy and her boyfriend have different philosophies. They love each other but it still doesn’t work out in the end.”
What is next for you?
I was starring in “Beautiful” (The Carole King Musical on Broadway), which gave me seven months off, but I will go back to that in January. I also run a theater company in Toronto and I have written a show called “Call it Love.”
“A Sign of the Times” is a new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark and multiple hit-makers of the 1960s. Featuring a book by legendary comedy writer and six-time Emmy award-winner Bruce Vilanch and based on an original story by Richard Robin, the show is directed by Gabriel Barre with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Opening night is set for Saturday, Dec. 8.
Tickets start at $25. Purchase them here, or call 594-1100.
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St., Wilmington