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Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play

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Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

About the show

This solo show explores the life of international superstar Josephine Baker through theater, song, and burlesque.  More…

Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20s. Her adopted country gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America. Written for and performed by Tymisha Harris, 'Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play' won "Best Show" and "Outstanding Solo Performance" at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and "Production of the Year" at last fall's Fringe Encore Series at the Soho Playhouse.

Member Reviews (55)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting
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Absorbing, Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Memorable dancing

See it if you want to see an impressive performance. JBaker enraptured Parisian society...and you'll get a glimpse of why. Harris is terrific as JB.

Don't see it if you want lots of info about JB (just go to Wikip). Here, you'll get the essence. Fabulous, dance (fan) & songs (Times Changin, La Vie En Ro)

Also This is a particularly engrossing solo/biographical show, in part beca... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Epic performance, Must see, Refreshing

See it if A stunning one-woman show. Tymisha Harris soars as Josephine. Captivated throughout. Beautiful voice, deft performance.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows. But this is definitely worth a try.

Quirky, Raunchy, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Good solo performance of J. Baker life highlights. Dancing was excellent, singing and acting not quite as strong. Audience loved it.

Don't see it if Script was a bit boring, especially if you already know her story. Music consists of solo voice on top of prerecorded instrumental.

Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

See it if you want to be taken back in history with the life of an entertainer extraordinaire. Delightful messages with fantastic singing.

Don't see it if one person shows are not your thing or if you are in any way unable to bear rough language or nudity.

Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are curious about Josephine Baker, her life, her dancing, her singing. This is one of the best solo-bio shows I have seen.

Don't see it if nudity distresses you. Josephine Baker was famous for her minimal costumes some of which have been recreated for this production.

Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Interacting with the audience telling her story. She sings, dances and it entertains you. The actress Tymisha Harris is excellent.

Don't see it if If you don't like the music from that time.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Beautiful performance, Glorious theatre.

See it if Would enjoy a delicious performer who loves the material and the person she's portraying. Strong Fringe show - worthy of recognition.

Don't see it if You might be offended by the burlesque and bawdier aspects of Baker's life. (That said, you don't have to know about Baker to enjoy this.)

Also Saw this on the first performance at the Fringe Encore Series at the S... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Raunchy, Enchanting

See it if if you are a Josephine Baker fan. Mustn't be missed. This lady is a winner!

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Josephine Baker and don't care.

Great singing, Experience depends as much on crowd as it does on the performer

See it if you like to hoot, cheer, and be a responsive audience member even if you aren’t selected for audience participation

Don't see it if you’ll be bothered by some holdups from frequent costume changes; you’re expecting Baker’s life in detail (this show sums up milestones)

Also The costume/tech issues will smooth themselves out in short order, but... Read more Read less

Baker's nightclub act re-created by a gifted singer

See it if Tymisha Harris nails Baker and shows her evolution from an awkward teenager to world-class performer, Some flashy costumes, too

Don't see it if Some educational patter and some iconic French and English songs. We also learn about her unusual personal life. She was happier in France

Absorbing, Refreshing, Amazing performance

See it if you want to revel in a masterful performance by triple threat Tymisha Harris-she's amazing. I never knew how fascinating Baker's story was.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows or have a problem with tasteful nudity in the style of burlesque.

Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy highly crafted movement and gesture work (and beautiful costumes!) You want to learn about Josephine Baker.

Don't see it if You want a tight one-person show. You want something with pace.

Brilliant & fresh, Sexy, Strong & seamless performance, Refreshing, Must see

See it if Harris is as gorgeous & stunning as her work onstage, her command of stage & character a remarkable tour de force, worth many trips downtown

Don't see it if Absolutely no reason not to—unless you’re a lot less comfortable in your skin than Ms Harris is onstage in hers.

Also Solo performances are hard enough to pull off and bios—especially of p... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Riveting

See it if fascinating, brilliant one woman show. I believed she was Josephine Baker! Do not miss this stellar performance by a triple threat!

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the fascinating Josephine Baker; you don't like intimate, cabaret-style performance spaces

Powerhouse performance, Absorbing, Intimate, Sexy

See it if you are interested in learning about the life of Josephine Baker. To see an impressive solo performance. Solid piece.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows. If you aren't comfortable with (almost) nudity.

Charming, Entertaining, Great singing, Engaging, Standard bio

See it if you'd enjoy a performance by an excellent, talented, engaging singer elevating an otherwise standard one-person bio show

Don't see it if an old-school burlesque fan dance in pasties would offend you;are not interested in the life of the great Josephine Baker

Also The show glosses over Josephine Baker's complicated and dramatic life.... Read more Read less

Delightful, Must see, Riveting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to get a taste of the extraordinary life of Josephine Baker told in words, songs, and action that will captivate and delight you.

Don't see it if you would be offended by the colorful life of the international super-star Josephine Baker

Also Tymisha Harris is a delightful entertainer. She embraces her character... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if a must see! Tymisha Harris is a Knockout. She inhabits the character and keeps the audience mesmerized.Flawless,fearless performance .Bravo!

Don't see it if don't miss this show! It won Best Show and Outstanding Solo Performance, 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival,and it's totally justified.See it!

Also this is an important and inspiring story.Josephine Baker was a woman a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are a Josephine Baker fan...

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows and/or are expecting a show with lots of great sets and pizzazz...

Also It's evident that Tymisha Harris loves playing this character and has ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great writing, Delightful, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Wow is all I can say Is this off-off-Broadway show is the reason why I go and see so much crap this show was really great one woman holds Up

Don't see it if I just can’t think of a reason not to see it it’s really great

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are interesting in the life and art of Josephine Baker or you want to see a first-rate performer

Don't see it if You have limited patience for a one-woman show

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy

See it if you want to learn about an important piece of entertainment history and be entertained in the process.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with some light audience participation or seeing breasts.

Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to spend some time getting to know legendary performer Josephine Baker, or just want to enjoy a great cabaret act. She sizzles!

Don't see it if semi-nude women, one woman shows; or biographical cabaret acts aren’t your thing.

Also Tymisha Harris captures the charm of Ms. Baker, and relays enough of t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if a show about Josephine Baker would interest you. The star was making her NYC debut and was quite good. The show is definitely worth seeing .

Don't see it if a solo performer in a small setting does not interest you. This venue needs more comfortable seating so that can be an issue for some people

Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if As a theatre goer you want to be entertained then go before it closes, show is entrancing and the actress is fantastic

Don't see it if If you want big productions and musical scores instead of recorded music, nudity bothers you, touchy topics (still sadly) are not your thing

Also I noted that it said show already closed when I logged onto this page,... Read more Read less

January 29th, 2018
"Harris, a skillful performer, offers a pretty fair version of that banana dance and capably handles a song list...Still, Baker was a far more complicated woman than the show presents...'Josephine' has definite audience-pleasing aspects, including a couple of sequences in which she enlists audien...
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January 23rd, 2018
“Subtitled ‘a burlesque cabaret dream play,’ ‘Josephine’ is more. It is a full-fledged musical with grit, sex, color and ebullient dancing, all supplied by the remarkable Tymisha Harris who gushes with love and truth about her subject, the legendary Josephine Baker...The main event, however, is t...
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January 22nd, 2018
"A story made for show business...It is the show's eye-catching star, Harris, who evokes Josephine's look and provocative spirit...Harris puts all she has into rounding out the sketchy portrait of Josephine, intensely emotional and farcically comical. With a husky, expressive voice, blithe nudity...
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January 22nd, 2018
"They mostly succeed in telling the thrilling details of her life story...The only thing missing to this presentation is a more refined production, which could turn this fun play into something far more powerful and electric...Harris as Josephine is delicious and layered...I only wish in her edgy...
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