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Rev. Yolanda
You may be asking: “Yolanda, how in heaven's name do you end up with your own passion play? Shouldn’t you at least be dead first?” Well, as a matter of fact, I was. And then born again. And dead again. And re-born again. Three times total: one for every whole-hearted attempt I made at releasing the false and living my truth.

choir- Jae W. B. and Phili Carroll:
And lo, were this Passion sent to shackle you further to the paradigm
known to the people as “heteronormativity,”
it would begin with the means of our hero’s biological existence,
known to the people as Mommy and Daddy.
But, behold and be held,
this Passion was sent to liberate you from the old paradigm,
and so we shall begin when our hero becomes the means of their own existence and births themselves,
first of many self-births,
known to the people as ‘coming out,’
that is, out of the gallery of wonders
known to the people as ‘Mom’s Closet’
where Little Tony Mapes
donned their first dress
and plumbed the delights of song
with their Barbies.

LITTLE TONY- Carlos Kantor:
But I don’t wanna come out. It’s Alabama. In the 50’s.

barbies: Jae W.B. , Phili Carroll, Doreen Younglove, Nakia
Alabama? In the 50’s?

Rev. Yolanda
But lo, an angel appeared outside the bedroom window and delivered a message.

SONG: MUSCLE SHOALS

ANGEL - Doreen Younglove:
WAY DOWN IN NORTH ALABAMA
ALONG THE RIVER TENNESSEE.
THERE LIES A SLEEPY LITTLE TOWN
THAT HAUNTS YOU in your DREAMS…
MUSCLE SHOALS.

MUSCLE SHOALS HAS A MUSIC SCENE
THAT WILL ATTRACT MANY STARS.
FROM LYNRD SKYNRD TO BOB DYLAN
THE ROLLING STONES TO ARETHA.

CHOIR/BARBIES:
CHAIN CHAIN CHAIN

REV. YOLANDA
THAT’S WHERE you LEARN
TO SING AND PLAY GUITAR
IN A GOSPEL BLUEGRASS BAND.
MAYBE ONE DAY you can BE A STAR?
DOES GOD HAVE A PLAN?

ANGEL
IN MUSCLE SHOOOOOOOOALS

barbies
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA

ANGEL
MUSCLE SHOALS

barbies
MUSCLE SHOALS, MUSCLE SHOALS

ANGEL
MUSCLE SHOOOOOOOOALS

barbies
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA

ALL
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA,
THE HIT RECORDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

LITTLE TONY
I KNOW ONE DAY I WILL BE A STAR
BECAUSE GOD HAS A PLAN.
AND I WILL LEARN HOW TO DREAM BIG -
DON'T CHA KNOW THAT THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN.
AND I’LL LEARN HOW TO BE A GOOD BOY
AND TAKE JESUS BY THE HAND
IN MUSCLE SHOALS...

BARBIES
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA

LITTLE TONY
MUSCLE SHOALS

BARBIES
MUSCLE SHOALS, MUSCLE SHOALS

LITTLE TONY
MUSCLE SHOOOOOOOOALS

BARBIES
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA

ALL
MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA,
THE HIT RECORDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

LITTLE TONY
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ME!