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Billy Porter resurrects ‘The Life’ in his NYC directorial debut

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“We are at war to save the soul of humanity. Thoughts and prayers don’t mean shit. Hate is an action. Love is an action. Peace … is an action.” The words are spoken by Old JoJo, the narrator of a new concert production of The Life.

But the imprint is decidedly Billy Porter, who has reimagined the musical for a new generation. And he’s taking no prisoners.

Featuring music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman, and a book by the pair along with David Newman, The Life was nominated for 12 Tony Awards (winning two) when it premiered 25 years ago.

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