Baltimore Center Stage: Marley
May 08–June 14
  • Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley
  • Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah

From Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, comes a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1976, Marley left Jamaica for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century’s most important cultural figures. Set in the soundscape of an era, this new musical weaves together the life and music of a man who, to heal himself, first healed his homeland.



Christopher Dews, Tracey Farrar, Gary Kayi Fletcher, Victoria Harper, Bill Hurlbut, Kyle A. Jackson, Jeff Kirkman III, Mawk, Allison McLean, Marili Mejias, Olu Butterfly Woods

Creative Team


Music Supervisor, Arranger/Orchestrator

Music Director, Additional Arrangements/Orchestrations


Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Projection Designer

Wigs/Hair/Makeup Designer

Production Dramaturg

Production Dramaturg


Fight Director

Acting Coach to Mr. Brunings

Vocal Coach

Dialect Coach

Associate Director

Dance and Fight Captain

Casting Director

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

In the Press

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Be ready to have a good time... The energy [is] electric.— The Baltimore Sun
Brilliant… [Marley] should absolutely not be missed.— BroadwayWorld
Deeply absorbing.— City Paper
Brunings’ vocals are flawless.— DC Metro Theater Arts
Utterly enjoyable... Dynamic and deeply felt.— DC Metro Theater Arts
Jamming with righteous rhythms, spiritual power, and a potent message about love, justice, and revolution.— DC Theatre Scene
A thrilling theatrical experience... Truly spectacular.— MD Theatre Guide
In the News
The Washington Post—‘Marley’ rises up in Baltimore
City Paper—Trenchtown to Sandtown: ‘Marley’ premieres at Center Stage...
Wall Street Journal—How a director found the right man to play reggae legend Bob Marley
The New York Times—Bob Marley Musical Set for Baltimore’s Center Stage
Baltimore Magazine—Center Stage finds its Bob Marley in Holland
American Theatre Magazine—‘Kwame Kwei-Armah imagines Marley in exile'