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Conceived by Karla Koskinen

Book and Lyrics by Tommy Newman

Music by Jaime Lozano and Tommy Newman

Translations by Dr. Kazadi Wa Mukuna


“A hit with a resonating cast, story and song. SAVAGE definitely contains all the elements to go to Broadway.” — Broadway World


This new and original musical recounts the startling true tale of a Mbuti man, Ota Benga, taken in the early 1900s by missionary and anthropologist Samuel Verne for exhibition at the St. Louis World’s Fair and, later, The Bronx Zoo. Displaced and cruelly exploited, Ota Benga is left to marginally exist in a world he does not understand, never able to return to his homeland. This captivating new musical seamlessly blends fiction, history, dance, traditional African Congo music, ragtime, as well as contemporary music. A new musical that explores race in America both past and present.


2019 University of Alabama in Birmingham Production

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