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ArtsCentric celebrates African-American female vocal artists in 'Sincerely, Me'
ArtsCentric celebrates African-American female vocal artists in 'Sincerely, Me'

A couple of times during "Sincerely, Me," an ambitious production presented by ArtsCentric, the audience is asked to imagine how poorer our world would be without the legacy of African American women who raised their voices in song. For the bulk of the show's two-and-a-half hours or so, the all-female cast offers a high-octane reminder of that legacy. About 40 covers of songs originally performed by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, the Shirelles, and the Supremes are packed into this work, all delivered with intense commitment and energy. "Sincerely, Me" -- the subtitle is "Our Lives, Our Songs, Our Stories" -- doesn't boast the most...

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