Barber Shop Show Preview: Crowns, culture and community - (photos)

How can a hat take you on an emotional journey?

That's what can happen when it's not just a hat--it's a crown. This week, on the Barber Shop Show, we're talking about the Goodman Theatre's musical production, Crowns, a "celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear."

African American women have long donned beautiful hats for Sunday church services, a tradition of both faith and fashion. We'll be talking to several cast members of Crowns, both about their roles and the culture of hats in black churches.

The musical is based on the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, by Craig Marberry and Michael Cunningham. The 10th anniversary of the original production by director Regina Taylor, Crowns runs through August 12.

Want a peek inside the production? Here's a few photos of the fine actresses--and their hats:

To hear more about Crowns and the tradition of fine hats in African American churches, tune into the Barber Shop Show, live on Vocalo 89.5 FM or Vocalo.org on Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

Can't listen live? Hear the rebroadcast on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. or catch the podcast on the station's website, always up the Tuesday following the show.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Goodman Theatre

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