It was the summer of 1949 when Detroit began ushering in a new wave of urban renewal, and Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood quickly became the target for the bulk of the city’s urban redevelopment. The Plowshares Theatre Company‘s new musical “Hastings Street” depicts the life of one African American family, the Carsons, in flux as the city unravels a host of changes of its own. The musical runs through July 31, 2022 at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Before the world premiere of the musical, “American Black Journal” producer Marcus Green takes viewers behind the scenes to a rehearsal to see how the musical came together. Plus, Green talks with the musical’s co-creators, jazz trumpeter/composer Kris Johnson, actor/singer John Sloan III, and Plowshares Theatre Artistic Director Gary Anderson about the making of the musical, the Detroit history it represents, and the message viewers can take away from the performance. 

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