SHIDA: A New Musical (Jeannette Bayardelle) One woman show done at Ars Nova in 2013. A FOOTLIGHT EXCLUSIVE!


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SHIDA A New Musical 

World Premiere Off-Broadway

New York, NY

July 19 – August 28, 2013


SHIDA, an original musical created and performed by Broadway veteran and gospel music artist Jeannette Bayardelle (The Color Purple; Hair), received its World Premiere production Off-Broadway in the summer of 2013 as an Ars Nova Summer Fling – 511 W. 54 St. in Manhattan. Directed by Andy Sandberg, SHIDA is a one-woman musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jeannette Bayardelle.


Set to a soulfully contaegous score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, SHIDA is based on the true story of a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life – from the double-dutch court at St. Mary’s Catholic School in the Bronx to a scholarship at NYU. Her dreams become sidetracked by hardship and loss until her faith and those closest to her combine to restore Shida’s hope and give her a second chance. SHIDA is a tour-de-force for Jeannette Bayardelle, who takes us through Shida’s powerful, funny, and inspirational story, portraying multiple different roles.


Ms. Bayardelle performed a sold-out one-night-only concert version of the musical at Birdland as part of the Broadway at Birdland series, and SHIDA subsequently received a workshop at Ars Nova as part of the Project Residency Initiative, both under the direction of Mr. Sandberg.



“An IMPRESSIVE voice. An IMPRESSIVE performance. The work of a QUADRUPLE THREAT!”

–The New York Times 




“70 MINUTES packed with hope, fear, laughter, and growth”

–Curtain Up



“An emotionally gripping TOUR-DE-FORCE!”

–Curtain Up



“SHIDA is awesomely TRANSFORMATIVE! Jeannette Bayardelle’s fast-paced, biographical glimpse at a modern black woman’s tragedies and triumphs packs a punch. A MUST-SEE experience”

–Karu F. Daniels, Uptown Magazine



“A GENUINE TALENT for storytelling.”




“SATISFYINGLY SOULFUL melodies, delivered with a strong, Broadway-caliber voice.”




“An emotional MASTERPIECE”

–Electric Link



“Bayardelle’s vocals SURPRISE and IMPRESS.”

–NY Daily News



“TRANSFORMATIVE. As anthemic as FOR COLORED GIRLS…SHIDA packs a punch, and Bayardelle sings her face off! GO SEE IT!”

–Karu F. Daniels



“Bayardelle is nothing short of ASTONISHING!”

–Chicago Sun-Times


“Bayardelle is a powerhouse singer!”

–San Francisco Chronicle


Jeannette Bayardelle has written a raw and thrilling piece of theater called SHIDA, and we were absolutely thrilled to present the first public reading at Birdland! This one-woman tour-de-force has a soulful score that features rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, and judging from the response of the sold-out house, is one that should be heard by theater-lovers everywhere. Many thanks to Jeannette, musical director Clay Bogan III, and director Andy Sandberg for bringing this inspiring evening to our stage!

–Jim Caruso, Broadway at Birdland




Jeannette Bayardelle starred as Celie in the Broadway and touring companies of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, for which she received the NAACP Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Ms. Bayardelle went on to play Dionne in the Tony Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway, and she has appeared Off-Broadway in Diane Paulus’ The Best of Both Worlds. Her national and international theatre credits include The Color Purple, Deaf West’s Big River, Rent, and Sister Act. Her voice is featured in the Disney film The Little Mermaid III. Her albums include “I Know Who I Am,” “Praise Report,” and “Transferable.” Jeannette is also well known to audiences around the world for her gospel music career. For more information about Ms. Bayardelle, visit

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