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Maryland Church Has Star-Studded Cast For Christmas Musical (VIDEO)

It’s an intimate story told from a unique perspective, brought to life by legendary artists with nearly a dozen Grammy Awards combined.

For more than a decade, some of the biggest names in gospel music have taken the stage for Someway, Somehow, a production where gospel meets Broadway and nativity scenes.

Creators Anthony Brown and Joshua Jenkins say the cast of more than 70 actors, singers and dancers has been rehearsing for months.

“This year’s cast is really over the top – BeBe Winans, David and Tamela Mann, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Jonathan McReynolds,” Brown said.

“Every year we try to bring something new, and we think about who these characters are and what their purpose is,” Jenkins said.

They cast BeBe Winans, a six-time Grammy-winning artist, as King Herod. Winans says he hopes to bring bits of his own personality to the biblical antagonist.

“At my age, I said to myself, ‘If it’s not fun, I don’t want to be a part of it,'” Winans said. “There’s a bit more authoritative element that’s different from who I am, but I can enjoy that at the same time.”

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David Mann, who plays both a sage and an angel, began singing with fellow artist Kirk Franklin; then he starred opposite Tyler Perry in the Christian “Madea” plays and films.

“I’ve been doing this for 31 years, and I didn’t realize it because you do what you do and you just forget it … until someone reminds you that you’re getting old,” Mann said.

Some of music’s greatest artists — like John Legend, Brandy, and the late Whitney Houston — got their start in churches.

While the gospel genre has permeated everything from ragtime to blues to hip-hop over the years, gospel artists say the core message remains the same.

“We’re definitely at a time now where we need good news,” Mann said. “I mean, there’s so much going on. We just got out of a pandemic and things that are happening in the world, war and all that. We are called to bring the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

“This piece is a tool to spread love and hope,” Jenkins said. “The music is easy, it’s a bonus.”

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