From arias to show tunes, Divas deliver sass, style

Performance Review

July 23, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

First there were Three Tenors. Then Three Mo' Tenors. Now comes 3 Mo' Divas.

Capitalizing on the Three Tenors phenomenon -- an international hit, not to mention a PBS fundraising staple -- six years ago, director/choreographer Marion J. Caffey devised an African-American version called Three Mo' Tenors. Not wanting to shortchange the ladies, he has come up with 3 Mo' Divas, which is making its East Coast debut at Washington's Arena Stage.

Actually, there are six divas, because the vocally demanding show has two alternating casts. The threesome I saw includes Andrea Jones-Sojola, an operatic soprano who has performed with companies from Ohio to Italy; Nina Negri, a veteran of regional theater and touring musicals; and two-time Tony Award-nominee Vivian Reed.

3 MO' DIVAS -- Through Aug. 13 -- Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington -- $55-$74 -- 202-488-3300 or arenastage.org

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