With 800 homers, Josh Gibson possessed “the power of Babe Ruth, without the strikeouts.” Yet, he never stepped up to the plate in the Whites-Only major leagues of his day. Discover his remarkable story on stage at the Detroit Opera House.
The Summer King tells the story of Negro Leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It’s a story of talent, heartbreak and one man’s journey to overcome prejudice and discrimination. Michigan Opera Theatre is proud to present this groundbreaking new work co-produced with the Pittsburgh Opera.
Music by Daniel Sonenberg; Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester, with additional lyrics by Mark Campbell.
Four performances only, on select dates Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 20.
Stephen Lord – “Detroit is such a great sports town. It was home to one of the original Negro National League teams and a place where Josh Gibson played in the visiting dugout. His inspirational story just begs to be told as an opera.”