Pan Times

The Pan Manís Triumphant Return to Stage

by WST

 

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. - PAN Man - The Musical is the latest success story in bringing the story of the Pan to the stage through the performing arts.

Jahlani Roberts (left) as Lypo in The Pan Man - The Musical
Jahlani Roberts (left) as Lypo in The Pan Man - The Musical

Part history lesson, part musical, with drama and comic relief. The Pan Man takes the audience through the life challenges of the Pan Man. Through examining the typical elements of the journey of Pan from scorn to acceptance, the cast of Pan Man under the direction of Michelle Mannette-Gomez, reenacts the pains, the joys and triumphs, all experienced directly and indirectly with the artform. Mannette-Gomez also directed the original Pan Man presentation back in 2010.

In his acting debut as Lypo the Pan Man, panist Jahlani Roberts gives a credible performance that showcases his deft pan playing skills, as well as puts him on the road to becoming much more than a panist - a triple threat (acting, performing and singing). Veteran actress Karen Holder knocks it out of the park with an awesome performance as the mother of Lypo, reprising her role from the 2010 production. Holderís wide range of captivating scenes as the glue which holds her family together allowed the audience to experience several emotional rollercoasters, including those representative of what the Pan Man lived in the early years of the art form.

Karen Holder as Josephina, mother of Lypo, in 2018ís Pan Man - The Musical
Karen Holder as Josephina, mother of Lypo, in 2018ís Pan Man - The Musical

Pan Man is the brain child of playwright and executive producer Franky Duke. In this production, Duke brings to life some of the difficulties faced by the early pan pioneers - highlighting the sometimes almost-irrational commitment to an artform that would highlight the genius, intellect and unbounded talent of a people globally.

Director Michelle Mannette-Gomez skillfully weaves the pan man's historical time-line to incorporate past and current events, along with attitudes. What comes through is a truthful representation of the experiences of pan people through an effective use of the full complement of the performing arts (song, dance and acting).

In addition for the June 2 and 3 shows at Calvary Cathedral of Praise in Brooklyn, stayed tuned for future performances of ĎPan Man - The Musical.í

Lypo the Pan Man, (left), with mother Josephina and father Rufus on stage in 2018ís Pan Man - The Musical
Lypo the Pan Man, (left), with mother Josephina and father Rufus on stage in 2018ís Pan Man - The Musical

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   The Pan Man - Lypo wins the talent contest - subsequently, however, Mr. Ramroop is not pleased about his missing oil drums.

  CAST  
Everton Bailey
EVERTON BAILEY
as Rufus
Jahlani Roberts
JAHLANI ROBERTS
as Lypo
Karen Holder
KAREN HOLDER  
as Josephina

Kathleen Pierre
as Dinah
Rev. Dan's Wife
Allans Walls
as Rev. Dan
BEVERLY BRUCE
as Dinah / Rev's wife

Keesh Miller
as Ms. Barrett
Kirten Gomez
Student - Susan
La Shonda Rice

Hannah Delapenha
Student - Claudia
Nasia Duke
Student
Kaliah Goffigan
Little Student

Kiel Cariah
as Mr. Chinfat &
student - Ox
Christian Gomez
Student - Benji
Bishop Mario Ford
as Mr. Ramroop

Gary Anglin
Worship Leader
   
CAST