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Presented in 2004 at Paul Robeson Theatre and in 2005 and 2007 at Millennium Centre, Buku Productions Theatre Company’s production of “Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round” was written and directed by Artistic Director, Reuben Yabuku. The story line and a couple of songs in the show came pretty quickly to Reuben as an inspired piece of work.
The entire staging for the show was done fifteen years prior to the script being completed, because he couldn’t find the right songwriting partner to create the songs and music for the Gospel musical about the political career of Dr. Martin Luther King. When Reuben commissioned Patricia Grant of Inkster, Michigan to help write the songs, magic happened. Pat finished writing the needed songs in a couple of weeks and the birth of this stylized musical production, finally, was ready to be mounted and hit the stage. It’s become a perennial production for us.
Our 2003 production of “The Meeting” asked a simple question: What if Martin Luther King and Malcolm X really did have a secret meeting to discuss their philosophical differences and similarities. Roosevelt Johnson, Steve Dixon, and Casante Williams were the performers in this dramatic theatre production, presented at the Paul Robeson Theatre. Malcolm and Martin debated in intense and, sometimes, humorous fashion. At one point they even resorted to challenging each other to an arm wrestle. This audience-pleaser kicked off Buku Productions Theatre Company’s 2003/2004 theatre season.