Mama I Want to Sing

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Mama, I Want to Sing! is an American musical film written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, produced by Vision Films and CodeBlack Entertainment, and distributed by 20th Century Fox's Fox Faith division. The film is an adaptation of the off-Broadway... read more

Mama, I Want to Sing! is an American musical film written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, produced by Vision Films and CodeBlack Entertainment, and distributed by 20th Century Fox's Fox Faith division. The film is an adaptation of the off-Broadway gospel stage musical of the same name, written and produced by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro. The film is based on the life story of Doris Troy, a preacher's daughter who sang in a church choir before being discovered by James Brown. Doris Troy's niece, Knoelle, who has played the star role in the off-Broadway production, makes her film debut in the movie in a principal role. One of the executive producers announced via Twitter that the movie was completed in June 2009. The official movie trailer was released and premiered on September 22, 2009. It was set to premiere September 26, 2009 at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City, but due to technical issues it was canceled. The film was also slated to premiere on July 23, 2010, at the Faith Film Festival, but was also cancelled as well. In an October 2010 interview, Jeff Clanagan (CEO of Codeblack Entertainment) announced that the film was set for a January 14, 2011 release. However, it was pulled from the 10-15 theaters it was scheduled for at the last minute. In December 2011, a press release from Fox Home Entertainment states that Mama, I Want to Sing! will become a direct-to-video film. A new promo shot was also released. The film was released straight-to-DVD on February 14, 2012 following years of production hell and numerous delays.

Original Release

01/19/2011

US Release

01/19/2011

Cast

Ciara Amara Winter
Lynn Whitfield Lillian Winter
Patti LaBelle Sister Carrie
Billy Zane Amara's Manager
Hill Harper Jeff Andrews
Ben Vereen Horace Payne
Juanita Bynum Beverly
Ahmaya-Knoelle Nicole
Paris Bennett Elyse
Kristen Broussard Amara's Hairstylist
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Charles Randolph-Wright

Writers

Vy Higginsen, Charles Randolph-Wright

Cast

Ciara Amara Winter
Lynn Whitfield Lillian Winter
Patti LaBelle Sister Carrie
Billy Zane Amara's Manager
Hill Harper Jeff Andrews
Ben Vereen Horace Payne
Juanita Bynum Beverly
Ahmaya-Knoelle Nicole
Paris Bennett Elyse
Kristen Broussard Amara's Hairstylist
Alexandra Cheron Kimberly
Carl Jay Cofield Armstrong
Daurice Cummings Airplane Passenger / Supper Club Patron
Dugie Dugas Lillian's Body Guard
Tracey Dundas Lillian's Make-up Artist
Shonda Farr Holly
Ross Francis Adam Keene
Dena Gill Amara's Makeup Artist
Geraldine Glenn Still Photographer
Adrian Hammond Himself

Producers

Monica Floyd Executive Producer
Vy Higginsen Executive Producer
Robert Maurin III Executive Producer
Nick Thurlow Executive Producer
Gregory M. Walker Executive Producer
Richard Walters Executive Producer
Marvet Britto Producer
Holly Davis Carter Producer
Jeff Clanagan Producer
Jordan Kessler Producer
David Pomier Producer
Adam Robinson Producer

Editors

John Sitter, Aaron L. Williams

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