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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Reggae redemption story 'The Harder They Come' set for return

THE hit reggae musical The Harder They Come enjoyed a triumphant week in 2008 when it stormed on to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage to standing ovations and acclaimed reviews. Now, the musical magic is set to return to the theatre next month.
Perennially topical, The Harder They Come is the acclaimed adaptation of the groundbreaking 1972 film of the same name starring Jimmy Cliff, featuring his classic songs such as You Can Get It If You Really Want, Rivers of Babylon, and the hit title track.
An all-time classic film soundtrack and one of reggae's best ever-selling recordings, Cliff's songs remain as inspirational and relevant as when they were first written in the aftermath of Jamaica's early years of Independence.
The Harder They Come tells the story of young singer Ivan Martin who heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star, but the harsh reality of the Jamaican music scene drives him to a fast and furious life as an outlaw.
He is robbed, beaten and forced into crime to survive but his salvation is his music and soon his name is in the pop charts as well as the most wanted lists.
The Harder They Come, which features a live reggae band, stars Birmingham born Matthew J Henry as Ivan.
The show was written by the film's original producer /writer/ director, the late Perry Henzell.
It runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday, May 25 to Saturday, May 29. Tickets are priced from £12 to £28.
Book online at or call 0844 338 5000.

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