Tamika Lawrence, Vocals
Shaleah Adkisson, Vocals
Corwyn Hodge, Vocals
John Boswell, Piano
Table of Contents
Thomas A. Dorsey
Traditional, Arr. Daryl McKenzie
I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU)
Ronnie Shannon, Arr. Richard Maslove
SON OF A PREACHER MAN
John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins, Orch. Ryan Shirar
CHAIN OF FOOLS
Don Covay, Arr. Richard Maslove
DON’T PLAY THAT SONG (YOU LIED)
Ahmet Ertegun & Betty Nelson, Orch. Scott Ryan
BABY, I LOVE YOU
Ronnie Shannon, Arr. Richard Maslove
AIN’T NO WAY
Carol Franklin, Orch. Ryan Shirar
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
I DREAMED A DREAM
Claude Michel-Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer, Orch. Ryan Shirar
Aretha Franklin & Ted White, Arr. Richard Maslove
GIMME A FIFTH O’ FUNK
Ludwig “Funk” Beethoven, Arr. Tim Berens
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
Bobby Lance & Fran Robins, Orch. Scott Ryan
SOMETHING HE CAN FEEL
Curtis Mayfield, Orch. Scott Ryan
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
Paul Simon, Orch. Scott Ryan
(YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN
Gerry Goffin, Carole King & Jerry Wexler, Orch. Ryan Shirar
ROLLING IN THE DEEP
Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, Arr. Daryl McKenzie
Our guest artists for this tribute to Aretha Franklin include two-time Grammy-winning artist Tamika Lawrence, who has appeared on Broadway for a decade in shows The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Beautiful, and more. She has sung backgrounds for artists including Hugh Jackman and Idina Menzel and appeared in “The Wiz Live!” on NBC. In 2018, Tamika won a Grammy for her work on the Dear Evan Hansen album. She received a 2022 Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Black No More. Tamika recently starred in Caroline or Change on Broadway!
Shaleah Adkisson has been seen on Broadway and on tour in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical and off-Broadway in the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. She also performs in New York City and on tour withBack to the Garden, the all-female tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Laura Nyro. When not on stage, Shaleah works as an administrator and teaching artist with Bridge Arts Ensemble, a non-profit organization catering to public schools in upstate New York.
Corwyn Hodge is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and received his BFA in musical theatre from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM). Some of Corwyn’s show credits include The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Grease to name a few. He is also part of an acapella group called MO5AIC (Mosaic) which travels the world, headlines in Las Vegas, and has performed with Tony Bennett, Prince, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake.
These talented vocalists will be joined by John Boswell on piano. John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart, as well as the concert tours of “Cinema Toast,””That’s Life: A Toast to Sinatra,””Blockbuster Today,” “Three Men and a Baby Grand,” “Blockbuster Broadway!” and “The Spy Who Loved Me” starring Sheena Easton. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy For You, and recently appeared at Birdland in New York in his acclaimed musical comedy cabaret “Cashino.”
Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest singers of all time, and is among the world’s best-selling music artists. She began singing gospel at her father’s church in Detroit, and as part of her first record deal, she released “Precious Lord” in 1956. Her early friends and influences included Mavis Staples, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye. After a lackluster stint at Columbia Records, Aretha signed with Atlanta Records in 1967 and worked with producer Jerry Wexler; it was a match made in music heaven.
The run of hits that followed kicked off with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” recorded at the famous studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was her first number one hit on the R&B chart and reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Next, Aretha’s modified version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” became her first single to reach number one on both the R&B and pop charts.
Her next two number-one songs came later in 1967: "Baby I Love You" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," written by Carole King. 1968 brought more hit singles: "Chain of Fools," "Ain't No Way," "Think," and "I Say a Little Prayer." Aretha also won her first two Grammys, including the first time an award was given for Best Female R&B Performance.
You may wonder why “Nessun Dorma,” a famous aria from Puccini’s opera Turandot, is on the program for this concert. At the Grammys in 1998, Aretha was asked to perform “Nessun Dorma” when Luciano Pavarotti fell ill. She received a standing ovation, and later recorded the aria and performed it live several times.
One of her final hits is also included in our program. Aretha performed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on Late Night with David Letterman in 2014 and released her recording on her final studio album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. Aretha continued to perform live during her final years, including a show-stopping appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors, the “Star Spangled Banner” at an NFL game in her home town of Detroit, and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation 25th anniversary gala. Aretha Franklin passed away in August 2018 at the age of 76.
Aretha Franklin remains as popular and relevant today as ever. In recent years, she was portrayed in two separate projects about her life – “Genius: Aretha,” a four-part series on NatGeo starring Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, and the film Respect, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
Join the Cape Symphony for Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601. To purchase tickets, visit capesymphony.org, call the Box Office at 508-362-1111, email
With thanks to Wikipedia.