“It’s been a while since I directed a musical,” said Carrie Morris, director of Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP). “I forgot how much work it is.”
CMAP, a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit winner, is one of four arts groups that comprise the Carpenter Exchange–a creative placemaking initiative focused on Detroit’s Carpenter Street and rounded out by fellow Knight Arts grantees The Hinterlands, Popps Packing and Power House Productions. As part of the Carpenter Exchange, CMAP has been putting on free outdoor theater events all summer.
With her latest, “Bebop: The Musical,” Morris certainly had her work as director and producer cut out for her. An original work of satirical puppet theater written by Scott Gwinnell, “Bebop” featured a live jazz band and vocal talent, in addition to a puppet show starring fictionalized caricatures of some of jazz history’s greatest names.