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One notable performance was Taprena Michelle Augustine having her "And I Am Telling You" moment as she brazenly slayed the audience with "Today I Sing the Blues." The audience nearly caught the Holy Ghost. 

The Washington Post



"Taprena Augustine glows with style as the singer and universal lust object Shug Avery"

Theater Review: Florida Studio Theatre’s And the World Goes ’Round

The tone is set right from the beginning with a powerful rendition of the show’s title tune by Taprena Michelle Augustine that assures us that no matter what ups and downs there are in life, the world does in fact go ’round for another season, and another. 


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- DENNIS J. FREEMAN CALIFORNIA CRUSADER NEWS

 

"...Augustine does what Margaret Avery did

in the film The Color Purple as Shug Avery

25 years ago; steal the show. Augustine is

simply a star in the making. The way

Augustine embodies Shug Avery on stage

with every shimmer, every purr and every

stealth step, it's just a matter of time before

Augustine blossoms into a household name.”

- DENNIS J. FREEMAN

CALIFORNIA CRUSADER NEWS

World Herald

 

“Augustine impresses with a bawdy, rousing

juke-joint number (“Push the Button”) and

the inspiring title song.”

- BOB FISCHBACH

WORLD-HERALD

THE TENNESSEAN

 

“Augustine has the presence, and the talent,

to pull off the flamboyant Shug.”

- EVANS DONNELL

THE TENNESSEAN


BROADWAY WORLD


“Taprena Augustine, as Shug Avery... gives a

superbly crafted performance, capturing the

duality of Shug's nature (both the romantic

and the realist) and singing with heart and

soul.”

- JEFFREY ELLIS

BROADWAY WORLD