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17 March, 2022

Respect: Franklin’s life comes to stage

THE electrifying show “Respect”, a journey through Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph, will be the star attraction at Cairns Performing Arts Centre early next month.

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Starring Australia’s “Soul Mama” Angie Narayan, Respect is a masterful piece of storytelling about family, loyalty and victory, layered with glorious harmonies and sassy repartee. 

Act 1 begins with a bang in the 1960s, taking you back in time where Aretha’s career all began. It explores Aretha’s family, her childhood, the church, meeting her manager / husband, the Civil Rights movement, her biggest musical crush and the profound impact the song Respect had on the world! 

Other songs including Natural Woman, Say A Little Prayer and Son of a Preacher Man are just a taste of Aretha’s classics that will feature. 

Act 2 starts off in the 70s, which was a turbulent decade with bombed albums, failed relationships and family tragedy. Moving into the 80s, songs like Sisters are Doin it for Themselves, Freeway of Love, Everyday People are just some of the hits guaranteed to please. 

The show will be performed on Friday, 8 April from 7.30pm. 

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