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It was nearly 21 years ago when the news that celebrate chanteuse Phyllis Hyman committed suicide. With many fans left with unanswered questions as to what could have possibly drove her to take her own life, a forthcoming musical titled An Evening With Phyllis Hyman is hoping to put some of the pieces together.

Produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anthony Wayne and Kendrel Bowman, the musical is said to highlight Hyman’s life and career. For those unfamiliar, she was best known for her singles from the late 1970s to early 1990s, which included “You Know How to Love Me,” “Living All Alone,” and “Don’t Wanna Change the World,” among others. Hyman was also well known as first cousin of actor Earle Hyman, who can be remembered for his recurring role on The Cosby Show as Russel Huxtable, Cliff’s father.

Hyman also starred in the 1981 musical Sophisticated Ladies, which was based on the music of Duke Ellington. Nevertheless, with a growing portfolio, Hyman committed suicide by overdosing on prescription pills just days before her 46th birthday. “I’m tired. I’m tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you,” read the suicide note she penned.

With only three performances of the world premiere engagement to be done at the Actors’ Temple in New York City, it’s bound to be an extraordinary show. Find out more information about An Evening With Phyllis Hyman here.

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