Before Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of the bus,
before Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a movement,
Lloyd Price’s music brought Black and white youth together.
From obscure beginnings to overnight teen sensation, from unsung trailblazer to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the story of Lloyd Price has never been told onstage— until now. Featuring a stellar cast of fifteen singers and dancers performing iconic hits like “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Stagger Lee,” and the legendary song that became his namesake, this world premiere musical celebrates one of the most resilient and influential entertainers of our time, Lloyd "Mr. Personality" Price.
By special arrangement with The Hard Kill LLC
Recommended for ages 16+ for mature themes and language
Presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound Technology by L-Acoustics
Please note: masks are currently required indoors at People's Light, regardless of vaccination status. Ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test, along with a valid ID, for entry into the theatre. Valid ID includes any government photo ID, or two other identifying documents, such as a W-2 form, pay stub, utility bill, or other documented evidence of name and address. Please read our full Health & Safety protocols before planning your visit.
Individual Sponsors: Katie & Bill McNabb
Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. Audio description is available upon request.
Sunday, March 20 at 2pm
Audio description, provided by Nicole Sardella, is available upon request at this performance, which is also a Relaxed Performance.
Sunday, March 20 at 2pm
During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.
We have extensive protocols and precautions in place for all performances to keep audiences, staff, and artists safe. In addition, the following performances will only be sold to 50% capacity to ensure extra distance between parties.
March 11 at 7:30pm
March 18 at 7:30pm
March 20 at 2pm (Relaxed Performance)
March 22 at 7:30pm
March 25 at 7:30pm
March 29 at 7:30pm
April 1 at 7:30pm
To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Lloyd Price’s story is now a musical. ‘Personality’ beautifully recalls his life and legacy
"Aubyn and Washington ... are both electrifying performers. So, too, is Miles Boone, as Price’s rival, Little Richard, and, for that matter, the rest of the ensemble."
People’s Light presents Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical
"A skillful biography-with-music that engagingly chronicles the life of an under-recognized 20th-century pop star."
"Saint Aubyn brings adult 'Mr. Personality' to life with a five-star grin, vocals and plenty of charisma of his own, while Nathaniel Washington provides raw power to kinetic young Lloyd."
'Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical'
"A must see on every level."
"Dazzling, fast-paced, high-energy"
"Personality is a fantastic new musical that will keep Lloyd Price's life and music on our minds from decades to come."
Actress Donnie Hammond says new role gets her moving
"There are lots of people around who may be good at what they do, but you have to be better than good. You also have to be willing to take chances."
WHYY – An American story: The life of R&B singer Lloyd Price premieres at People’s Light
"Price was able to see an early version of Personality before he died. . . After the reading Price got onstage to address the audience, but the normally effusive performer was overwhelmed, struck dumb. Madoff remembers seeing tears on his face.
'I go out there and hug him, and his body is quaking and he’s sobbing,' he said."