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City Theatre & Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Present Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

City Theatre (@CityTheatreMIA) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@ArshtCsenter) are proud to present Bob Marley's Three Little Birds. This jammin' musical featuring the timeless music and lyrics of Bob Marley is based on the children's book (Every Little Thing) by his daughter Cedella Marley. Playing June 22-July 9 in the Arsht Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater, Bob Marley's Three Little Birds features a live reggae band playing onstage and makes for an entertaining summer theater event for the whole family.

Based on a story by Cedella Marley

Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley

Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt

Arrangements, Orchestrations, Additional Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II

This jammin’ musical shares the legendary reggae artist's message of peace and love with a new generation of songbirds!

Bob Marley's Three Little Birds is a tale of peace and love. Mama says "breathe easy," but Ziggy's afraid to leave the house. He's too busy worrying about tropical storms, and evil spirits, and steering clear of that sneaky, hair-snatching Duppy! But with the help of Doctor Bird and his feathered friends, Ziggy's reminded that "every little thing gonna be all right!"

"It's an honor to see my father's music connect with each new generation. My own children loved singing ‘Three Little Birds’ when they were little. It was like their own little mantra, and that's what inspired me to write the book. Seeing this story come to life onstage illustrated by my father's music gives it an added dimension. It's positive, uplifting vibe is something the world needs more of, especially these days," shares Cedella Marley.

Bob Marley's Three Little Birds is directed by Gladys Ramírez with musical direction by Jamie Hinckson and choreography by Sandra Portal-Andreu. The cast includes TJ Pursley (“Ziggy”), Noelle Nicholas (“Nansi”), Frankie Midnight (“Duppy”), Malik Archibald (“Doctor Bird”), Toddra Brunson (“Cedella”), and Deanna Gamboa (“Tacoomah”).

The Bob Marley's Three Little Birds creative team includes City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford; set designer Jodi Dellaventura; sound designer Steve Shapiro; costume designer Ellis Tillman; lighting designer Eric Nelson; properties designer Jameelah Bailey; and stage manager Izabella Orelle.

Bob Marley's Three Little Birds is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

The cast of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

City Theatre is grateful for the additional funding support for this production from the Peacock Foundation, Inc., Carnival Foundation, and Key Biscayne Community Foundation.

Launched in 1996, City Theatre is one of Miami’s oldest theater companies. They are nationally distinguished for being the only theater in the country producing 10-minute plays and musicals year-round and for all ages. City Theatre has won four Carbonell Awards, including the Bill Von Mauer Award in 2016. The company was recognized by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava in honor of “City Theatre 25th Anniversary Day” on June 9, 2021.

TJ Pursley as Ziggy and Toddra Brunson as Cedella in Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds


Given the intimate nature of performances in the Carnival Studio Theater, and by request of the performers, guests are recommended and encouraged to wear masks (over the nose and mouth) while seated in the theater for Bob Marley's Three Little Birds. Masks are welcome and encouraged in the lobby and other Arsht Center spaces. The Arsht Center continues to maintain enhanced cleaning and air-filtration procedures for the well-being of audiences, artists and staff. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticket holders and updated regularly at

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds


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