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'A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing' livens up Lyceum Maria Patrice Amon | Fri, Nov 16 2012 02:20 PM

Local and national history comes to life in “A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing.” The show, which is playing through Dec. 2 at the Lyceum in Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego,  brings together a collection of 25 folk songs to demonstrate the power of music.

The music is powerful, and demonstrates a history of protest and successful social change through lyrics and melodies. Although the plot of the show is thin, the music is full.

The addition of Lisa Payton to the cast brings a formerly absent fullness both musically and narratively. Payton’s beautiful voice carries the hope and strength of her gender in a stirring rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Superwoman.”

Payton shares an image of her daughter, who is serving in the military, and a reads a letter written to her grandchildren in a moment that is both heartbreakingly authentic and all-too-common in San Diego homes.

“A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing” is a rousing musical with valuable lessons for today’s youth and remembrances for the baby boomer generation.

Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m. General admission tickets are on sale with student discount tickets available at the theater box office. Call 544-100 or visit the website at www.sdrep.org.

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