Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, By Bed-Stuy’s John Steptoe
John Lewis Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, An African Tale is coming soon to Brooklyn. Based on the Caldecott Award-winning children’s book of the same name, this new family musical sets the Cinderella story amidst the splendor of Zimbabwe, incorporating authentic African drumming, original songs, and powerful and majestic choreography.
The production is to be performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour, at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.
Steptoe, creator of award-winning picture books for children, was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. While still a student, he began work on his first children’s book, Stevie.
Two years later, at the age of 18, he came to national attention when Stevie appeared in its entirety in Life magazine. He would go on to illustrate 15 more picture books, 10 of which he also wrote.