2 Acts, Revue, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1982)
This dynamite, dramatic revue thrills us with the universal language of the blues.
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues In The Night a scorching, TONY-nominated musical! The twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail.
With little spoken text, the interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs which cover the range of this indigenous American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more, telling of the pain and misery of life and love and also of the dogged determination to get through it all that is the essence of the blues.
Alternately wistful, tender and raunchy, Blues In The Night is a modest production with a larger-than-life score and vocal arrangements designed to bring down the house.
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Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.