Blues in the Night

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The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers - by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more - tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in our intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will you leave you energized, inspired and ready to wail.

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Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal (who did an equally amazing job with Ebony Rep's Five Guys Named Moe) has guided his cast perfectly, and assembled a knockout sextet: Fernando Pullum's whinnying and blasting on the trumpet; Randall Willis & Louis Van Taylor's sexy licks on sax and other reeds; Lanny Hartley's perfect pumping and pounding on the piano; Kevin O'Neal's bamming bass; and Lance Lee's dexterous drums.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

With perfect voices to enhance the songs presented in the productiom, one can't help but feel the emotion of each one....

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Steven Stanley

Blues In The Night guarantees audiences two hours of musical magic at The Wallis. To borrow a lyric from Broadway's Cry-Baby, misery, agony, helplessness, hopelessness, heartache and woe have never sounded so good.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal

Gregory Hines originally assisted with the choreography and for the Los Angeles production it is Jeffrey Polk who adds his unique flair to Epps' sleek staging. It isn't a dancy show but the two have found a simple yet extremely effective way of physically communicating humor and innuendo. And because Epps also starts the show quietly, it leaves the piece room to grow, both in volume and emotional intensity. With no dialogue or plot to speak of, the show rests on the singers' ability to sell a song. Lord know the blues ain't easy. You need life experience and a voice that can deliver a universe of pain, passion, and pride in a single note. If you don't feel it, you can't sing it, and these three leading ladies have got the goods.

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


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Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal (who did an equally amazing job with Ebony Rep's Five Guys Named Moe) has guided his cast perfectly, and assembled a knockout sextet: Fernando Pullum's whinnying and blasting on the trumpet; Randall Willis & Louis Van Taylor's sexy licks on sax and other reeds; Lanny Hartley's perfect pumping and pounding on the piano; Kevin O'Neal's bamming bass; and Lance Lee's dexterous drums.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

With perfect voices to enhance the songs presented in the productiom, one can't help but feel the emotion of each one....

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Blues In The Night guarantees audiences two hours of musical magic at The Wallis. To borrow a lyric from Broadway's Cry-Baby, misery, agony, helplessness, hopelessness, heartache and woe have never sounded so good.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal

Gregory Hines originally assisted with the choreography and for the Los Angeles production it is Jeffrey Polk who adds his unique flair to Epps' sleek staging. It isn't a dancy show but the two have found a simple yet extremely effective way of physically communicating humor and innuendo. And because Epps also starts the show quietly, it leaves the piece room to grow, both in volume and emotional intensity. With no dialogue or plot to speak of, the show rests on the singers' ability to sell a song. Lord know the blues ain't easy. You need life experience and a voice that can deliver a universe of pain, passion, and pride in a single note. If you don't feel it, you can't sing it, and these three leading ladies have got the goods.

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review