WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES

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Reviews: 6

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4 Dancers, 7 Actors, 11 Singers, and a 6-piece World Class Jazz Band tell the story of Musical genius Billy Strayhorn, the great Lena Horne, and the greatest music ever written.

It was the era of jazz, big bands, and the greatest music ever written. In this searing new musical, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES centers on the lives of musical genius, Billy Strayhorn, and his uneasy relationships with Lena Horne and Duke Ellington, as well as Billy's lover, Aaron Bridgers. Set against a time of racism, homophobia, and World War II, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES follows us around Manhattan and the nightclubs of Harlem. We follow their lives through a musical songbook that sustained us during the worst of the Great Depression and the Second World War, a war in which blacks and whites served separately just as they weren't allowed to share the same bandstand. A six piece orchestra, four member dance ensemble, and 11 outstanding actors bring the play to life.

Reviews

Carole Eglash-Kosoff's new and very lush musical biography of (Billy) Strayhorn...all the big hit songs sound new and fresh...The strong cast really sells the numbers...The standout and true star power of this production is Michole Briana White in the role of Lena Horne.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


History relegated Billy Strayhorn to the shadows behind superstars Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. When Jazz Had The Blues aims to rectify that by giving him his moment in the spotlight he so richly deserves. If you're anything like me, you'll rejoice that it does.

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


John Henry Davis' direction carries us smoothly through the great jazz years, showing how dynamic performances often mask haunted inner lives. Choreographer Cassie Crump and musical director Rahn Coleman almost bring down the house with the musical numbers.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - ...read full review


Congratulations to playwright Carole Eglash-Kosoff, documentary producer and prolific author, for penning the fabulous musical, “When Jazz Had The Blues.” Don't miss this show—it's a real winner

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - ...read full review


John Henry Davis most deftly directs his wonderful cast at a smooth and steady pace through the emotional highs and lows of a racially charged era (that unfortunately, doesn't seem so long ago). Michael Mullen vividly costumes his cast in the appropriate 1930s, '40s and '50s flashy garb.

sweet - Gil Kaan - ...read full review


Director John Henry Davis has assembled a top-notch cast.

sweet - Neil Weaver - ...read full review


Carole Eglash-Kosoff's new and very lush musical biography of (Billy) Strayhorn...all the big hit songs sound new and fresh...The strong cast really sells the numbers...The standout and true star power of this production is Michole Briana White in the role of Lena Horne.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


History relegated Billy Strayhorn to the shadows behind superstars Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. When Jazz Had The Blues aims to rectify that by giving him his moment in the spotlight he so richly deserves. If you're anything like me, you'll rejoice that it does.

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


John Henry Davis' direction carries us smoothly through the great jazz years, showing how dynamic performances often mask haunted inner lives. Choreographer Cassie Crump and musical director Rahn Coleman almost bring down the house with the musical numbers.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - ...read full review


Congratulations to playwright Carole Eglash-Kosoff, documentary producer and prolific author, for penning the fabulous musical, “When Jazz Had The Blues.” Don't miss this show—it's a real winner

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - ...read full review


John Henry Davis most deftly directs his wonderful cast at a smooth and steady pace through the emotional highs and lows of a racially charged era (that unfortunately, doesn't seem so long ago). Michael Mullen vividly costumes his cast in the appropriate 1930s, '40s and '50s flashy garb.

sweet - Gil Kaan - ...read full review


Director John Henry Davis has assembled a top-notch cast.

sweet - Neil Weaver - ...read full review