Listening to some of the best jazz and blues music from the 1920’s and 30’s, Blues in the Night features four exquisite singers and six soulful musicians transporting the audience on a historical journey while performing 27 songs by the great Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Benny Goodman and Johnny Mercer.
I was happy to see Sheldon Epps name in the program for Blues in the Night. He was the artistic director for the Pasadena Playhouse for 20 years and put on some excellent theatrical productions. Back in 1980, Epps conceived and directed this musical in New York with a brief run on Broadway in 1982. This show even scored a Tony nomination for Best Musical.
Here’s my review of a sensational Jazz and Blues show at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills – http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/5/7/review-singing-about-the-blues-in-the-night-at-the-wallis-annenberg-center-for-the-performing-arts?rq=Blues%20in%20the%20Night