This past week Robin and I were able to attend one of the preview shows for Blues in the Night now showing at the Post Street Theater.  My cuz works for the theater but that has no bearing on my thoughts about the show.

If I had stars to give it would get 4.5 out of five!

FROM THE POST STREET THEATER
Presented by Eugene P. Stichman, Steven M. Hayes and Arline Cone, BLUES IN THE
NIGHT focuses on the relationships between three delicious females and one lonely guy,
their interweaving stories told through the music of Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith, Duke
Ellington and other blues and jazz legends of the 1920s and 30s. The Broadway production
opened on June 2, 1982 at the Rialto Theatre and was nominated for the Tony Award for
Best Musical. The show then moved to London where it ran for nearly a year and was
nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Musical of the Year. Woods also received an
Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a
Musical.

We probably should have read this before taking our eldest daughter and a friend, but I think most of the innuendo went right over their heads.  Still it was quite an evening.

A few random thoughts . . .

  • I love going to shows that have diverse audiences.  There was definitely a different audience from the last show we went to the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – the Adult Version and Blues in the Night.  One crowd was not better then the other, just different.
  • I tell you, if you want to be in this show, you better be able to bring it because it is all about the voices.  The three female leads were pretty solid, with my personal favorite being "The Girl with a Date", Paulette Ivory.  While "The Lady from the Road," Carol Woods was clearly given the show-stopper number with Wasted Life Bluesand she sang the heck out of that song – I felt like Ivory was holding back and could have let loose if given the chance.  "The Woman of the World" played by the sophisticated Freda Payne was also very good.  For a preview show, you could tell that all three women were top-notch.  A few timing things with the band, but they all could REALLY sing!
  • And then there was "The Man in the Saloon" played by Maurice Hines.  While he was an adequate singer and played the part well, through the first half, I just felt like he was just there to provide some male presence off of which the blues could be reflected.  Then he busted out the tap with Baby Doll and really did make it all worth it.
  • Overall, the show was very good and we enjoyed it immensely.  If you get a chance try to check it out.
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