Ebony Repertory Theater Announces Full Cast and Creative Team for BLUES IN THE NIGHT, the Tony and Olivier Award Nominated Musical designed by Sheldon epps. Presented by Ebony Rep, in association with International City Theater, Founder and Artistic Director of ERT Brown Wren (ERT’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill) leads this powerful and moving blues celebration.
With a choreography by Keith young (ERT’s Five Guys Named Moe and The Gospel at Colonus) and musical direction by Guillaume Foster McDaniel (Bubbling Brown Sugar, Timbuktu! And AinÊ¼t MisbehavinÊ¼, Limited Engagement will perform at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles. Performances will run from November 12, 2021 to December 5, 2021, with the opening on Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at EbonyRep.org.
This four-star, two-time Tony Award-winning light cast Viviane Roseau (Broadway’s Bubbling Brown Sugar, The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club) as The Lady from the Road, also starring Clinton Derricks-Carroll(Broadway’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Dreamgirls, West End’s Five Guys Named Moe) as The Man in the Saloon, winner of the Ovation Award Karole foreman (ERT’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, A Little Night Music), and Jenna gillespie Byrd (recorded in Hollywood at Kirk douglas Theater) like The Girl with a Date.
Set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel that has seen better days, the interwoven stories of BLUES IN THE NIGHT evoke the misery and humor of life, love and a relentless determination to do more than just survive. The drama is revealed through the glorious songs of Bessie smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny mercer, Albertan hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy cox, Ida Cox and more.
âI am so excited to bring Blues in the Night to our theater, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Our engaged audience and surrounding community have been very supportive during the closing, and we look forward to placing the gem that is the blues in the night, designed by my beloved friend and colleague Sheldon epps, in a setting which allows it to shine most vividly, âdeclared the director and artistic director of the ERT production, Brown Wren. âWhen I first saw the show 30 years ago at the Los Angeles Theater Center, it completely knocked me out and stayed with me from that day until today. Plus, I feel very lucky to have brought together this extraordinary group of actors, designers, and musicians to come together in a work that examines and celebrates the joy and pain of the human condition. Through stories that are both dramatic and humorous, to through dance, and with some of the most extraordinary music of the 20th century, Blues in the Night will send you home with funny tickled bones, touched hearts and unbridled joy during a very blue time. “
âI’m delighted that Ebony Repertory Theater is singing the blues later this year,â said the creator of Blues in the Night, Sheldon epps. âI have complete faith and trust in my dear friend and colleague Wren who has put together an outstanding creative cast and crew. This show is dear to my heart and I’m happy to find it back in my hometown. know that these wonderful performers will deliver this classic material with heart, passion, good humor and theatrical pizzazz that will make the house vibrate with every performance. “
Brown and Epps have collaborated on productions including the award-winning musical Crowns starring the late Paula kelly and Clinton Derricks-Carroll at ERT’s Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and Pasadena’s gambling house in 2009.
In addition to Brown, Young and McDaniel, the creative team at BLUES IN THE NIGHT includes the set designer Edward E. Haynes, costume designer Kim DeShazo, lighting designer Donna Ruzika, sound designer John Feinstein, accessory master Patty Briles, hair and wig designer Anthony Gagliardi, the cast is Michel donovan, CSA and Richard Ferris, CSA, and production manager Michele Miner.
BLUES IN THE NIGHT, designed by Sheldon epps, had its Off-Broadway world premiere in 1980 at Playhouse 46, and was originally directed by Epps and Gregory Hines. In 1982 the production premiered on Broadway at the Rialto Theater and was directed by Epps and starred Leslie Uggams. The production received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical. In 1987, BLUES IN THE NIGHT opened in Donmar’s West End, where it received two Olivier Award nominations for Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical.
BLUES IN THE NIGHT is being played November 12 through December 5, 2021, with the official press opening on Saturday, November 13 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. A preview is scheduled for Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. All preview tickets are $ 25. The regular performance schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.