Originally presented for a brief engagement in 2007, the return of Blind Lemon Blues will officially open Sept. 15 and continue through Oct. 4. Akin Babatunde, who will star as the celebrated blind street musician, will also direct and choreograph the production.
In addition to Babatunde, the cast will feature Cavin Yarbrough, Alisa Peoples Yarbrough, Inga Ballard (Hairspray), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Avenue Q), Timothy Parham (2007 Blind Lemon Blues) and Skip Krevens (Always… Patsy Cline) on guitar.
The musical, which features over 60 Blind Lemon Jefferson songs, was created by Alan Govenar and Akin Babatunde, and features musical arrangements by Akin Babatunde, Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples Yarbrough.
The York staging will have scenic design by Russel Parkman, lighting design by Steve Woods and costume design by Tommy Bourgeois.
Blind Lemon Blues, according to press notes, "is set in New York City in 1948 at the last recording session of the legendary Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, and combines elements of traditional blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, and rap to evoke the enduring legacy of Blind Lemon and his contemporaries Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, Lillian Miller and Leadbelly himself." For tickets visit YorkTheatre, or phone (212) 935-5820. The York Theatre Company is located at the Theatre Saint Peter's, 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue.