Bay Street Season Includes Lillias White in World-Premiere Blues Musical Big Maybelle

News   Bay Street Season Includes Lillias White in World-Premiere Blues Musical Big Maybelle Tony Award winner Lillias White will star in the world premiere of Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues at the Bay Street Theatre this summer. The season will also include Geraldine Aaron's My Brilliant Divorce and Joe Pintauro's Men's Lives.

Lillias White
Lillias White

The mainstage season will open with the American premiere of My Brilliant Divorce, running May 29-June 24. Matt McGrath will direct.

According to Bay Street, "The one-woman show tells the story of American ex-pat Angela whose irritatingly round-headed British husband takes off. She's left to cope with a disapproving mother, a shifty attorney and a bad case of hypochondria."

A 20th anniversary revival of Pintauro's Men's Lives, based on the Peter Matthiessen book, will be staged by Harris Yulin July 3-29. The play was the inaugural production at Bay Street Theatre in 1992.

"We thought this year was a great time to revive this wonderful play," Bay Street artistic director Murphy Davis said in a statement. "Not only does it have a timeless message about change and the human condition, it is as pertinent today as it was 20 years ago and still means as much to people who live and visit here."

Pintauro added, "War was declared on the beaches of the East End when local Bay Men were forced to launch a courageous fight against the crushing effect of history and economics on their lives in the Hamptons." Tony winner White (The Life, Fela!) will take on late blues singer Maybelle Smith in the world-premiere musical Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues, written and directed by Paul Levine. It will debut Aug. 7-Sept. 2. "A big woman with even bigger talent, she took on all the challenges 1950's America had to give," according to Bay Street.

Read more about Lillias White in the Playbill Vault.

Bay Street Theatre is in Sag Harbor, NY. Tickets can be purchased by calling (631) 725-9500 or by visiting BayStreet.

 

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