Broadway's It Ain't Nothing but the Blues will celebrate its 100th performance on Saturday, July 17.
The road hasn't been easy for the show. First, the revue had its production number cut from the Tony Award broadcast on June 6. Then co-creator and Tony-nominated star Ron Taylor had a stroke on June 11, and is currently being replaced by Ken Page. But thanks to several good reviews and a post Tony boost in attendance, the show has survived the post-awards crunch and even announced a move from Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theatre (at Lincoln Center) to The Ambassador, with an Ambassador opening slated for Sept. 9 (one day later than previously announced). The last show at Lincoln Center will be Aug. 29.
Grosses for the show, which had climbed to the $250,000 mark in June, have fallen to the $200,000 range in recent weeks, with attendance now hovering between 55 and 60 percent.
A production spokesperson confirmed the move to Playbill On-Line (July 2), adding that Taylor is expected back in the show for the fall move, with a return date scheduled for July 27. Ken Page began his stint filling in for Taylor on July 1.
Page, who appeared in Broadway's Cats, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Wiz, will sing Blues to July 25. Taylor's songs in the show include "Blues Man," "Let The Good Times Roll," "The Thrill Is Gone" and the physically-taxing show-stopper, "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man."
Page's fellow cast members are "Mississippi" Charles Bevel, Gretha Boston, Carter Clavert, Eloise Laws, Gregory Porter and Dan Wheetman.
For tickets to Blues, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Sean McGrath