Co-author and original director Randal Myler directs the TheatreWorks engagement, which features choreography by original Broadway choreographer Donald McKayle. It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues began performances March 11 and runs through April 5.
The TheatreWorks run stars original regional and Broadway performer "Mississippi" Charles Bevel as well as Alison Ewing, James Monroe Iglehart, Michelle E. Jordan, Tony Marcus, Chic Street Man and C. Kelly Wright.
"From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass, to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," according to press notes, "is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summons the soul of American music."
Over 50 songs are included in the revue, including "I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man," "Goodnight, Irene," "Fever," "Walkin' After Midnight," "The Thrill is Gone" and "Let the Good Times Roll."
Dan Wheetman serves as musical director; the design team comprises Joe Ragey (scenic design), Julie Engelbrecht (costume design), Don Darnutzer (lighting design) and Cliff Caruthers (sound design). Penned by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and Dan Wheetman, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues began its life in numerous regional theatres prior to making its Broadway debut in 1999; it ran for 289 performances.
For tickets phone (650) 903-6000 or visit theatreworks.org. The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, CA.