Myler-Directed It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Begins TheatreWorks Run March 11

News   Myler-Directed It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Begins TheatreWorks Run March 11 The TheatreWorks production of the Tony-nominated revue It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues begins performances in Palo Alto, CA, March 11.
Mississippi Charles Bevel
Mississippi Charles Bevel Photo by Sherry Rubel

Randal Myler, who co-authored the Tony-nominated book and staged the original regional and Broadway productions of the revue, directs the TheatreWorks production, which officially opens March 14 and runs through April 5. The TheatreWorks run also boasts 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."

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 where 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.

James Monroe Iglehart and Alison Ewing with Tony Marcus (background)
James Monroe Iglehart and Alison Ewing with Tony Marcus (background) Photo by David Allen