Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

SYNOPSIS: Legendary blues musician "Ma" Rainey, an ambitious trumpeter who hopes she will perform his arrangement of her signature tune, and the rest of her band and hangers-on make their music and deal with the harsh reality of their business and lives in 1927 Chicago.
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Drama Desk Award
1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Winner
1985 Outstanding New Play Nominee
New York Drama Critics' Circle
1985 Best Play Winner
Theatre World
1985 Theatre World Award Winner
Tony Award
1985 Featured Actor in a Play Nominee
1985 Featured Actress in a Play Nominee
1985 Play Nominee