New Musical, Clouds, to Reveal Lady Who Inspired Cab Calloway

News   New Musical, Clouds, to Reveal Lady Who Inspired Cab Calloway
Bristol Riverside Theatre's 21st season in Bristol, PA, will boast a world-premiere musical that celebrates entertainer actor-singer-bandleader Cab Calloway's centenary.

In early 2008 BRT will stage the world-premiere musical Clouds, written and performed by Cab's daughter Chris Calloway. It will play Jan. 22-Feb. 10, 2008.

Chris Calloway played Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at BRT in Bucks County (and was nominated for a Philadelphia Barrymore Award). In the new one-woman musical biography, Clouds, which Calloway will write and perform, "she introduces us to her multi-talented aunt Blanche, the woman who encouraged her brother Cab to pursue his musical dreams," according to BRT. "Cab once described older sister Blanche as 'vivacious, lovely, personality-plus, and a hell of a singer and dancer, as well.' Her success as an accomplished jazz composer, arranger and performer vaulted her into a leading role as the first black female Big Band leader of an all-male orchestra, despite the countless obstacles to African-Americans and women at the time. Chris Calloway paints a deeply personal portrait in her celebration of this inspirational spirit, a true American pioneer."

The 2007-08 Bristol story also includes Jones and Schmidt's marriage-minded musical, I Do! I Do! (featuring real-life husband and wife Barbara McCulloh and Brad Little, who met on the BRT stage in 1987), Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Michael Frayn's Tony Award- winning play Copenhagen, the Jerry Herman musical Dear World (with revisions by David Thompson), plus the Fifth Annual Winter Musicale.

Susan D. Atkinson is BRT's founding producing director. Artistic director is Edward Keith Baker.

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