PHOTO CALL: Blind Lemon Blues Musical Readies for NY Return

News   PHOTO CALL: Blind Lemon Blues Musical Readies for NY Return
The cast of Off-Broadway's Blind Lemon Blues offered a sneak peek of the musical to press Aug. 28. Originally presented for a brief engagement in 2007, the return of Blind Lemon Blues will begin performances in September.

Akin Babatunde, who stars as the celebrated musician, will also direct and choreograph The York Theatre Company run, which is scheduled to play Sept. 8-Oct. at The Theatre at St. Peter's Church. Alan Govenar co-created the work with Babatunde. Also featured in the cast are Cavin Yarbrough, Alisa Peoples Yarbrough, Inga Ballard, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Timothy Parham and Skip Krevens on guitar.

"Set in New York City in 1948 at the last recording session of the legendary Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly," Blind Lemon Blues, according to press notes, "combines elements of traditional blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, and rap to evoke the enduring legacy of Blind Lemon and his contemporaries Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, Lillian Miller and Leadbelly himself."

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