Bawdier Side of Blues Will Be Revealed in New Musical, Low Down Dirty Blues, at IL Northlight | Playbill

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News Bawdier Side of Blues Will Be Revealed in New Musical, Low Down Dirty Blues, at IL Northlight Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, will present the world premiere of Low Down Dirty Blues by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, the creators of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and Fire on the Mountain, as the final show of the 2009-10 season.

The production — offering the raunchier, sexier sound of the blues — will feature two-time Jeff Award winner Mississippi Charles Bevel.

Performances will play May 27-July 3, 2010. Myler will direct. Music direction is by Wheetman.

According to Northlight, "From the very birth of the Blues, great musicians have captivated audiences with their Dirty Blues — music filled with passion, soul and a love of life, as well as innuendo, insinuation and sly wit. Featuring the very best of the style made (in)famous by the likes of Mae West, Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin' Wolf, Pearl Bailey and many others, Low Down Dirty Blues is a look at life and sex in all its fascinating and painful expressions…"

According to the creators' notes, "In the early 1920s women like Sippy Wallace, Ma Rainey, Victoria Spivy, Memphis Minnie and Alberta Hunter sang songs with a 'ragtime' feel and a lyric explicit and real as the world they lived in. Men like Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Bo Carter and the Chatmans sang heartbreaking songs of a life bound in invisible chains of prejudice and poverty while also singing joyous songs of sexual freedom and their freedom of movement."

As previously announced, "The remainder of the 2009-2010 season, previously announced, includes Roger Bean's pop musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes; Stephen Temperley's comedic musical tribute, Souvenir; Clifford Odets' Depression-era classic Awake and Sing directed by Amy Morton and featuring Rondi Reed and Mike Nussbaum; and Hugh Leonard's Irish drama, A Life directed by BJ Jones, starring John Mahoney." For more information call (847) 673-6300 or visit

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