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January 22 - March 15
written & directed by Thomas W. Jones II
Bessie’s Blues by Thomas W. Jones II. A musical odyssey of African American people in the 20th century. The explosive legacy of the blues told through the eyes and lens of Bessie Smith, the “Empress of the Blues.” The 20th anniversary of this production (originally staged at Studio Theatre and receiving 6 Helen Hayes Awards), is being reprised in honor of our long-standing collaboration with Tom Jones as a playwright, lyricist, director and choreographer.
NOTES FROM THE PRODUCER
REVIEW: "Bessie’s Blues, a triumph at MetroStage".
REVIEW: "Jump back: “Bessie’s Blues” returns, with Bernardine Mitchell"
Theater Review: ‘Bessie’s Blues’ at MetroStage
REVIEW: "Drive, ride, or run down to MetroStage for Bessie’s Blues!"
REVIEW: "BWW Reviews: BESSIE'S BLUES Bless Audiences"
REVIEW:"Bessie's Blues...is a cause for rejoicing"
INTERVIEW:"It’s been a long time coming. But the time is right...."
INTERVIEW: "From the creator of Bessie’s Blues: “Music is a quiet riot.”"
PRESS RELEASE: "The explosive legacy of the blues is told through the eyes of Bessie Smith..."
THEATER REVIEW: BESSIE’S BLUES
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