Blues in the Night is a musical which first appeared in London in the early 1990s starting at the Donmar Warehouse and moving to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End. Since then it has been a popular show at regional venues around the country, and most recently at The Hackney Empire.
The content of blues songs is oftenloss and betrayal, but while blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself often goes way beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming misfortune, expressing your darkest feelings, purging yourself and also letting your hair down, and having tremendous fun. The blues come from the heart, the gut and the soul and are funny, affirming and moving. The show features songs written by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn as well as Bessie Smith and Ida Cox, and made famous by the likes of Alberta Hall, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald.
The Wac Arts production of Blues in the Night at The Chelsea Theatre takes place in an unspecified hotel in an unspecified American city at an unspecified time. Blues are universal – and through designer Charlie Gardner’s stylish costumes and set, (lit by Ali Armstrong), the up to the minute choreography of Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, David Merriman’s three piece jazz band and Ed Goggin’s direction, we catch glimpses of the interweaving lives of the transient community of the hotel and witness their deepest fears, regrets, desires and hopes – all through song.
Email Martha.Stylianou@WacArts.co.uk to reserve your seat! Tickets will be £10 on the door (£8 concessions).
Friday 23rd May at 7.30pm
Saturday 24th May at 7.30pm or
Sunday 25th May matinee show at 2.30pm
Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Road, London SW10 0DR