Blues in the Night at the Hackney Empire in April
Blues in the Night, conceived by Sheldon Epps, at the Hackney Empire, in east London, from 24 April to 4 May 2014.
Directed by Susie McKenna, design by Lotte Collett, lighting by David W Kidd, choreography by Frank Thompson, sound by Avgoustos Psillas. Cast includes Sharon D Clarke, Paulette Ivory, Clive Rowe.
Blues in the Night is set in Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the music that gets them through the night…
The show has 5 piece live Jazz band and features blues and jazz songs of the 1920’s and 30’s such as ‘When a Woman Loves a Man’, ‘Wasted Life Blues’, ‘Taking a Chance on Love’, ‘Lover Man’ ‘Kitchen Man’ and the title song. The songs are used to explore the lives of three women and a saloon singer in a 'cheap hotel'.
Blues in the Night originally ran in New York in the early 1980s and enjoyed two London runs later in the same decade - first at the Donmar Warehouse in 1987, and then at the Piccadilly Theatre where it ran until July 1988.