The soul of the blues wails out full and strong when Long Beach’s International City Theatre, in association with L.A.’s Ebony Repertory Theatre, presents the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical, Blues in the Night. Set in 1948 in a rundown Chicago hotel, three women and a man share their stories about the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through 26 hot, torchy, glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren T. Brown, producing artistic director of L.A.’s Ebony Repertory Theatre and director of ICT’s 2019 hit production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Oct. 21 – Nov. 7, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
Seating will be socially distanced (skipping rows as well as seats) and masks required as recommended by the County of Los Angeles on the date of each performance. I
nternational City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802;
(562) **436-4610; InternationalCityTheatre.org.