Merrimack Repertory Theatre Announces Ladies Night at the Theatre

Merrimack Repertory Theatre Announces Ladies Night at the Theatre

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) is introducing the first in a series of "Ladies Nights" at the theatre. The event, which takes place on Thursday, January 23 includes seats for the 7:30 pm performance of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by Angelo Parra and directed by Joe Brancato. Tickets also include a pre-show dessert reception beginning at 6:00 pm and a post-show discussion. The desserts will be provided by Dessert Yurt, a new Lowell-based specialty chocolate and dessert creator. Tickets for the event range from $48-23 and are all inclusive. They can be purchased online at www.mrt.org or by calling 978-654-4678.

The play tells the tumultuous story of Bessie Smith, the legendary "Empress of the Blues," whose life was as large and as outrageous as her talent. It takes place in 1937 in a Memphis "buffet flat," where the partying, laughter, and bawdiness all come together to deliver an entertaining, unforgettable, and surprisingly touching evening. The Devil's Music explodes with the best of the songs that Bessie Smith made famous, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," "Baby Doll," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," all performed by the electrifying Miche Braden, who has immortalized the role of Bessie Smith.

MRT (Merrimack Repertory Theatre) is one of Massachusetts' most highly-regarded theatre companies and one of only three theatres in the state to be a member of LORT (the League of Resident Theatres) which represents the 74 leading non-profit theatres in America. Under the artistic direction of Charles Towers since 2001, it has become known for producing an eclectic mix of new plays and regional premieres, with an emphasis on writers giving voice to the American experience. Since its founding in 1979, MRT has served as a vital cultural, educational and economic resource for Greater Lowell and its surrounding region.

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith is sponsored by UMass Lowell, with additional support from The Eagle Tribune. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the 2013-2014 Season is sponsored by Sage Bank.

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