Photo Flash: Crossroads' IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES Opening Night
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues was originally produced by in 1998 and went directly from Crossroads to New York where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Opening with African chant and moving through some three dozen musicalnumbers, this rousing show traces the roots of the blues-America's cultural treasure.
Many members of the original cast will be reunited atCrossroads including Eloise Laws, Carter Calvert, Gregory Porter, DannyWheetman, and Mississippi Charles Bevel and joined by Chic Streetman and Sandra Reaves-Phillips to "Let the Good Times Roll!"
Notes on the Blues author Charles Bevel states, "The 'Blues' does not mean black music. It means having the courage or audacity to speak to what is inyour heart without consulting your head. That human attribute is colorless. But what is now termed the 'Blues' has to be placed in the context of the unique way in which this music form was derived. Its African roots cannot be denied, but most of its energy was and continues to be acquired from apeople being forced to continuously live on the outer edges of the majorityculture in America.
From slavery, through legal segregation, to the many present forms of isolation, blacks have developed unique ways of expressing the constant pain and frustration that comes with being perpetually guaranteed. And since music is the easiest way to express matters of the heart, the 'Blues' (the pain and the joy, whether directed inwardly or outwardly) is, and will continue to be, the most persistent form of expressing matters of the heart in black culture in America."
Performances: Evenings at 8:00 November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.
Matinees at 3:00 November 9, 15, and 16.
Sunday Nov. 16 at 7:30
Tickets: $45; Opening Night is $55 and includes reception; Student,
subscription and group tickets available.
To purchase tickets call the Box Office at 732-545-8100 or buy on line at
the Website: www.CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org
Location: Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Photos by Adam Tucker
Costume Designers Unite! The Colored Museum's Cathy Homa-Rochio and It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues' Anne Grosz
Cast member Sandra Reaves-Phillips and Sandra Lanman -former Crossroads publicist and current Rutgers University publicist
Actor Mississippi Charles Bevel, Group Sales Director Eloise Robinson and Director Randal Mylar
Actress Suzanne Douglas with Crossroads Executive Director Marshall Jones III and his wife and actress Chantal Jean-Pierre
Sandra Lanman - former Crossroads publicist and current Rutgers University publicist and cast member Gregory Porter
The cast and crew