Photo Coverage: LONESOME BLUES Celebrates Opening Night at The York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company in association with Documentary Arts, presents the world premiere of the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, created by Alan Govenar (Texas in Paris) and Akin Babatundé (Blind Lemon Blues), directed by Katherine Owens (How Is It That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice), performed by Akin Babatundé with David Weiss on guitar. Performances began June 12, 2018 for a three-week limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2018 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

The show officially opened last night and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out photos from the big night below!

The world premiere musical Lonesome Blues is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. Discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, Texas in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop. Building on the success of their earlier musical Blind Lemon Blues, presented by the York in 2007 and 2009, Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé have used new research to probe deeper into the life and psyche of Blind Lemon Jefferson. In Lonesome Blues, Babatundé plays more than ten different roles, channeling the spirits of men and women alike, in a journey that is at once evocative, troubling, and transformative. Songs and monologues bring to life the voice of Blind Lemon Jefferson, his community, and his musical contemporaries, including Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian

Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, and Lead Belly-all coming together in Jefferson's mind on the day of his death, December 19, 1929, in Chicago.

"I listened to Blind Lemon Jefferson every day for five years. He was the voice of Black America at that moment." -Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson.

The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Steve Woods (lights), and Jason Spinos(sound and projections).

Lonesome Blues plays the following performance schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.)

Tickets for Lonesome Blues are priced at $67.50 - $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00-with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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Photo Coverage: LONESOME BLUES Celebrates Opening Night at The York Theatre Company
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James Morgan (Producing Artistic Director)

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Akin Babatunde

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Phillip Boykin and Bill Castellino

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Phillip Boykin and Bill Castellino

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Bill Castellino

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Phillip Boykin

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Vivian Reed

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Vivian Reed

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Phillip Boykin and Vivian Reed

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Shanna Allison and Chris Steckel

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Katherine Owens (Director)

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Bruce DuBose and Katherine Owens

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Alan Govenar (Writer)

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Kaleta Doolin and Alan Govenar

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Akin Babatunde

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Akin Babatunde and Elaine Graham

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David Weiss and Akin Babatunde

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David Weiss, Akin Babatunde, Alan Govenar and Katherine Owens

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Akin Babatunde and Alan Govenar

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Akin Babatunde and Terria Joseph

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The York Theatre Board of Directors with Akin Babatunde that includes Alan Govenar, W. David McCoy, Victoria Cundiff, Joan Ross Sorkin,Gerald F. Fisher and James Morgan

Photo Coverage: LONESOME BLUES Celebrates Opening Night at The York Theatre Company
Alan Govenar, Akin Babatunde and James Morgan

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Suzette Bloiunt and Akin Babatunde

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Akin Babatunde with family and friends Kevin Chisholm, Tima Baker and Bruce Spencer

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Phillip Boykin and Akin Babatunde

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