Photo Flash: First Look at THE DEVIL'S MUSIC
Penguin Rep Theatre, in Association with Edmund Gaynes, will present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, written by Angelo Parra, conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. Miche Braden stars as Bessie Smith, along with Aaron Graves, Jim Hankins, Keith Loftis, and Anthony E. Nelson, Jr.
Performances began June 7th Off-Broadway at the St. Luke's Theater (308 West 46th Street). Opening Night is set for June 22nd. The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith will have set design by Michael Scheiwkardt, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Patricia E. Doherty and sound design by Jack Kennedy.
Sexy and racy, blues singer Bessie Smith was the definition of a Red Hot Mamma and the most successful entertainer of her time. On the eve of her tragic death in 1937, Bessie takes center stage in The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. Now, among friends, she tells the story of her amazing life, career, her loves and losses. Put your troubles aside, and soak up the blues as Bessie Smith comes to life and sings the songs that made her so unforgettable, including "St. Louis Blues," "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl," and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out."