Sonny's Blues

Opened Feb 8, 2008
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The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Sonny's Blue, a world premiere adapted from the work of James Baldwin with an original musical score composed by Marcus Shelby. Margo Hall directs. Two brothers in 1950's Harlem -- the elder a schoolteacher and family man; the younger, Sonny, a jazz pianist with a troubled past -- navigate a tense and complicated relationship against the jazzy rhythmic background of city life. Music is present in every moment of Sonny's Blues -- the neighborhood bars, the deserted schoolyards, the gospel singers in the streets of Harlem. Ultimately, Baldwin's depiction of the terrible, joyful struggle to find the soul of life is a stunning portrayal of a man.

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