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Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical Begins World-Premiere Run Tonight

Laiona Michelle writes and stars in the bio-musical at George Street Playhouse.

Mark Fifer, Laiona Michelle, Saadi Zain, and Kenneth Salters in Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical.
(© T. Charles Erickson)

The world premiere of Laiona Michelle's Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical begins performances tonight at George Street Playhouse, running through February 24, with opening night set for February 1.

Michelle stars as Nina Simone, the legendary High Priestess of Soul, in the production directed and choreographed by Devanand Janki. The creative team includes Shoko Kambara (set design), Ari Fulton (costume design), Xavier Pierce (lighting design), Karin Graybash (sound design), Mark Fifer (musical direction and arrangements), and Ernie Fimbres (stage management).

"Taking place between 1968 and 1976," according to a press release, "with flashbacks to Simone's formative years as a child and young adult, Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical explores Simone's experiences and involvement throughout the American Civil Rights Movement while also examining the personal trials, tribulations, and relationships that further inspired her repertoire of hit songs."

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