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York Theatre Company to Present New Musical Lonesome Blues

The production is created by Alan Govenar and Akiń Babatundé.

Akiń Babatundé stars in Lonesome Blues.
(photo provided by Richard Hillman Public Relations)

The York Theatre Company, in association with Documentary Arts, will present the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the life of blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson. It will run June 12-July 1 under the direction of Katherine Owens.

Created by Alan Govenar and Akiń Babatundé, the musical will build on their show Blind Leon Blues, which the York presented in 2007 and 2009. It will star Babatundé in 10 different roles, including Jefferson, the blind bluesman who became one of the most prolific and influential performers of his generation.

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