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THE MAN IN THE CHAIR Part 2

Directed & Hosted by JON DOUGLAS RAKE

August 8 – 9, 2020



Live Stream
Saturday, August 8, 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 PM


Video will be delivered 15-minutes prior to showtime. Link will be up for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t see the show this weekend or at the time specified please contact our box office (boxoffice@tmp.org) and we can email you the link to see the show at another time.




Our first production of The Man In The Chair Part One, was so good, that Tacoma Musical Playhouse will bring you more of your favorite musical theater songs sung by your favorite actors from your favorite past TMP productions in The Man In The Chair Part Two!


It’s live theater in the comfort of your own home. So, buy your tickets now, and please help support TMP. You will be investing in the future of the arts, and community, provide arts education for our youth and adults and share the joy for the future of our community theater. We need your generosity now more than ever in these times of such uncertainty.


This is the best of TMP. You won’t want to miss it!




TICKETS



LADIES SING THE BLUES

Directed by JON DOUGLAS RAKE



August 29 – 30, 2020

Live Stream
Saturday, August 29, 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 30, 2:00 PM



Video will be delivered 15-minutes prior to showtime.


TICKETS


Ladies sing the Blues is an exploration of the women who made up the essence of the blues: Ethel Waters, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, among others. These women demonstrate the ageless relevance of this important genre in American music, tackling love’s follies and stompin’ the blues away. Join us as our actors/vocalists channel the liberated spirits and pioneering vocalizations of these amazing Blues singers.


Our Cast Includes:
Deshanna Brown
Stacie Calkins
Sheila Kay
LaNita Walters



About the Blues: The blues is a uniquely American musical form, born in the Southern middle states sometime between the years 1880 and 1900. It evolved from the work songs, shouts, and field hollers sung by slaves in plantation fields and prison camps. Songs sung to accompany various daily jobs and duties were a functional part of everyday life in Africa and a celebration of doing work to improve the quality of one’s life. In the New World however, the very nature of the work song began to change, as the singer was no longer doing work for himself but for someone else – and the work no longer improved his quality of life. Over time, the songs sung in the fields therefor became personal expressions of pain and oppression. Work songs and field hollers, became a catharsis for feelings of lost love, frustration, poverty, jealousy and hard times. It is from this context that the blues evolved. (Source: The Roots of Rock and Roll)

The First Blues Singers: One of the first to archive the blues was W. C. Handy, a bandleader and former schoolteacher from Alabama who in 1903 heard a man playing and singing at the train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi. In his autobiography Handy wrote: “As he played, he pressed a knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularized by Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars.” “Realizing the commercial potential of this new music, Handy became the first to publish blues songs, including “Memphis Blues” in 1912 and “St. Louis Blues” in 1914. Both were huge hits through the sale of sheet music, and earned Handy the title “Father of the Blues.”



The First Blues Recordings: “The blues regained its popularity in the 1920’s with the first commercially sold blues recordings by what became known as the classic blues singers.” The first blues song recorded was “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith sold one million copies within a year of its 1920 release.”



Other Blues Artists: Bessie Smith (the “Empress of the Blues”) and legendary stage and screen icon Ethel Waters were outstanding blues singers. It wasn’t until 1925 that the first country blues singers began to record. In that year native Texan, Blind Lemon Jefferson, recorded “Black Snake Moan” in Chicago. Another Texan, Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, surfaced in the 1940’s in New York City scene with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The Delta bluesman, such as Charley Patton, Willie Brown, Son House, and the amazing Robert Johnson. Johnson’s songs were some of the most influential in American history, including “Love in Vain,” “Cross Road Blues,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” and “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom.”