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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues

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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (Stage, 1999)

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Stage
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In Season

We gave it an A-

Now best known as the musical that didn’t get to strut its stuff at this year’s Tony Awards, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues is a rollicking revue, thanks to wide-ranging song selections (from spirituals to country to ”Fever”) and a dynamite cast. The inspired singing — particularly Gretha Boston’s plaintive ”St. Louis Woman” and Eloise Laws’ dramatic ”I Put a Spell on You” — more than makes up for the weak book and often static staging. Even though the performers don’t leave their chairs often enough, the audience usually does during the curtain call. B+

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