Review: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents Blues in the Night at Ruth Page Center for the Arts (Through March 20, 2022)

It’s 1938 and three women live in a hotel on the South Side of Chicago. They don’t have any dialog, but they tell their stories through the songs of Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, and more. The singer in the hotel also has a few songs. Lastly, a dancer interacts with all the women as the subject of many of their songs.

Felicia P. Fields is so powerful and charming in her performance. Just like in Sophisticated Ladies, Donica Lynn’s singing is impressive. As Fields says during the show, Clare Kennedy proves the following saying is wrong, “White women can’t have the blues”. Evan Tyrone Martin (Dreamgirls) is superb and funny as the saloon singer. Lastly, Terrell Armstrong (A Chorus Line) is outstanding as the dancer conveying more with his movement at times than the lyrics to the song.

Blues in the Night is more of a concert performance than a musical. It was nominated for the Best Musical Tony in 1983.

(Photo by Anthony La Penna)

Cost of a ticket: $54 to $66

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price + (Note: Discounted tickets are available on the day of the show)

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for Blues in the Night through March 20th!

(Photo by Anthony La Penna)

Quinn Delaney

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