Forget Your Troubles Come On Get Happy – Blues For An Alabama Sky Opens at the Mark Taper Forum

Take a trip back to the 1930s in the delightful revival of Pearl Cleage’s rich and beautiful work “Blues for an Alabama Sky” now on stage at Mark Taper Forum.

Directed by Tony Award-winning actor Phylicia Rashad, this production features Joe Holt, Nija Okoro, Dennis Pearson, Greg Alverez Reid and Kim Steele and continues through May 8. 

The play sets its self in 1930s Harlem. As the main characters share their ambitions along with comedic affirmations centered around their  trials and tribulations, the audience awaits every opportunity to laugh.

Angel is a free-spirited Cotton Club singer who’s out of luck but never out of dreams. Guy is a costume designer waiting for Josephine Baker to invite him to join her in Paris. Delia, a young activist, is trying to give the women of Harlem a choice about their future. Sam, a prominent physician, is either delivering babies or out at the club letting the good times roll. And Leland, who recently arrived in Harlem from Alabama, is haunted by the wide-open skies and lost love he left behind. 

Blues for an Alabama Sky converges passion and politics as the art in a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance amidst the harsh realities of the Great Depression. 

The creative team includes John Iacovelli (scenic design), Wendell C. Carmichael (costume, wig and hair design), Elizabeth Harper (lighting design) and Jeff Gardner (sound design), with original composition by Dontae Winslow. Casting is by Kim Coleman, CSA and Michelle Blair is the production stage manager.

Tickets for “Blues for an Alabama Sky” are currently on sale at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum and start at $30.

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Author: Jackson Roberts

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