“Blues in the Night,” a musical revue conceived by Sheldon Epps, will be the debut performance of the 2019-20 theatrical season of the Kansas City Black Repertory Theatre, running thru Oct. 13.
The show will run Thurs., Sept 27 – Sun., Oct. 13 with performances on Thursday through Sunday at the Kansas City Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO. There will not be a performance on Sat., Oct. 5.
“Blues in the Night,” a dialogue-free show, is set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938. The show focuses on three women’s relationships with the same snake of a man, and their interweaving stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, and Alberta Hunter, among others.
Showtimes are 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday, and 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40 per person. Student tickets $15 and senior tickets $30 are available at the door, when seats remain open. Thursday evening, Oct. 3, is Industry Night and theatre industry professionals and college/adult students may purchase half-price tickets at the door. Howard University Alumni Night is Sun., Oct. 6.
In 2016, Damron Russel Armstrong founded the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City to highlight neglected works of the Black experience in the American theatre. BRTKC funds performing arts professionals who teach in urban school districts that lack programs of their own.