By Golden Globe Winner Regina Taylor
Original Lyrics by Regina Taylor
Original Music by Obie Award Winner Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Tony Award Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson
JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER
Oo-Bla-Dee follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. On this trip toward freedom the latest member of the group, sax player Gin Del Sol, must wrestle with the complex timing of the music as well as the complicated times in which she lives. Oo-Bla-Dee is written by Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor (Crowns, I’ll Fly Away), featuring original songs by Taylor and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man, Eli’s Comin’),directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney, Lackawanna Blues).
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission.
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