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Lillias White Rocks Bay Street

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor along with Martin Richards and The Gilead Company presented the World Premier of Paul Levine’s BIG MAYBELLE: SOUL OF THE BLUES starring the incomparable force of nature Lillias White, who delivers an unforgettable evening of music. The  Broadway diva blew the roof off the theater on opening night and had the packed house that included Marty himself rocking with approval on her opening number; a spirited and sassy rendition of “Whole Lotta ShakinGoin’On, a song Big Maybelle recorded in 1955 two years before Jerry Lee Lewis. The Tony Award winning sensation practically never leaves the stage in two acts while delivering almost 30 spirited soulful songs in the process of chronicling the brief life of the blues singer Big Maybelle.

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor along with Martin Richards and The Gilead Company presented the World Premier of Paul Levine’s BIG MAYBELLE: SOUL OF THE BLUES starring the incomparable force of nature Lillias White, who delivers an unforgettable evening of music. The  Broadway diva blew the roof off the theater on opening night and had the packed house that included Marty himself rocking with approval on her opening number; a spirited and sassy rendition of “Whole Lotta ShakinGoin’On, a song Big Maybelle recorded in 1955 two years before Jerry Lee Lewis. The Tony Award winning sensation practically never leaves the stage in two acts while delivering almost 30 spirited soulful songs in the process of chronicling the brief life of the blues singer Big Maybelle.


Lillias White backstage with Eric Brown, Kiku Collins, George Farmer, Jason Marshall, Michael Mitchell and John Putnam

Michael Mitchell is the Musical Director; Orchestrations are by Musical Supervisor Kenny Seymour. The band includes Eric Brown (Drums), Kiku Collins (Trumpet), George Farmer (Bass), Jason Marshall (Saxaphone) and John Putnam (Guitar). Eric Brown and Kiku Collins are also featured in the roles of ‘Sully’ and ‘Loretta.

The show runs Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, September 2. Showtimes are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8pm with Wednesday matinees on August 15, 22, and 29 at 2pm and a 4pm matinee on Saturdays August 18 and 25. Sunday showtime is at 7pm. Tickets are available online at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500. The Box Office is open every day, 11 am –showtime.

Photography: Barry Gordin
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