BLACK ENSEMBLE’S 42ND SEASON OF MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Written by L. Maceo Ferris/Directed by Daryl D. Brooks
Preview: February 17, 18, 23, 24th
Opens: February 25th
Closes: April 1st
A tribute to a man that revolutionized the music industry in an era of overt racism enforced by Jim Crow laws. With songs like Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode, the Black Ensemble pays tribute to one of the greatest rock and roll artists of our lifetime.
A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti Labelle
Written and Directed by Rueben Echoles
Preview: May 5, 6, 11, 12th
Opens: May 13th
Closes: June 17th
A fun-filled tribute to the ultimate diva! A night of singing that is sure to have you “Over the Rainbow”.
Rick Stone: The Blues Man
Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor
Previews: July 14, 15, 20, 21st
Opens: July 22nd
Closes: August 26th
If you love the blues then you’re going to love Rick Stone the Blues Man! Step on in to Ricky’s Place, where the drinks are flowing, the dance floor is full and the band never stops. This is Ricky’s Place and there is no other Blues Club like it on the planet! Join Ricky and his regulars Dwight Neal, Theo Huff, Rhonda Preston, Cynthia Carter, Kelvin Davis and Lamont Harris as they tear the house down singing the blues made famous by the greatest blues artists of all time like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, KoKo Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Fleetwood Mac and Buddy Guy just to name a few. Of course, Ricky and Dwight will perform their famous Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf song battle and there’s always a surprise guest who will take the stage. This is a true blues lover’s smorgasbord. Don’t waste any time just get on down to 4450 N. Clark Street at the Black Ensemble Theater and step into Ricky’s Place a blues lover’s paradise!
A Revolution in Rhyme: From Gil Scott-Heron to Jay-Z
Written and Directed by Rueben Echoles and Daryl D. Brooks
Preview: September 29, 30th & October 5, 6th
Opens: October 7th
Closes: November 4th
This review takes us on a journey through decades of Hip Hop music and just how it changed the music industry that we have today. With artists like Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, Biggie, and Tupac, this show is sure to entertain and educate on a musical genre that has taken the world by storm!
Women Of Soul
Written and Directed by Daryl D. Brooks
Preview: December 8, 9, 14, 15th
Opens: December 16th
Closes: January 27th
Women of Soul guides us through the life of some of the most powerful women of soul music. Women like Chaka Khan, Sade, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Teena Marie and the incomparable Whitney Houston made a huge impact on the music industry. “Women of Soul” Takes a look at the struggles and the triumphs these women went through to reach the pinnacle of their success.