The Mo', The Better

Blues musical heats up the stage, Cajun-style

“When I eat his doughnuts, all I leave is the hole. Any time he wants to, why he can use my sugar bowl.” Thank you, “Kitchen Man,” for that delightful lyric.

Look up raunchy songs in the blues dictionary and you’ll find more like “Shake That Thing” and “The Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole.” These rafter-rockin’ numbers are all included in One Mo’ Time, an evening of 1920s black musical vaudeville conceived by historian, performer, and New Orleans native Vernel Bagneris.

Revived on Broadway in 2002, the show’s format of onstage numbers and backstage bickering re-creates an evening, circa 1926, of singin’ and stompin’ in New Orleans’ Lyric Theatre, where jazz legends like Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson often appeared.


Thu., April 22, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 3 p.m.; Wed., April 28, 2 p.m.; Thu., April 29, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 3 p.m., 2010
 
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