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About Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue is an exuberant new musical with a tour-de-force performance by award-winning actor Laiona Michelle. From her ascension as classical music prodigy to “High Priestess of Soul” to civil rights activist, this story taps into the legend that is Nina Simone with an honest and powerful portrait of her rich life and her ultimate decline. Feel the passion, joy, and pain of a woman adored by millions – then and now. After a box office shattering, sold out regional premiere at George Street Playhouse, Little Girl Blue is poised to become a New York sensation.

Production photos by Diane Sobolewski, Goodspeed Musicals

Run time

2 hours

Start date

March 5th, 2022

End date

May 28th, 2022

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97 Reviews

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1212 Reviews | 345 Followers
83
Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want an excellent performance of two Nina Simone acts: 1968 and 1976 that include commentary on the times with well-sung numbers.

Don’t see it if if you are looking for a full biography or a musical with a plot and all her hit songs - this is a stage performance with a 3 piece band.

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

614 Reviews | 286 Followers
90
Absorbing, Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Charming Am talent,deliverin rare perf of one of the most progressive artists o the civil rights era,w terrific jazz trio on black box set

Don’t see it if Uninterested in Nina Simone's classics eg "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel2B Free" or"Ne Me Quitte Pas" AND "My Way": Nina's life in 1song.

nancykasz

nancykasz

172 Reviews | 56 Followers
86
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Excellent performance by Laiona Michelle who plays different characters in Nina's life as well as powerful heartbreaking vocals.

Don’t see it if A few strong words...not interested in Nina Simone's story, civil rights, music, or mental health struggles.

Phil 9070

Phil 9070

414 Reviews | 96 Followers
92
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding performance by Laiona Michelle portraying two concerts by Nina Simone as well as a wonderful band to support her.

Don’t see it if You do not like Nina Simone. One of the better off Broadway Productions I've seen without question. Highly recommended.

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Little Girl Blue cast and creative team

By: Laiona Michelle Songs by: Laiona Michelle, Director: Devanand Janki Cast list: Laiona Michelle, Kenn Salters, Saadi Zain, Mark Fifer Design: Shoko Kambura Lighting: Dawn Chiang Costume: Ari Fulton Sound: Twi McCallum Other info: Music direction and arrangements by Mark Fifer, wig design by Earon Nealey

Venue

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10019

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

More information about Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue, a new musical about the life of Nina Simone, will put a spell on you. The show, written by and starring Laiona Michelle, traces the evolution of Simone as a genre-blending singer/songwriter and outspoken activist in her historic career. Get Little Girl Blue tickets on TodayTix.

Little Girl Blue is a musical that packs two decades' worth of a music career into two hours. Simone originally aspired to a career as a concert pianist, but after training in classical music at Juilliard, she ended up with a jazz-pianist gig in Atlantic City that also required her to sing. Thus began Simone's career of experimenting with different genres in her music — she never forgot her classical roots, but she mixed that sound with elements of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.

Simone was equally famous for her own songs as for her covers of others'. Some of her landmark songs, however, were self-written ones inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Between then-controversial song releases and speeches at demonstrations, Simone established herself as a figurehead in the fight for equal rights. Little Girl Blue explores all these aspects during her life and career.

Little Girl Blue star Laiona Michelle's previous credits include The Book of Mormon on tour and Amazing Grace on Broadway. Little Blue Girl premiered in 2019 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The show most recently had an outdoor run with East Haddam, Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House in 2021.

Now, New World Stages hosts the premiere of Little Girl Blue off Broadway with its entire cast and creative team intact, including Michelle, fellow performers Kenn Salters, Saadi Zain, and Mark Fifer (who is the show's pianist, music director, and arranger), and director Devanand Janki.

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What to Watch For

  • Little Girl Blue off Broadway features an all-female, all-BIPOC design team of set designer Shoko Kambura, costume designer Ari Fulton, lighting designer Dawn Chiang, sound designer Twi McCallum, and wig designer Earon Nealey.
  • The Little Girl Blue musical takes its title from Simone's debut album. That album, in turn, is named for a song Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart originally wrote for the Broadway musical Jumbo, and which Simone covers on the album! Dozens of other artists have covered the song since its 1935 release.
  • Nina Simone's birth name is Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She changed her name when she started playing jazz music so her mother, who considered jazz "the devil's music," wouldn't find out. "Nina" was a nickname a boyfriend gave her, which came from niña, the Spanish word for "girl." She took "Simone" from the French actress Simone Signoret after seeing her in the 1952 movie Casque d'Or.
  • Simone released multiple songs about racial inequality in support of the Civil Rights Movement. These include "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," "Backlash Blues" (written by poet Langston Hughes), and a cover of Billy Taylor's "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free." Another of her songs, "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," is based on an unfinished play by A Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry, a close friend of Simone's.
  • You might not even realize how many Nina Simone songs you know! "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," made popular as a blues-rock hit by The Animals, and "I Put a Spell on You," now associated with Annie Lennox and the movie Hocus Pocus, were sung by Simone years earlier!

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