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Lonesome Blues

From 62 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

The world premiere musical 'Lonesome Blues' is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. More…

Discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, Texas in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop.


Member Reviews (62)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
73
Avg Score

71
Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Meandering, Bluesy

See it if you enjoy early blues music & want to learn about an oft-forgotten progenitor of the form as told & sung by the engaging & skilled Babatunde

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for rambling storytelling or the tedium of repetitive blues riffs.

Also The play, while interesting and engaging, feels long because the show ... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like a solo show with one actor and one musician, both very talented, telling the story of a singer through the use of songs.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows or like a show with a plot. Very simple set.

Also I did not know anything about Blind Lemon Jefferson. You do not get a ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Clever

See it if You like blues, you like history of music, for a nice night out, Mr Babatunde became all the characters he portrayed. Great singing too

Don't see it if You don't like blues, or one man shows. Or if you expect elaborate stage or sets. Just sit back and enjoy

60
Good singing, Good acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a big fan of the blues especially Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Don't see it if if you do not like the blues, if you do not like or are unfamiliar with Blind Lemon Jefferson and/or if you don't like one person shows.

75
Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You are a Blues enthusiast or interested in musical history. Great guitar, some good singing but sounds too much the same.

Don't see it if You have no interest I the Blues and like a lot of action.

77
Absorbing, Great singing, Slow

See it if You like old 1920s and earlier blues. You’re interested in the life of Blind Lemon Jefferson. You want to hear great singing.

Don't see it if You want something lighthearted or modern. You want a show with a definite plot or in depth anecdotes. You don’t like the blues.

Also Great singing and interesting subject matter. I took someone who was n... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if You like blues music and learn about struggle of a blind musician during great depression.The music was great and the actor was entertaining

Don't see it if You do not like one man show or blues music per se. there is no intermission and the elevator (few flights down) was out of order.

Also It is difficult and too much pressure when it was one act/man show but... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great blues guitar, Relevant

See it if you love early blues and want to experience a great blues icon...with bits of his history.

Don't see it if you are expecting a biography of Jefferson or don't care for early blues music

72
Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the blues.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows and if you dislike the blues.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like Texas blues. Blind Lemon is the foundation of this genre. An incredible musician to learn about.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows. Exploring new themes.

75
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy powerhouse voices an discovering an overlooked person in music history.

Don't see it if you want an large production was many cast members.

60
Disappointing

See it if you want to see a one-man show that is mostly singing.

Don't see it if you want to see more acting than singing.

Also I really wanted to love this. My preference would be to see Blind Lemo... Read more Read less

80
Interesting insight into blind lemon jefferson's life and music

See it if You enjoy one-man shows with good singing.

Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows

76
Great singing, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Wonderful blues music

Don't see it if Don’t like blues music

81
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Cliched, Slow

See it if You're interested in music history especially forgotten hero types.

Don't see it if you need a multi-layered complex plot or don't like one-man shows.

23
Disappointing

See it if You want to hear a great blues guitarist who accompanies the singer.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a haphazard story.

85
Great singing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Blusey

See it if If you like the blues or American roots music. Of if you just like to hear the unamplified voice of a great singer

Don't see it if If you don't care for the blues or American roots music

Also If you like the blues or American roots music you'll love this. A one ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if if you love the blues, and want to know more about a under-appreciated musical icon

Don't see it if You don't like one-person musicals

87
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like the blues and an imaginative retelling of one of the greatest blues musicians of which people know little about.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, or the blues.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a strong performance from a captivating actor

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows.

85
Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy old school blues music performed by an incredible guitarist, and one man shows.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or musicals based off of real people/events.

During previews
70
Great guitar, A change of pace, Lots of music, Historically interesting

See it if you love the blues. You'll hear a lot! The guitar-player is terrific.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows (hard to decipher wh character speaks). You'll miss words of dialogue/lyrics. Not much bio info. Simple staging.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if You like blues. I’m not familiar with Blind Lemon Jefferson so can’t say if his sound is replicated here but the singing is great.

Don't see it if You want to find out any real details about BLJ. There’s very little dialogue or plot line. What there is, is muddled and hard to follow.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like a one man blues concert by a delightful singer. It is less than 90 minutes

Don't see it if This is not a play , It is less than 90 minutes. To use public transportation on a weekend day in New York, one needs more than this.

During previews
80
Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You’re curious the history of 20th Century Blues. It’s a bit confusing but the performance is stellar

Don't see it if You’re looking for a straight play.


June 25th, 2018
"The authors have struggled to put together a coherent narrative out of the few pitiful scraps of information available to them, and the result is one of the sketchiest entertainments to grace the York's stage in some time...After a while, the text of 'Lonesome Blues' comes to feel like so much w...
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June 20th, 2018
“Features Babatundé’s awesome performance...but unfortunately muddled storytelling...There’s a lack of background information imparted and so despite the great renditions it becomes stultifying...In the second half...the narration is more connected to the musical portions as it successfully concl...
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June 20th, 2018
“Though Babatundé’s Texas accent, likely close to authentic, makes it difficult to understand some of what’s being said, the performer delivers forceful personification. Confident vocals slip/slide with terrific range and evocative accentuation. Lyrics that insinuate do so with flair. The actor s...
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June 20th, 2018
“The storytelling in this creation is a tad convoluted, rarely finding its spirit and the internalized beat. The singing wanders around from good to impressive but never hitting that emotional high we keep waiting for. Oddly enough, Babatundé is more engaging when he takes on the voice and manner...
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