Already closed | 2h 20m | Soho/Tribeca

Leaving the Blues

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

The new drama explores the life of the great American jazz singer and songwriter Alberta Hunter. More…

From the show:

Hop onto an imaginary train of memories with famed African-American blues and jazz singer and songwriter Alberta Hunter as she follows her long-dead friend, black comedian Bert Williams (Will), now her glad-handed guide and conductor. He has promised to stir up enough memories of her past successes, friends, and loves to encourage her return to the music she left some twenty years past in the late 1950s. Hunter’s life story, rife with danger, uncertainty, heartbreak, and triumph lays bare the tension that our racial and sexual histories create inside all of us and the danger that history has been and can be to our ability to love.

2h 20m | Already closed | The Flea (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (6)


Great singing, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great singing, Sad, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Hear some Blue and about Alberta Hunter life.

Don't see it if If you want a full musical and big stage. same sex relationships

Also I do not know much about the Blue. I pick this show out of the blue to... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Great singing

See it if You want a well told story of the life of a lesser known star.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in historical relationship dramas

Entertaining, Resonant, Masterful, Great singing

See it if A mesmerizing,epic,totally captivating story of 1of America's legendary blues greats:Alberta Hunter who had to face issues of racism,*

Don't see it if You think that hits like"Lettie"s Blues", "Down Hearted Blues", or "MY HANDY MAN" are less relevant today.

Also *sexism & aging.... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if It’s an absorbing play with excellent singing, good dancing, telling a true story of singer/songwriter with a lasting impact

Don't see it if You want a short play or a big stage musical. This is intimate theatre, and done very very well.

Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like well written plays. I didn't know much about Alberta Hunter. I learned a lot, fascinating life, beautiful production.

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical although there is some music in it.

Resonant, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy good music, as well as engaging relationships that were forced to be hidden due to the bigots of that era. Very deep.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy learning about same sex relationships

January 19th, 2020
Best Bet. "A poignant and entertaining tribute to blues singer Alberta Hunter…explores the many challenges Hunter faced, among them racism, sexism, aging, and the onerous realities of working class life…Rosalind Brown brilliantly performs songs by Eubie Blake and others."
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January 20th, 2020
"Not a musical; it's a play that's too long, with too many choices that need to be rethought.But it also offers a new perspective..on what it was like to be a star and a lesbian…doesn't completely ignore the music. It features seven delicious songs, two of which Hunter wrote."
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