Blues on the Light Rail: Ensemble Theatre to Ride & Sing (Update With Time Change)
Well my mama told me, my papa told me too Now my mama told me, papa told me too Well I shouldn't be here tryin' to sing these railroad blues.
Metro will ignore this parental advice Wednesday when they partake in a stunt that actually sounds like it could be quite enjoyable -- the cast of the Ensemble Theatre's current hit show Blues in the Night will be entertaining light rail passengers at a number of stations along the line.
From 12:30 until 2:30 that day, cast members will ride along and give a capella concerts at Main Street Square Station, the Downtown Transit Center, Ensemble/HCC station (of course) and the Texas Medical Center.
Blues in the Night is pretty much a concert loosely connected with a thin plot; our reviewer was ecstatic with it.
It's the ultimate glorified concert, wondrously performed and immensely satisfying, as we relive some of America's greatest songs about lost love, losing love and once having had love. It's a complete blues catalog, everything from standards "Am I Blue?" and "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," to some rare finds composed by influential American singer Bessie Smith, to raunchy vaudeville numbers, whose rich and spicy double entendres can still make one blush. When Miss Hearne, a voluptuous, extra-large lady, purrs about her cook, Sam, in "Kitchen Man," and then juicily describes his culinary skills with succotash, sausage and turnip top, there's no doubt what she's praising.
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Update: Metro says the time has now been chaged to 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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