Chasin' Dem Blues

January 17 — March 22, 2020
Stackner Cabaret


Sponsored by

Executive Producers
Amy & Fred Croen • David & Cheryl Walker • Stacy & Blair Williams

Associate Producers
Jennifer & Mark Niedfeldt

Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season


A Celebration of the Blues

This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records.

For a few brief, bright years at the height of the jazz and blues age, Paramount Records was the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest – and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.

“Vibrant…the true story of a once-forgotten blues record label.” — Shepherd Express

Artists
Headshot photo of
Brandin Jay*
Blue
Headshot photo of
Maiesha McQueen*
Queen
Headshot photo of
Eric Noden*
Harp
Headshot photo of
James Scheider*
Professor
Headshot photo of
Kevin Ramsey
Writer/Director & Choreographer

Eric Noden
Co-Music Director
James Scheider
Co-Music Director
Scott Davis
Scenic Designer
Scott A. Rött
Costume Designer
Marisa Abbott
Lighting Designer
Josh Schmidt
Sound Designer
Frank Honts
Casting Director
Richelle Harrington Calin*
Stage Manager
Emily Kathryn Wright*
Stage Manager
Deanie Vallone
Line Producer
Krista Kanderski
Stage Management Resident

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Resources

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Events
Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, January 26, 7pm

Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Ticket Kiosk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

Audio-Described Performance
Features

MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS FOR THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE and CHASIN’ DEM BLUES
MEDIA RELEASE 

Visit Grafton: Get Away to Grafton… A podcast about Chasin’ Dem Blues including an interview with Kevin Ramsey 

“The show serves up some foot-tapping blues, along with fascinating bits of local history and the often-heartbreaking stories of the music makers.”

“The four cast members form a crack musical ensemble with multi-instrumentalists Eric Noden and James Scheider backing and supplementing the star performances—powerful vocally and physically—by Brandin Jay and Maiesha McQueen.”

Photos
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Scenic Designer Scott Davis, Lighting Designer Marisa Abbott. Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Pictured: Eric Noden and Brandin Jay. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Left to right: Brandin Jay, Eric Noden and Maiesha McQueen. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Left to right: James Scheider, Brandin Jay and Maiesha McQueen. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Left to right: Brandin Jay, James Scheider, Maiesha McQueen and Eric Noden. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Left to right: Brandin Jay, Maiesha McQueen, James Scheider and Eric Noden. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret January 17 – March 22, 2020. Left to right: Eric Noden and Maiesha McQueen. Photo by Michael Brosilow.