Chasin' Dem Blues
Amy & Fred Croen • David & Cheryl Walker • Stacy & Blair Williams
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
* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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“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.”
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS FOR THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE and CHASIN’ DEM BLUES