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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a musical revue written by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor, and Dan Wheetman. It was originally produced at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and later presented by the Crossroads Theatre, in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre and Alabama Shakespeare Festival in New York City.

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
BookCharles Bevel
Lita Gaithers
Randal Myler
Ron Taylor
Dan Wheetman
BasisAn original idea by Ron Taylor
Productions1999 Off Broadway
1999 Broadway

The revue traces the history of "blues" music with more than three dozen songs. Ron Taylor acted as singing narrator. It was directed by Randal Myler with movement by Donald McKayle.

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues started as a Denver Center Theater Company school touring show in circa 1994.[1] The Denver Center production played at the Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.), in November 1996. It subsequently opened in New York City at the New Victory Theater in March 1999 for a limited run, and then transferred to Broadway. It opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 26, 1999, transferred to the Ambassador Theatre on 9/7/1999, and ran until January 9, 2000, with 284 performances.

In 2011, the show was revived by the New Haarlem Arts Theater at the Aaron Davis Hall on the City College of New York campus.[2]


On-stage 6-member band, musical director Dan Wheetman, with Debra Laws and Kevin Cooper on Bass Guitar

Songs (partial)Edit

Sources: The Washington Post, Lloyd Rose, D01, November 22, 1996 and Curtain Up review, April 1999

  • "Come On in My Kitchen"
  • "Black Woman"
  • "Crawlin' King Snake"
  • "Walkin' Blues"
  • "Crossroad Blues"
  • "I Can't Stop Loving You"
  • "Dangerous Blues"
  • "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
  • "Fever"
  • "Someone Else is Stepping In"
  • "Walking After Midnight"
  • "Good-Night Irene"

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ The Denver Post, Sandra C. Dillard, p. I-01, November 7, 1999
  2. ^ Saltz, Rachel (2011-08-02). "Exploring the Far Reaches and Forms of the Blues". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-19.

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