bio-musical hits Washington. However, this one is really
artistically as well as musically entertaining. The musical
is all about Alberta Hunter who had a high flying musical career until
1956. She briefly returned to the entertainment industry in 1961,
began a career in nursing only to reappear on stage in 1977 at age of
82. She continued to perform at The Cookery until shortly before
her death in 1984.
is artistically challenging is the play’s two actresses’ abilities to
smoothly switch between playing the younger and older Hunter.
Mavor Award (Canada’s Tony) winner Jackie Richardson plays the older
Hunter and Washington native Janice Lorraine plays the younger Hunter
and briefly several other characters including Louie Armstrong.
The two-hour play runs until Sunday March 9