Blues in the Night


Conceived & Directed by SHELDON EPPS

The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers - by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more - tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong. 

Average Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

Recommended for audiences 12 and up, no one under 5 will be admitted. 

Open caption performance: Saturday, March 09, 2019 at 2:00PM 

Talk-back performance dates: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:30PM and Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00PM

Blues in the Night replaces the previously announced 1776 The Musical. 

Yvette Cason
The Lady from the Road
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Yvette Cason

is thrilled to reprise the role of Lady from the Road in Blues In The Night. Favorite theatre credits include Shout Sister Shout, Barbecue, A Night With Janis Joplin, Ella The Musical, Dreamgirls, Play On! (Ovation Award), Once On This Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’, St. Louis Woman, Into The Woods and Sisterella (NAACP Theatre Award). Film: A Wrinkle In Time, Dreamgirls and Middle of Nowhere. Recent TV: For The People, Shameless. She has toured with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, David Foster and Babyface. Education: Berklee College of Music.

Chester Gregory
The Man in the Saloon
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Chester Gregory

Broadway credits include: Motown the Musical (Berry Gordy), Hairspray (Seaweed), Sister Act (Eddie), Tarzan (Terk), and Cry-Baby (Dupree). National Tour: Motown (Berry Gordy), Sister Act (Eddie), Dreamgirls (James “Thunder” Early), and the title role in The Jackie Wilson Story. Regional: August Wilson’s Fences and Two Trains Running. Television: Performances on “The Daily Show”, “The View”, and The Tony Awards. Chester is the recipient of numerous accolades including Chicago’s Jeff Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana, as well as an honorary Doctorate Degree from Columbia College Chicago. He’s currently producing his one man show, The Eve of Jackie Wilson and has just released two albums. @ChesterGregory

Jenna Gillespie
The Girl with the Date
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Jenna Gillespie

is ecstatic to be a part of an extraordinary original work! An Oxnard, California native, Jenna graduated with a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. Favorite credits include: BAZ: Tour de Force (Vegas, Palazzo Theatre), Ovation Nominated: Recorded in Hollywood (Kirk Douglas Theater), Disney’s Frozen Live, Five and Dime and Disney Jr Dance Party. Favorite Music composition credits include: “Debbie Gibson Int. Tour” (Keys/Voc.), Original web-series “Crazy with a K” (composer)! Crazy Daisy: An Original 30 –Minute Musical.

Paulette Ivory
The Woman of the World
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Paulette Ivory

Los Angeles based British born, Paulette Ivory is one of London’s acclaimed Singer/Actors. She originated the role of Nala in London’s The Lion King. Played ‘Aida’ in Elton John/ Disney’s Aida National US tour to critical acclaim including a Helen Hayes nom’ for best Actress. Credits: FELA on Broadway. Purlie (NAACP nom for best lead Actress), Ragtime Sarah, Blues In The Night (US/London), A Woman of No Importance (Royal Shakespeare Co.) TV credits: Criminal Minds, The Young and the Restless’, Numb3rs, Girlfriends, Strong Medicine, Lords of Dogtown. World-renowned teacher and author, Marianne Williamson, who counsels Oprah Winfrey and has announced her intention to run for President, asked Paulette to sing for her on Martin Luther King Day 2019. A huge honor., asked Paulette to sing for her on Martin Luther King Day 2019. A huge honor. @Pauletteivory

Press Coverage

  • ‘Blues’ jazzes up Laguna Playhouse

    It might seem unlikely that such a diet of emotional misery could bring audiences to their feet, but that's definitely the case at the Laguna Playhouse where “Blues in the Night” delivers a truly terrific evening of theater.

  • Blues in the Night - culturalattache

    We saw the show at the Wallis and can guarantee that Blues in the Night is the perfect show for anyone who loves great songs (some better-known than others) performed brilliantly by this four-person cast.

  • The soul of the blues wails in full force at the opening of Blues in the Night at Laguna Playhouse

    The King of Blues, B.B. King, said, “Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you.” True to that statement, on Sunday afternoon it would have been impossible for anyone to leave Laguna Playhouse downhearted. The audience at the opening performance of Blues in the Night got a brilliant dose of the best blues around, performed by three seductive and sassy songstresses, one smooth guy, and backed by a sharp live jazz group. 

  • Theater review: A neglected musical form takes center stage in ‘Blues in the Night’ at Laguna Playhouse

    What emerged from his creative oven was “Blues in the Night,” a vital four-singer revue with a five-piece backing band that surveys a 26-song catalog of the mournful-to-bawdy African-Americana that is the blues.

Upcoming Shows


Runs March 27 - April 14, 2019


Runs May 29 - June 16, 2019