Giving Flowers to Blues for an Alabama Sky

*Thank you to Center Theatre Group & Mark Taper Forum for hosting me.

Center Theatre Group hosted its popular Black Out Night Performance for Blues for an Alabama”, Friday, April 8, 2022, at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson began the sold out night with a pre-show address welcoming the audience into the theatre for this special performance of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” intended for Black-identifying theatregoers.

Actor Wendy Raquel Robinson welcomes the audience to the Black Out Night of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum on April 8, 2022.

Robinson during the welcome gave flowers to Pearl Cleage and director, Phylicia Rashad for their continued excellence in the arts and for giving voice to cultural yet universal stories. The audience was filled with familiar faces such as Susan Kelechi-Watson, Geffri Maya, Patrick Walker, Larry Powell and other notables.

From left, cast members Dennis Pearson, Nija Okoro, Greg Alvarez Reid, Kim Steele and Joe Holt during the curtain call for the Black Out Night performance of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum on April\r 8, 2022.

Set in 1930’s Harlem, this revival of Pearl Cleage’s rich and beautiful work runs at the Mark Taper Forum April 6 through May 8, 2022, with opening night set for Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, who originated the role of Angel in the world premiere of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” more than 25 years ago returns to direct this timeless piece that was first presented in 1995 by Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.

The performance was followed by a lovely reception on the Music Center Plaza featuring live music. Sip & Sonder provided coffee and Gwen’s Bakery provided desserts.

Center Theatre Group is hosting a special Blues for an Alabama Sky HBCU Night

Tuesday, April 26 8:00pm with a Stage Talk with cast Q&A following the performance

All Seats: $30

Groups 10+ Only with the group leader making a single payment for the entire group. Only a single $10 handling fee applies,

Fill out our group inquiry form, email or call 213.972.7231 to reserve.

About Blues for an Alabama Sky

Angel is a free-spirited Cotton Club singer who’s out of luck but never out of dreams. Guy is a costume designer waiting for Josephine Baker to invite him to join her in Paris. Delia, a young activist, is trying to give the women of Harlem a choice about their future. Sam, a prominent physician, is either delivering babies or out at the club letting the good times roll. And Leland, who recently arrived in Harlem from Alabama, is haunted by the wide-open skies and lost love he left behind. The lives and dreams of these men and women converge with passion and politics as the art and celebration of the Harlem Renaissance give way to the harsh realities of the Great Depression. 

Pearl Cleage

Phylicia Rashad

Joe HoltNija OkoroDennis PearsonGreg Alverez Reid and Kim Steele

Tickets for all other performances of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” are currently on sale at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum and start at $30. They are available through, Audience Services at (213) 628-2772or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012). Performances run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call for exceptions.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under the leadership of Managing Director / CEO Meghan Pressman and Producing Director Douglas C. Baker, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1,600 to 2,100-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

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