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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (Stage, 1999) Now best known as the musical that didn't get to strut its stuff at this year's Tony Awards, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a...It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (Stage, 1999) Now best known as the musical that didn't get to strut its stuff at this year's Tony Awards, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a...1999-07-09

Now best known as the musical that didn’t get to strut its stuff at this year’s Tony Awards, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues is a rollicking revue, thanks to wide-ranging song selections (from spirituals to country to ”Fever”) and a dynamite cast. The inspired singing — particularly Gretha Boston’s plaintive ”St. Louis Woman” and Eloise Laws’ dramatic ”I Put a Spell on You” — more than makes up for the weak book and often static staging. Even though the performers don’t leave their chairs often enough, the audience usually does during the curtain call. B+