In a white fur coat, ‘The Queen of the Blues’ sits on her luggage outside a Las Vegas hotel. It’s 1959—the legendary star can’t enter the hotel without a white escort. So Dinah Washington, in her inimitable style, takes a long pull from her flask and starts kicking up a fuss. Yvette Freeman reprises her OBIE Award-winning performance in this passionate play by Oliver Goldstick that reminds us “What a Difference a Day Makes”. Features songs made famous by Dinah Washington and performed in the play by Yvette Freeman.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
Paul Eiding as Spinelli/Sam Greeblatt
Yvette Freeman as Dinah Washington
Adriane Lenox as Maye/Mama Jones/Violet
Bud Leslie as Frick/Rollie
Darryl Reed as Boss/Chase Adams/DJ
Original orchestrations and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown; performed by Lanny Hartley on piano, Leroy Ball on bass, and Washington Rucker on drums.
Includes a conversation with playwright Oliver Goldstick.
Directed by Gordon Hunt. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in May of 2002.