New project by UWM Theater portrays history of blues and its journey to Milwaukee

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:01 am

The UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Theatre will launch its Lab/Works series with "The Road North," an original musical variety show that traces the growth of the blues in America.

Rebecca Holderness directs the show, which opens Wednesday, Nov. 11, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 15. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Studio 508 on the 5th floor of Kenilworth Square East, 1925 E. Kenilworth Place.

"The Road North" is an original musical entertainment built around six classic blues recordings, the artists who perform the songs, and some of the events that make up their history. Song, dance and spoken text alternate in the manner of a variety show. It was created by an ensemble of 21 performing artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, interests and expertise. The set includes drops created by UWM Department of Visual Art students under the guidance of Milwaukee artist and faculty member Raoul Deal, and images made by students at Hartford University School detailing their own journeys to the gateway city of Milwaukee.

All tickets are $5 and are available from the Peck School of the Arts box office, (414) 229-4308. A box office will open at Studio 508 a half hour prior to each performance. This production is supported in part by the UWM Cultures & Communities program.

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