Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 6:30pm
By Duke Ellington
Opera heads to Harlem for a Big Band makeover in the Duke's only opera! Ellington's opera buffa is the story of a Harlem belle, who finds an elixir of "everlasting anythingness" in her pursuit of straight hair and a crown. Our heroine is inspired by the life of Mme. C. J. Walker, hair product mogul and this country's first female African-American, self-made millionaire. Social status, beauty, and racial divides are redefined in the Duke's raucous affair, forging hot jazz, cool blues, and gravity-defying bouffants...
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