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Claire

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  • Dinah Was (Dramatization)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Oliver Goldstick
    • Narrated By Yvette Freeman
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In a white fur coat, "The Queen of the Blues" sits on her luggage outside a Las Vegas hotel. It is 1959; the legendary star cannot 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 that reminds us "What a Difference a Day Makes". Features songs made famous by Dinah Washington and performed in the play by Yvette Freeman.

    Claire Jordan says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    Yvette Freeman IS Dinah Washington. Her story is a remarkable one that is also the story of an era in America where talent was valued but your race ruled your destiny. Anyone who loves jazz or who is a student of American cultural history should take a listen. If you have never seen the performance on stage, this is the next best thing. Ms. Freeman takes you there.

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