Legendary Bluesman Bobby Rush's Story - A Play In Development
By Pati deVries.
Slippin' Through the Cracks, a new musical about the legendary bluesman Bobby Rush is currently in development. An invitation-only industry presentation of the new show will take place in New York City on Tuesday, March 7th and Wednesday, March 8th.
Bobby Rush's inspiring yet little-known story is told in Slippin' Through the Cracks by a cast of 14 actors and five musicians who play family members, business associates, fellow artists, and others in Rush's exciting and turbulent life.
As a thrilling coda to the musical, Mr. Rush joins the company on stage, performing a final song in the show.
Bobby Rush wrote the music and lyrics for Slippin' Through the Cracks. The book is by Mr. Rush and Stephen Lloyd Helper, who conceived the Broadway hit Smokey Joe's Café. Mr. Helper also serves as co-director of the production. The musical is co-directed by Arminda Thomas, with musical direction by Felton Offard.
Two-time Grammy-winner, Blues Hall of Famer, six-time Grammy nominee, and 14-time Blues Music Award winner Bobby Rush has been making recordings for nearly 70 years with more than 400 recordings and 27 studio albums to his name.
While writing some of the greatest stripped-back Delta Blues songs of all time, Rush also reinvents the form into funky, heart-pounding, danceable Blues that lift you out of your seat. From emotional dark bass notes of love gone wrong and life's hardships to the riotous, neo-vaudevillian.
Slippin' Through The Cracks encapsulates the message Bobby Rush has for us today: "If a dirt-poor country boy, with no education, no opportunities, faced with great troubles, can make it through life doing what he loves, so can you."
For Bobby Rush, his Grammy wins, nominations, Blues music awards, and keys to countless cities are recognition of his storytelling gifts, music making, and the deep connection his songs have with all that hear them. They thrive now in a great score, married to an excellent story for the theatre.