Theater: It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues

And this revue ain't nothin' but seven singers performing a history of the blues, from traditional African chants to Motown, with side glances at Hank Williams and Peggy Lee. The rotund Ron Taylor (one of five co-authors) is the show's soulful heart, while Eloise Laws and Gretha Boston have the most impressive vocal turns. So poor was Broadway's musical season that this minimally produced concert got four Tony nominations. Talk about the blues.

--By Richard Zoglin

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