STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LENA HORNE,
starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes, is a “defining portrait of an American icon” (Time Out Melbourne); it combines song, narration, and video to celebrate a triumphant but embattled star who changed history. Wilson shows her pop-jazz prowess as she sings Horne’s trademark songs, including “Stormy Weather,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “Honeysuckle Rose”; Horne biographer James Gavin is onstage to tell the story of an iconic beauty who riveted audiences for six decades.
Horne was Hollywood’s first African-American goddess, with a journey that reached from Harlem’s Cotton Club to the golden age of MGM to supper clubs, Carnegie Hall, and Broadway. As a towering symbol of black struggle and achievement, Horne affected countless lives. Her highs and lows are excitingly recalled in a show that is sure to touch the heart.
MARY WILSON is Motown royalty. As a founding member of the legendary Supremes, then as a constantly touring solo artist, she has performed on the great stages of the world and inspired millions of African-American women to reach for the stars. Ms. Wilson has sung in almost every corner of the world, including the White House; she is also a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and devoted humanitarian.
JAMES GAVIN’s 2009 biography Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne was proclaimed “magnificent” by Liz Smith. The Hollywood Reporter called Gavin’s Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker “a landmark in entertainment biography.” His book Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret won ASCAP’s prestigious Deems Taylor Award. Gavin’s latest, Is That All There Is: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee, was termed “fascinating” and “suspenseful” by the New York Times.