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‘Ray Charles Live!’ Honors Living Legend

Posted in News on November 20, 2007

Ray Charles Live!, written by BMI Librettist Suzan-Lori Parks (Pulitzer Prize winner for Top Dog Underdog), and directed by Sheldon Epps, premiered November 9 at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (‘Mister’ in The Color Purple) stars in the title role as the seminal musician records his final album. BMI’s Linda Livingston was in attendance to congratulate the creative team on their new musical.

photo BMI’s Linda Livingston, Brandon Victor, BMI songwriter Brenda Russell (The Color Purple).

Ray Charles Live! contextually weaves hit songs into a compelling portrait of the complex entertainer. The play continues through December 9.

photo BMI songwriter Suzan-Lori Parks, BMI’s Linda Livingston, BMI songwriter Brenda Russell (The Color Purple).