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Stormy Weather

by Sharleen Cooper Cohen
Suggested by Lena Horne, Entertainer published by Chelsea House

Stormy WeatherLena Horne, a legendary beauty and one of the world's greatest entertainers, electrified audiences wherever she performed--night clubs, movies, concerts and television shows. The first black pin-up girl and movie star, the first black featured on the cover of a national magazine, she blazed a trail for countless African American performers who came after her.

But success did not come without sacrifice. She fought constant battles between her career, marriage and motherhood. She faced prejudice in her personal life and in her professional life. Blacklisted, kicked out of the USO and suspended by MGM, she succeeded against all odds.

Because her private life was scrupulously guarded, the public was unaware of the struggles Lena endured or the indignities she suffered. Nor did anyone know about the tragedies that nearly destroyed her as a woman and an entertainer. STORMY WEATHER is that story, the story of a survivor, told against a musical backdrop.

Watch a short goodbye tribute to the cast of Stormy Weather 2009

 

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Stormy Weather Cast - Pasadena January 2009

Stormy Weather East Coast Premiere - Philadelphia February 2007

Stormy Weather Cast - New York November 2005

Stormy Weather Cast - New York February 2005

Stormy Weather Cast - New York June 2004

Stormy Weather Cast - New York September/October 2001

Stormy Weather Cast - New York October 2000

Stormy Weather Cast - Los Angeles September 1999

Watch a montage of scenes and songs from Stormy Weather's production at the Pasadena Playhouse:

Stormy Weather Clip

On and Backstage photos: (all photos © Michael Scott)

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Celebrities pay homage to Leslie Uggams and Lena Horne backstage at the Pasadena Playhouse, March 2009:

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Closing Night Party, March 2009:

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What the critics say:

"A HIGH-VOLTAGE AFFAIR!
EXUBERANCE TO SPARE!"
CHARLES McNULTY, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A TRIUMPHANT EVOCATION OF LENA HORNE'S SPIRIT AND TALENT!"
"A CALVACADE OF SIZZLING STANDARDS!"
BOB VERINI, VARIETY

"GO!"
Steven Leigh Morris, LA WEEKLY

"IN A WORD: MESMERIZING."
GAIL CHOICE, OUR WEEKLY

"ROUSING PRODUCTION NUMBERS!"
"THE SCORE USES SOME OF THE BEST SONGS
WRITTEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY!"
JONAS SCHWARTZ, THEATERMANIA

"A PROMISING SUNNY NEARLY SOLD-OUT RUN!"
"PROSPECTS OF AN ELECTRICAL STORM ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY!"
LAURA HITCHCOCK, CURTAINUP

"ELECTRIFYING NEW MUSICAL"
SCOTT MAURO, broadwayworld.com

 

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