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Black Ensemble Theater Presents Etta James
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Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor
Co-Directed by Daryl D. Brooks


First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, “At Last:  A Tribute to Etta James” is a jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career.  We span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back on top in the 80’s,  her phenomenal comeback in the 90’s and the successes and failures she experienced before her passing in 2004 .   Etta James is a vocalist extraordinaire that does not fit into any musical genre.  She was a master at it all, blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel.  Her achievements include a Grammy for best Jazz Vocal Performance, Gammy for Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, an Inductee into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. 

Musical highlights of the production include 18 of Etta’s biggest hits including All I Could Do Was Cry, Fool That I Am, Drowning In My Own Tears, Troubled Times and At Last – just to name a few.