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24 Church Street, Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 | 508-696-6300
Patricia Neal Stage

Low Down Dirty Blues

by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman
directed by Randal Myler

Welcome to Big Mama's Home of the Blues, where the party is just heating up! This sizzling revue finds a group of veteran blues musicians assembled for a late-night jam session, swapping stories and sharing their favorite tunes. Featuring nearly two-dozen smokin’ songs and non-stop riffs, these hot rhythms celebrate the bawdier side of the Blues and are guaranteed to keep the theater sultry and steamy from the first note to the last.

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Felicia P. Fields (Big Mama)

Felicia recently finished a great run of SOPHISTICATED LADIES and her 2-woman show, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL with E Faye Butler in Brunswick, ME at MSMT. Felicia completed a very successful run of directing 5 GUYS NAMED MOE, with Ron O.J. Parson. She is best known for her portrayal of Sofia in the Broadway and first national touring company of THE COLOR PURPLE for which she received a Tony Award nomination, Theater World Award and Clarence Derwitt Award amongst others. Felicia has performed throughout the United States and Canada at some of the most renowned theaters; performing in such shows as HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, DREAMGIRLS, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, HELLO DOLLY, CROWNS, THE WIZ, HOT MIKADOW, BIG RIVER, HAIRSPRAY, and many more. Voice-Overs TV/Film: Chicago Fire, Sense 8, Bad Judge, Chance the rapper’s Slice, Who Gets the Dog? and Save the Last Dance. When not performing on theater stages, Felicia performs at some of the biggest blues festivals in the country. She’s performed in Randy’s shows, I’LL TAKE YOU THERE, AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES and many productions of LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES.

CE Smith (South Side)

C.E. was most recently seen in Tracey Morgan’s new TV show OG as a featured singer. On stage he was recently seen in THE COLOR PURPLE Broadway Revival National Tour as Ol’ Mister and the Preacher. C.E. was in MAN OF LA MANCHA as the Padre, ROCK OF AGES as Ja’Keith Gill and as Noah T. ”Horse” Simmons in THE FULL MONTY at the Alpine Theater Project in Whitefish, Montana. He was Brother Amon in the Tony nominated musical LEAP OF FAITH on Broadway and is featured on the cast CD. He starred as King Maximillian in the North Carolina Theater’s production of CINDERELLA. At the Maine State Musical Theater he was Amonasro in AIDA and Noah T. Horse Simmons in THE FULL MONTY. At the Denver Center Musical Theater he starred as ‘The Man’ in CROWNS. He was a featured soloist in a Motown Review at the world-famous Sport Club in Monte Carlo. C.E. appeared in the National Tour of THE FULL MONTY and is an original cast member of the Broadway production and the San Diego Old Globe Theater World Premier. He appeared in the Broadway production of IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES and is a featured soloist on the Broadway cast album. He also starred in the Seattle Rep. Theater production of the Broadway musical PLAY ON. C.E. originated the role of C.J. in the Broadway premier of STREET CORNER SYMPHONY. Other Broadway, off-Broadway and touring credits include DREAMGIRLS, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (featured soloist), touring with the legendary Lena Horne in THE LADY AND HER MUSIC, a National Tour of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN and BLUES IN THE NIGHT, just to name a few. In Europe he was in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and HAIR. In Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong he toured with and was the dance captain for a production of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, in Japan with BLUES IN THE NIGHT, and in Melbourne Australia with FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE as Four-Eyed-Moe. At the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, C.E. originated the role of Senator Pullman in Jimmy Buffet's World Premier musical DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL written by the late Herman Wouk. He has under his belt many soap appearances, movies, commercials and has performed with many recording artists from Smokey Robinson to Cee-lo Green.

Chic Street Man (Jelly/Musical Director)

Chic has been a featured performer in the US, France and in other parts of Europe, including the Montreux, Paleo and Bern Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, and the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva. He recorded his first album in Paris, and later landed in Santa Barbara, CA where he founded Chic Street Man's School of Performing Arts. Chic composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, SPUNK, adapted by George C. Wolfe from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston and received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in SPUNK. He composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company's IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES and the Cleveland Playhouse's world premiere of TOUCH THE NAMES--LETTERS TO THE VIETNAM VETERAN'S MEMORIAL. He was the Arranger, Musical Director and Composer for the McCarter and Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of Zora Neale Hurston’s POLK COUNTY. In 2005 he played the role of “Slow Drag” in the Seattle Repertory Theater’s production of August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Professor Slick in Pullman Porter Blues at the Seattle Rep, Arena Stage in DC and the Goodman Theater in Chicago and Rev. Gary Davis in Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse production of SEARCH: PAUL CLAYTON. He starred in LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at the Milwaukee Rep, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Arizona Theater Company and has appeared in the films Triple Bogey and Hangin' With the Home Boys. www.chicstreetman.com

Eric Massimino (Bass)

New York bassist Eric Massimino has played nationally and internationally with such artists as Five for Fighting, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Tommy James and the Shondells. As a longtime member of the band “Wolfe” Eric has played with or opened for the artist including Allman Brothers, John Mayall and the BluesBreakers, Leslie West and Mountain, John Popper, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, Dickey Betts, and Sonny Landreth. In 2001 Eric began a two-year run with the off-Broadway production of LOVE JANIS in NYC. In 2005 Eric hit the road with LOVE JANIS for its first U.S. tour. In 2006 Eric played bass and sang in a triumphant 4 month run with the San Francisco Company of LOVE JANIS, followed by the Arizona Theatre Company and then the Alley Theatre in Houston in 2007. In 2008 Eric moved to upstate New York with his family and continued playing on various theater and musical projects. Eric would like to thank Sue, Francesco, Ava and Jess and Randal Myler.

Micheal Murray (Keyboard)

Music Director/Arranger NY: FOREVER DUSTY; 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL; ECHOES OF ETTA (MAC Show of the Year), SISTERS OF SOUL, SOUL IN YOUR STOCKING. Performer at Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Café Carlyle and other NY venues. Music Director or Accompanist: The Chantels, The Counts, Jimmy Guilford, The Spaniels, The Blue Notes, The Tymes, The Orioles, The Dubs, et al. Musical Director Residencies: ReVision Theater in Asbury Park; American Cabaret Theater in Indianapolis and Montana. BA, Yale University. Many thanks to Randy, MJ and Germaine.

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