Devils Music Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Tickets

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Tickets & Information

St. Luke's Theatre

308 West 46th Street

(between 8th and 9th Avenues)

New York NY 10036 View on map

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The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Summary

Sexy and racy, Blues singer Bessie Smith (performed by Lortel Award nominated actress Miche Braden) was the definition of a Red Hot Mamma and the most successful entertainer of her time. On the eve of her tragic death in 1937, Bessie takes center stage in a Memphis "buffet flat." Now, among friends, she tells the story of her amazing life, career, her loves and losses. Put your troubles aside, and soak up the blues as Bessie Smith comes to life and sings the songs that made her so unforgettable, St. Louis Blues, Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl and Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.

Miche Braden as Bessie commands the stage like an empress -- which is only fitting because Bessie Smith was known as The Empress of the Blues. She gives a towering performance that fully and forcefully brings Bessie and her music to life. - Theatremania

Miche Braden embodies much of Bessie in this portrayal, her colorful vocals playful, her emotional yearnings truthful. And she does know how to work an audience. It's a class act performed without an intermission! - NY Theatre Examiner

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Cast Members:

Miche Braden

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Creative Team

Author: Angelo Parra

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Award Winners/Nominees

Nominated for 1 Drama Desk Award

  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Miche Braden

Nominated for 1 2012 Lucille Lortel Award
  • Outstanding Solo Show

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Quick Facts

Running Time:

90 minutes, with no intermission

Price Range


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Audience :

Recommended for 12 +
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

First Preview Date
June 7, 2011

Box Office Hours

Monday: 2pm - 7pm
Tuesday: 2pm - 7pm
Wednesday : Noon - 8pm
Thursday: 2pm - 6pm
Friday - 2pm - 8pm
Saturday: Noon - 8pm
Sunday: 1pm - 7pm

Please note:
When there is an early performance, the Box Office will open 1/2 hour prior to curtain. When there is an evening performance open until curtain.


Coat Room

None available.