James Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project starring Mary Wilson

James Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project starring Mary Wilson

Stormy Weather is a “living, breathing, biography” combining story, song and visual images from James Gavin’s wealth of material and hundreds of interviews to give us the defining portrait of Lena Horne, the groundbreaking performer, activist, Broadway star and celebrated American icon. 

Thrilling new arrangements of songs in this concert include “Stormy Weather,” “Honeysuckle Rose," "Yesterday When I Was Young" and many others made popular by Lena Horne.

Best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio – they recorded 12 No.1 hits from 1964 to 1969 – Wilson's career did not stop with The Supremes. She continues to perform and entertain with passion and skill.

STORMY WEATHER is based on James Gavin’s “definitive” (VANITY FAIR) and “deftly researched” (The Boston Globe) biography of the same title, “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne.” For more information, click here.

May 2 Ferguson Hall

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Show Dates & Times

Thurs., May 2, 8 p.m.

Pricing

Regularly priced tickets start at $33.50.

Educator's Discount: 50% off excluding Price Level One seating. Limited to two tickets.

Student/Military Discount: 50% off excluding Price Level One seating. Limited to one ticket per person.

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About the Show

STORMY WEATHER is a “living, breathing, biography” combining story, song and visual images from James Gavin’s wealth of material and hundreds of interviews – several with Horne herself – to give us the defining portrait of an American icon.

Thrilling new arrangements of songs  in  this  concert  include  “Stormy  Weather,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” "Yesterday When I Was Young" and many others made popular by Lena Horne.

This narrated concert production features rare multi-media images and footage of Lena Horne narrated by James Gavin, author of the NAACP Image Award Nominated biography STORMY WEATHER (Simon & Schuster 2009): At the Academy Awards in 2002, Halle Berry thanked Lena Horne for paving the way for her to become the first black recipient of the Award for Best Actress.

The beautiful Lena Horne became a pioneering star for African Americans in the '40s and '50s. From the Cotton Club's glory days and the back lots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas, this behind-the-scenes look at an American icon is as much a story of the limits of the American dream as it is a masterful, ground-breaking biography. The book was on Oprah’s Summer Reading List in 2009. The show now tours with Mary Wilson. Arrangements by Emmy Award Winner Mike Renzi and Musical Director Larry Dunlap.

Reviews

"Thrilling and unforgettable!" - The Journal Gazette, Northern Illinois

"The show was an absolute delight and our audiences loved it!" - The Library Theatre (Hoover, Alabama)

"To catch Mary Wilson’s show is a masterclass and history lesson all in one! Lena Horne story so gracefully orated by New York writer, James Gavin, and sung by the great Mary Wilson." - Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Adelaide, Australia)

“[Mary Wilson's] mastery of vocal colouring was on display from a bottom register as dark and velvety as Guinness into a still agile top.” - TheAge.com

“Wilson was fabulously powerful” - The Australian.