THAT GREAT & DREADFUL DAY-TALL TALES FROM THE AMERICAN SWAMPmusicals and operas · the swamp company · Ages 5+ · family friendly · world premiere · 1hr to 75 mins ·
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME AND SUPPORTED THE SHOW, SEE YOU AGAIN SOON…
The money is spend, the theatre’s reserved….now just come one come all for a hootin’n hollerin good time!!
>>>REVIEW….LA Theatre Review 6/27 by Ashley Steed
That Great & Dreadful Day-Tall Tales From The American Swamp at ComedySportz LA ~
I have a deep love for the blues, bluegrass and really anything that makes me stomp my feet and clap my hands. That Great & Dreadful Day weaves monologues (Jack E. Curenton) about a band in Louisiana with original music by D. Minor.
The story chronicles Lawrence Douglas Minor’s life from the roaring 20s to the 60s. Although Curenton does a great job with the monologues, evoking the classic oral story telling tradition of the Deep South, the real strength of this show is the music.
I was surprised to find out that all the songs were original music. I’ve never heard them before, yet they all sounded so familiar. It felt as if the Swamp Opera band had been playing together for ages. Special praise goes out to Mary Stuart who wrote and sang “Louisiana Blues.” Her raspy and earthy voice goes straight through your soul. D. Minor as the lead guitarist and singer definitely knows how to get the audience to tap their toes.
For anyone who loves bluegrass, Americana, folk, and the blues this is sure to entertain.
Plays June 27 at 3p, 7p
TRUST ME…YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS TRIP…CAUSE YOU AIN’T NEVER SEEN NOTHING LIKE IT BEFORE….“IF THE ROLLING STONES GREW UP IN LOUISIANA…THEY’D PROBABLY SOUND JUST LIKE US!!”, Dee Miner
TICKETING: At the door. Pay What You Want or Can…
This all-acoustic “Swamp Operetta” is a play in the musical theatre variety. The “Tall Tale” is centered on the life experiences of the Blues Musician, one Laurence Douglas Miner and his small group of cohorts as spun in the first person by the “Storyteller” in the Here & Now.
Staged on a sharecropper’s cabin during Depression-era Louisiana continuing through the War Years and into the 1960’s, the tales are told and the original songs are sung by a cast of seven in period costume who play out the “Tale” with their dialogue from the There & Then… By the time the lightenin’ strikes, one is hard-pressed to tell whether the tales were true, half-true, or just out’n out lies. Standing ovations and rave reviews continue to propel this production to Sold-out performances
RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
>>>"DO NOT LET A CHANCE TO SEE THIS PASS YOU BY!
I saw it at the Adler. If schedule allows, I’m going to PAY to go see it again during Fringe because it was that good. Whether you hit it up at the Adler or at the Fringe, GO. If you don’t go and hear raves from others down the road who did? Don’t come whining to me after the fact because I Told You So. Pam Noles
>>>"A juke joint-style amalgam of song, story, hootin’ and hollerin"- Mindy Farabee, Los Angeles Times.
>>>“The murky swamps of the the Louisiana Bayous brings a surprisingly sweet smell — and even better music — to Hollywood… A soulful, acoustic “swamp operetta,” the show is a bluesy journey through the life of musician Laurence Douglas Miner and his band from their Depression-era beginnings into the free-spirited 60s…music is really what this production is about, it’s worth noting that the songs do in fact make every minute of this show worth it…. a delightful musical ride through the backwoods swamps of the Old South.” Stephanie Taylor for LAist
>>>"There’s concept and then there’s follow-through…and when it comes to musical-act-meets-theatrical-performance, you can’t help but be impressed by the efforts of the Black Tongued Bells music. In their original stage production you’ll hear what’s been described as ‘Electrified jug-band-blues sauce with a Waitsain twist’, see if your life is changed in a backwoods way forever."- Los Angeles City Beat
>>>"This is an exceptionally special entertainment event—there is nothing quite like it anywhere—a class act all the way…deserves the attention of audiences everywhere" -Jana Pendragon, KXLU 88.9FM
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Sample Songs: http://www.theblacktonguedbells.com/track_samples_acoustic.html