Journey of a Bombshell: The Ina Ray Hutton Story

solo performance · honey bee productions · Ages 10+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show
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June 22, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

All I knew going in was that Ina Ray Hutton led a unique all-girl band, shortly Before My Time—-but when I emerged 1-1/4 hours later, I knew (almost) All About Ina, including that she “passed for white” (a quaint 20th-century social phenomenon)! The story of Melissa Ritz would make a good solo show of its own (she’s an ex-Air Force Sgt!), but she’s really done her homework about Ina Ray and her solo turn is constantly compelling. Not only does she have costumes and clips (black-and-white newsreel) but she’s a solid singer and dancer herself, and peppers the narrative with pop-song material of that long-ago period! Bravo to Melissa—-but where was the audience she deserved?

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